Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Brand New Year




I hope you all had a happy, fun and safe New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Josh and I spent our time at  home with close friends dancing and singing on the front porch while watching fireworks. It was pretty fun and I'm thankful to have ended the past year with them. This year I'm not making any resolutions, despite the fact that I'm a huge fan of resolutions(I mean huge fan...love them). I just decided this year to go with the flow. Last year I set a ton of goals and resolutions for myself and within two months of the new year I was faced with more medical testing than I've ever experienced in my life as well as a biopsy and a cancer threat. Needless to say my plans were a little skewed. The past year has not been easy, I've been to the doctor more in the last year than I ever have in my entire life and the testing won't stop this coming year but I'm coming to terms with it a little more every day. I think the majority of the year was really tough on me (like an emotional rollercoaster) and I didn't blog as much because of it. I'd much rather talk about positive things so I only blog when I have something fairly positive or note worthy to talk about. Also, I have been quieter because I've been working on a new handmade business venture for the past four-ish months. I spend a lot of my free time working on that, free time that would normally be spent blogging. However, a lot of things are changing this coming year and I think the breaks in blogging have really given me the time to think and to re-direct myself on to a path that I think is better for my whole family and better for blogging. I'm excited to share my new shop and my plans with you within the next two months.

I think the *roughness* of the past year has made me think about what's really important and focus on that. Josh has been so very supportive through all my treatments and testing and we've become a lot closer through it all. I didn't even know we'd get that much closer after almost seven years of marriage but it's true. Being gone at the office for my day job for nearly ten hours each day makes me run home and hug my little girl longer and harder than before.  Being taken out of my studio for so many hours a day to focus on things that are the very opposite of art and craft has somehow made me even more inspired and creative than before. I don't know if going through so many medical/stressful things made me not inspired for awhile or if it was the fact that I needed a change of scenery but deep down in my bones I have come to realize what I was made for and it has always been and will always be some sort of creative job. So there are things that are changing for the better these days and I'm looking forward to what this year will bring me (and my family). I mean every word of this as something positive but yes, I'd like to kick 2012 really hard sometimes. Just glad it's over. Now on to better things my friends.

Hope this New Year is better than them all.

Love,
   Erin

14 comments:

  1. Happy New Year! Here's to new, bigger and better things coming your way in 2013. :)

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  2. Sending you so many positive vibes for 2013! I LOVE your blog, LOVE your crafts, LOVE your business and just adore you - you are doing GREAT things girlie. Hang in there. And know you are the one who has inspired me to blog :0) http://odetomyfamily.wordpress.com
    Hugs to you and I can NOT wait to see what you have been making.
    Fondly,
    Shannon

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    1. You are too sweet. I'm just thrilled to hear that I inspired you to blog. That makes my day. I will share my new venture within the next two months. I'm trying to perfect it all before I share it. I'm looking forward to blogging more too.

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  3. Happy New Year! I found your blog while looking for some craft show tips and I have been on it now for awhile checking out your stuff. I love, love, love your stuff! Your paintings in your art journal are beautiful and vibrant and I adored your lalaloopsy themed party. Also found your craft show tips super helpful and inspiring (one of my goals for the year is to do my first craft show). Thanks for all the good info and I am so sorry to hear about your tough 2012. Wishing you a much happier 2013!
    Thanks again,
    Jenna @www.sensationallyseasonal.com

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    1. I love hearing how you found my blog. Your comment here has really encouraged me to paint some more so when you see more painting posts just know that they are inspired by you. Thank you!

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  4. So sweet! Stopping by from Sugar and Dots to say hello. Enjoy the first weekend of 2013! XO

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  5. Happy New Year! Hope you get a better year this year! I just wanted to tell you how much I love your blog! I try to check in every to see if you've posted anything new. You're a very inspiring person and artist. xx Ebba

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    1. Thank you so very much! Means more tha tyo uknow.

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  6. Happy 2013! I've taken a blog hiatus and am excited to catch up on your adventures now. Sorry to hear that the past year was tumultuous, though the retrospective attitude you have is very inspiring. Here's to lots of good things in the new one!

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  7. The new one has a new year it is necessary to celebrate with your loved one

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  8. It was very cool thanks for all this to her.

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