Saturday, December 31, 2011
When One Door Closes...
A reminder that there's a blog giveaway in process right now. Details on this post, or leave a comment here telling me one new or different thing you plan to do for yourself or your art in 2012. Winner of the quilt shown in the link above will be drawn on Tuesday morning, January 3.
It's always rather strange to me that the year changes, literally from one day to the next, but nothing appears different out in nature. To the planet, it's just another day.
My goals for 2011 were largely qualitative. For the first time in my life I wasn't tied to numbers of things I would create -- art pieces, dollars, whatever. And some pretty amazing things happened that I hadn't anticipated, this time last year...
I was able to quit working in June, and my life is my own now. I'd planned on working for another few years. But I started having serious back problems and had to quit. My back is largely healed, thank god. In exchange for a couple months' acute pain and suffering, I got my life back. Completely unanticipated. Chicken shit became chicken salad.
I seriously reorganized my finances so I could manage without working any longer, and I was able to pay off my 2008 car in full, two and a half years early. Completely unanticipated.
I completed the enormous downsize and simplification process that began for me a few years ago. Now I comfortably live and make art in 300-square foot Rose Cottage -- and I am continually letting go of more stuff I don't need.
Plus, for the number crunchers among us, I created 35 art quilts, hundreds of new collages and sky photos, yards and yards of hand dyed and surface designed fabrics, and likely more stuff than I'm remembering at the moment.
I've been extolling the virtues, lately, of living without goals ~ embracing what emerges and going with it. My only goal for 2012, for lack of a better word, is to have a great year. Whatever happens, it'll be wonderful.
Have a great New Year's weekend, see you next year, and don't forget about the giveaway!