The beginning of a new year is a time to reflect back on the past year. For me, 2011 was challenging to say the least, in many ways, but also full of blessings. I’ve dealt with so many struggles this year, but one lesson I learned was to find the joy in everything- even in the darkest hours. There’s ALWAYS something to be thankful for, even when you’re not feeling very thankful. When the waves came one after the other, and I felt like I was going to drown, my faith carried me through in some amazing ways.
I’ve honestly been struggling a lot with my “new identity” as an artist this year. I was very successful in my past field and didn't realize how much of my self worth was wrapped up in it. Going from being an expert in your field to not knowing anything wore on my confidence, and I'd start longing for the good old days when I knew what I was doing. But the past is gone now and I've decided I’m not looking back anymore. I believe if you're always looking behind you, you can't see where you're going. It’s time to step up and embrace the gifts God gave me and the opportunity He’s given me to use them.
I truly believe I’m entering a new season which will be full of blessings and opportunities. I’m committed to re-focusing on painting, "owning" my gift, being more involved in the industry, exploring other artistic avenues, being content right where I am, doing the best I can, and “preparing for rain”! I’m looking forward to everything God has in store for me this year!
Whether you’re family, a friend, a customer, or someone who just enjoys my work, THANK YOU for all your continued support! My prayer for you is to have an incredible New Year overflowing with blessings!
With much appreciation,