Happy New Year my Amazing, Beautiful and Creative Friends!
I would like to start out with saying I feel so blessed to have all of you sweet beautiful people in my life – those who follow me – leave comments – take my classes – support me – show me love and are there for me. I can’t express the gratitude that I feel towards all of you in words the way that I wish I could. But PLEASE know that each and everyone of you is a blessing to me and I am genuinely thankful to have you you by my side and sharing my journey and yours as we enter and go through 2018 together.
What Lies Ahead… and New Years Resolutions
I don’t know about all of you but I’m not so much for New Years Resolutions. I have seen those who are all about it – Pack the gym for the month of January and by February 1st are burnt out. Or the influx in students into the yoga studio only to have all those who said they were committed never sign back up for the next months session. Does that mean that I don’t believe in goals or those who want to try New Year Resolutions? Of course not they just aren’t for me. I just feel real true goals come from within. They are ones in your heart, ones that get followed because it’s what you WANT to do not what others are doing so you follow or what someone says you should do or even what you think others say you should do.
All that being said do I set goals for the New Year? Well not so much or at least I don’t really like to call them goals. I like to focus my self more on Positive Intentions for the New Year. I take some time and ask myself what do I really want to get out of 2018? And what do I hope to give back. Then I make a more detailed list to mull over and answer the following questions to myself about each one of them.
- Does it serve a purpose for me – the purpose could simply be pleasure but it still needs a purpose.
- Is it something that is truly in my heart that I want to do or pursue or is it something I think I should do or that I think others expect me to do?
- Does it have meaning – will it make a different to me or someone or the world if I choose to move forward on an idea or goal?
- Will it make me a better person and help me grow in some way?
- Is it in my best interest? This is extremely important because sometimes we put too much emphasis on things that are in others best interests and forget that we need to put ourself first. It’s kind of like – in an airplane they tell you to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others – well most of us know that if we pass out first or right after putting on another persons first we won’t be of help to anyone. But we forget that it’s true in most things in life as well.
One of my intentions in 2018 is to make choices to include things in my life that have more meaning, to share in ways to help others and be a positive force in this universe.
I’m not looking to do “more” for the sake of more – I want to do less but what I do I want to do with more meaning & positivity
I didn’t do a recap of 2017 prior to this post because I wanted to include it here. I spent a lot of December really thinking about 2017 and all the things that happened, all the people I met, and all the things I was involved. Over all it was a very turmoiled year for me – much of December I spent feeling “off” and “tired”. Not really knowing what was going on and perhaps it had something to do with Mercury being in “retrograde”. But I knew that I had to slow down. I needed to really think about things and meditate on what I wanted for 2018. Sometimes in order to move forward we have to look back and where we were.
I started 2017 out with a Bang and came up with “Stencil Crush Tuesday’s” for my youtube channel. I wanted to do something unique and weekly on my channel I also wanted to practice creating videos. Well as the spring progressed and I became a member of the StencilGirl Team and the Roben_Marie Team along with my mom getting ill, it soon became almost impossible to keep up with it so I let it go. I was disappointed in myself in feeling like I didn’t complete it for a whole year but by June I was on 3 creative teams and my time was thin as well as some personal things that transpired with my family that I just couldn’t do it all anymore.
It was an honor to be a part of all these teams don’t get me wrong. But looking back now I realized that I was in some senses trying to “keep busy” to avoid all the feelings I was having. September rolled around and I lost my heart and soul pug. I had already had so much heartache this year I just couldn’t understand why she had to leave me. I wanted to give up on everything at that point. I felt so broken it was unreal.
Coming fast was the StencilGirl and Friends Retreat in Kentucky at the end September which brought it all to a head for me. It forced me to slow down and actually take time to art journal for me – I was surrounded by friends and love and tears when we started our first class. Things just hit me like a damn hammer in the head and emotions all came flowing. But shortly after I returned it was like most retreats when you are all there you are going to keep in touch and when you get back well I did have a couple who we call each other and chat. But it was then that I realized that I miss the in-person “teaching”.
It was then that I realized that was going to be one of the things I would focus on in 2018 – creating personal – touching – in person retreats that are heartfelt and have meaning. I was craving the “girl time” and the real true heartfelt connections that should be had with art.
A huge focus for me this year is teaching in person workshops and retreats
I am thankful for all the amazing creative teams I have been on and am on – they have given me so much experience and the wonderful people I’ve met through being on them has been priceless. My term for Roben Marie ended in December and Tiare Smith has decided to not continue the team as she it focusing in a different direction – although we do have plans to continue to work collaboratively together which I’m excited about!! And of course I have the StencilGirl team which I am still proudly a part of.
I am looking at the changes as positive. Closing doors that no longer serve a purpose and opening new doors to new opportunities and exciting paths.
I feel so good about 2018 and excited about the possibilities and new endeavors that it holds for me and my art – I feel like being that fire work I posted above and I want to shoot into the night sky with an open heart and mind to what the universe has in store for me! And I wish the same for all of you! Lets shoot into the night sky together a bunch of beautiful blazing stars Shining Bright!
My Word of the Year = LOVE
you can read all about it here in this post I did at the end of 2017 for StencilGirl
I have a beautiful new project I’ve been working on that will be ready I hope by the end of the week to launch and share with all of you. But for now I will share a little sneak peek.
Don’t forget that you can still sign up for the BadAss Art Journal Class and get a $10 discount using the code : SOBADASS time is running out to save with this code so be sure to sign up today right here. I want to share this class with all you BadAss Creatives out there. So let’s get our Paint and Journals out and Share some creative time together. Sign up today right here. A list of products used in my project will be going out before the end of the month in my newsletter. Below catch a sneak peek of the project you will be creating with me in this class.
Friends thank you for sharing some of your time with me today!! I cherish all of you!! Enjoy your First day of the New Year!!
This is what you get when you keep a puppy up till Midnight lol – Happy New Year My friends xxoo – Sherry