Nope. That graphic is not a mistake. It was the one we posted last year. It was sincerely full of excitement for the coming year, with no idea of what was in store.
Reflections On Individual Experiences
I know that for many, it’s been a very difficult, perhaps even the worst of years. People have lost loved ones, jobs, businesses, and hope. I had to stop watching the news for a while because it was just so damn depressing.
So I chose today, to reflect and share some of the good things that happened for me during the year of viruses and masks, and hope that you too, will find some of the joys you experienced in the past year.
For me personally:
*I finished another Gratitude journal. I have been writing in them for almost 20 years.
*I made wonderful new friends with so many of you as students, artists and fellow humans.
*I painted my first ever portrait of my grandson and it came out great! I’m working on the rest of the crew (I have 5 grandchildren).
*I got to do weekly art classes with those same grandchildren on two different continents and create some wonderful art and wonderful memories!
*My husband and I sold our house, moved to a house with no maintenance, and are now able to spend more time in North Carolina near family.
*New babies were born into our extended family.
*We were able to attend a family wedding, masks and all, but still joyful and happy!
In my business:
*I gained clarity on the business model that gave me the greatest opportunity to help other artists.
*I learned how to save artists money, and helped artists make money, through online art classes.
*I found a team of partners who do what they say they are going to do. They have done right by me and will do right by the artists I refer to them and genuinely help them to be successful.
*Some of my professional friendships grew and blossomed, some were new and promising, and some went by the wayside, which is ok. Sometimes it’s just not a good fit.
*I learned to step back, ask for help, and take some of the pressure off of myself, which in turn helped me be more patient in this thing we call digital learning and technology.
*I was able to create the new Zenso Creative™ Directory. I am super proud of how beautiful it is, and how powerful it can be for artists and students as it grows.
*I maintained my mission of community and my stance on accountability and cooperation. It’s the only way.
I have so many wonderful things to look forward to in the coming year and I hope that you too, will look on the bright side, and always remember that there’s joy, even in the darkest of days.
So here’s a new graphic. I took this photo on Bainbridge Island, Washington in July, 2019, the last time I saw my oldest daughter and her family before they left for an assignment in Japan. I have hope that I will see them this spring and I wish you all hope, tranquility, peace and good health in the coming year.
Here’s to 2021! Goodbye 2020!