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.