New year, New moon… breathe-throughs and change…

I’m sure retrospectives are quite common for blogs, but this will be my first.

I’d like to share that 2013 wasn’t my best year, but it was full of lessons–and I don’t mean just knitting. Life lessons. Big nasty hairy drooling lessons. I’m so grateful for the lessons. I’m even more grateful that the new moon on this new year brings some renewed energy, an outlook that I so desperately need.

There is much change lurking on the horizon. I feel like it’s watching me and licking its lips from behind a giant mound of lessons. Basically, a change-monster. It looks like a viking, very intimidating and threatening in an armoured helmet equipped with horns and heavy weapons. I see it there. It lurks with an enormous axey thing in its big burly hand, staring intently, waiting, watching, ready to pounce. Change-monsters are absolutely inevitable and often painful. I do hope, though, mine brings me some chocolate to make all these lessons he will dole out in short order just a little more palatable.

2013 had many positive changes and things to be happy about. This year I started blogging about my art, my work with textiles and mixed media. That was a wonderful change. I’ve learned a lot about website building and have some ideas for updates and upgrades to the look and feel. I have a new appreciation for developers, the advances in software, and the exploding social media landscape.

This year I had a few breathe-throughs (breakthrough experiences) that I wouldn’t trade for anything like an important relationship developing with my mentor and myself. This year I had many creative breathe-throughs about my own development and process. I became unapologetic about my own artistry and statement behind my work. This year, I’ve embraced my age, my gray, my body image, and my self-love, feeling full for the first time instead of looking for something or someone else to fill it.

As for you, dear reader, I wish you a peaceful new year with only as many breathe-throughs as you want.

Peace, pilgrim…


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