As 2017 commences, we have a sense of newness that is uplifting and inspiring. Sunday, New Year’s Day, was a beautiful day filled with sunshine and fresh, crispy air. For the first time…ever…I was able to take the entire week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. It was a good time to reflect and restore. Sometimes we get so busy and wrapped up in daily business that we don’t take time to look at the overall picture. Last year was a roller coaster, filled with plenty of ups and downs. There were quite a few times that I thought the downs were outnumbering the ups! We always enjoy the “ups” but, in retrospect, I am in awe at the support and love of friends and family during the down times. My heart overflows with the generosity and kindness bestowed during these dark times.
Looking towards the new year, I am filled with determination to make this year one of the best yet. I am not big on resolutions, however, I think we all look at the new year as a new beginning. With that in mind, I cleaned my studio, organized my shelves, and straightened my office. Fresh ideas and excitement flood my mind as I pull out new sketchbooks.
Even though my 2017 calendar is filled with travels, classes, and conventions, the list for new product and designs is long and ambitious! I am so excited to start moving those brushes that I can hardly wait to get home to my studio!
I would encourage you to count your blessings, take time to love, give a helping hand, spread your wings, say a kind word, learn something new, share with others, and take time for yourself.
Be sure to do your part, enjoy each day no matter what and I am sure 2017 will be filled with adventure, fun and memories!
Love and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year! Chris