Every year around this time I tend to get a bit introspective. Thinking about the year. Remembering the good and the not so good. One might say that 2014 was not on my top 10 list. It began with some personal health issues for me, placing my elderly father in the hospital and later into assisted living and helping our oldest navigate a difficult decision to come home from his first year of college. You could say we started out in crisis mode vs sailing into the new year with an inspirational exercise and diet plan.
Quite honestly, there have been many challenges this last year and there were moments I felt somewhat lost. However, in between all those moments, there has always been much to be grateful for ~ a beautiful new day, a roof over my head, food in our refrigerator, my supportive husband, my amazing children, my parents, many dear friends and, of course, art! Creatively speaking, 2014 was amazing ~ I created more than in year's past, remodeled our garage into a studio, hosted some wonderful events, attended several fabulous classes and workshops and even redid my website and this blog. Art definately was there for me many, many times this year!
And while many of the stressors that began my year still exist ~ I am here! I am grateful! I am hopeful!
Ironically, over the last several years I began collecting vintage mary statues. This lovely madonna above is my newest find. Not being raised religiously, I began buying these spiritual relics more from a sense of awe and some sort of connection ~ I just went with it and trusted there was a reason. As I type this post today, I feel in my heart that right now they are reminders to have faith. Faith in myself. Faith during the challenges that will surely come. Faith that something spiritual is watching over me and those I love so dearly. Faith to just let go.
I wish much the same for you ~ my much cherished family of bloggers, FB friends, and IG inspirers! Whether you are near or far, much magic is in my heart for you this 2015! Let's hold on tight and see where this crazy adventure called life takes us! I am ready!