Put the finishing touches on two more canvases for the Bluerock Gallery exhibit in March, only five more to go - yes! My goal is to have 19 new pieces to share, 7 larger pieces and 12 smaller ones. It's been such a wonderful holiday, spending time with my family and also enjoying time in my studio, painting while listening to my new Tivoli stereo which has incredible, clear sound for such a small piece of equipment. I've also inherited my husband's iPod shuffle to which I've uploaded my new Birdy CD (from my daughter), The Civil Wars, Melody Gardot, Of Monsters and Men...great painting music.
And my new Word-of-the-Year necklace, wisdom, arrived from Beki Hastings of The Rusted Chain this morning and I love it. It will be a gentle reminder for me to take the time to think before making any decisions over the next year. Instead of making choices based on fear...of rejection, of being forgotten, of offending...take the time to breathe, pray, and consider if the choices I am making are the right ones right now. I am so thankful to have these physical reminders as my daughters keep telling me that I have a 'yes' problem, I say 'yes' to everybody and every thing, even when it is not in my best interest. So, though I love to be involved, to contribute, to help others, I am focusing this year on (hopefully) trusting in my own wisdom to do what is right for me.