Last year I wrote a new year's post about everything I was looking forward to. There was so much hope for a good year and so many plans I couldn't even share yet. And it was an amazing year.
But the reality is that there were a lot of hard stretches. Personally, this was a hard year. From where I stand I can see the magnificent high points AND the very low points that no one else can see. I am glad to celebrate the high points but looking back I cannot ignore the hard stuff – the low points and all the work it took to get to the high points. The highs were amazing but I feel like the lows were pretty low.
Does it have to be that way, I wonder? If I want the peaks do I have to go so low in between? Maybe. I am looking forward starting Louise Gale's ecourse again next week and going through the exercises she has created to honor the past and look forward!
And where I am now feels hard. I am trying to be brave, but change is hard and stressful. I find solace in I knowing I am on the right path and I feel it promising a beautiful future.
So on to the celebrating. Looking back these are the mountains I climbed:
- Seek Your Course: idea to launch in 6 months! What a ride that was! And it continues to grow and evolve. Lots of exciting developments on the way in 2012.
- It was a beautiful winter full of snow and snow shoeing. Tried ice climbing and loved it. Planning on doing more this winter.
- Finished my 5th year of teaching. It was a hard year, especially once I started Seek Your Course and spent all my extra time in that, but good.
- Applied for artist residencies and got into two. Chose Spain.
- Attended EncaustiCamp in Oregon in July. What an amazing group of people! So creative and uplifting.
- Asked to teach at EncaustiCamp 2012. So excited to be offering a class I really love and that is so personally fulfilling for me. Want to join me?
- Quit my job teaching with mixed feelings. But certainly not looking back.
- Kickstarter success. Raised over $2,200 for my residency in Spain. Supported by 39 people. Still feel blessed.
- Lots of time spent with friends and family this year. As I looked through photos I realized just how awesome it has been.
- Finally climbed Mt. Washington and partially completed the Presidential Traverse in New Hampshire.
- Europe and my artist residency. Where to begin reccounting the exciting times and accomplishments? I guess climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland (highest peak in the UK) and the 11,000'+ Mt. Perdido in Spain tops the list. And my residency provided an infusion of time into my painting practice. An amazing experience. And I saw the Queen of England. Icing on the cake.
- UPDATE: How could I forget? My Shows! Seeing my art hanging in Spain, New York, Miami and here in my town.
Looking ahead, this is what I am looking forward to in 2012:
- Teaching Encaustics: in-studio classes here in Western Massachusetts, East Coast workshops in February, April, & May, EncaustiCamp in July, and ...
- Headed to Artfest in Seattle in March. Ben and I will explore the northwest together too. His first time.
- Really hoping to make it to Texas (for the first time) in September for the International Encaustic Artists conference there.
- Participating in a couple of artist groups – one local, one virtual – to build community and have some accountability in this self-employment thing.
- Working on the house. This has to be the year of finishing this place or I WILL go crazy.
- SYC developments. Connecting more creative people with the learning opportunities out there!