Saturday, December 31, 2011

When One Door Closes...

Happy New Year everybody! 

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!

16 comments:

Diana Angus said...

Happy New Year Connie! I am going to devote more time to my work in 2012. I am also going to do some daily activities, (painting, drawing, collage) to keep my creative mind going. Your work and your sharing inspire me. I hope 2012 is a great one for you.

jenclair said...

I'm making a list of things I want to do this year, and one thing on the list so far is too read more non-fiction. Of course, there are a lot of creative hopes, too. Happy New Year!

frazzledsugarplummum said...

Thanks for the good wishes and a happy New Year to you too, Connie. Make art is my main goal this year as well as work on the host of little chores around the house and garden but definitely not to get worked up about getting them done. I want to enjoy this year. I too have radically altered/downsized my budget so I can live with less stress. Thanks for sharing your art and inspiration. It means a lot.

Sandy said...

Happy New Year. You have created a good life.

Lynda Howells said...

Happy New Year and may this year continue to be good for you and BE HAPPY...xxhappy dyeing my friendxx lynda

Diane Wright said...

Inspirational post. Thanks!

Meg in Nelson said...

I couldn't agree with you more about the artificial feeling of THE New Year, but I appreciate we get a new start every 365 days.

All the best to your fun, relaxing 2012, Connie.

Deb Levy said...

Happy New Year Connie! May it be wonderful for you and Bee Gee.

Gerrie said...

Happy New Year, sweet friend. I am going to have more fun in my studio. I don't want to get bogged down in making work for someone else's criteria. I know there will be times when that happens, but I really want to get back to the exhilaration of the discovery in surface design.

Nora said...

Have a very happy new year, Connie, although you seem to have had a good one last year too. May this one be doubly good. All my best wishes to you and then some. XOX

Sandra Rude said...

Happy New Year to you, Connie! May 2012 bring creativity and joy into every day of your life.

susan christensen said...

Happy New Year, artificial construct that it is, Connie! I wish you a great 2012, love, sus

tiedyejudy said...

What a wonderful, positive post! I am so glad you have been able to let your back heal, and that you have been able to adjust so well to 'downsizing' your life! I hope that this year and those to come are good to you, letting you do what you do best... create beauty that you want to create, when you want to! Happy New Year and hugs to you and Bee Gee!

Joanna said...

I'm impressed with everything you accomplished in 2011, especially downsizing to 300 sq. ft, loving it, AND still looking to let go of more "stuff"! I'm not quite THERE yet, but have given myself a new theme for 2012: MAINTAIN MOMENTUM. I want to spend more time creating and less time accumulating additional fabric and supplies that I don't need. In other words, create and give away!

Maggi said...

May you look back on 2012 with even more satisfaction than you have this year. Enjoy your creativity.

cri-cri said...

wish you a wonderful year with people to love around ...