You can't buy jeans that fit off the internet!

As 2022 rolls in on the back of a number of important deadlines, the year ahead is already shaping up to be one filled with change. If you have ever read my business card, one side of the card specifically clarifies how I feel about change. "Change is the stepping stone to success." Terrifying yet exhilarating at the same time. In all honesty, I have to push myself to change things up. I like predictability, the ability to fall into a routine that is comfortable and proven. With change comes the risk of not knowing what will happen or where one might end up. Change means striking out on a new path, learning new things, expanding ones horizons, taking a risk!

I am one month into the year and I have completed my first big move. Literally, I moved (for the second time in a few months) into a much larger studio. This space is huge (18'x19') with north and west facing windows that reach for the sky! The natural light is soul feeding and uplifting. I am hungry to get back to painting. There are a number of other time sensitive projects that stand between me and a paint brush. Cloning myself would be really helpful right about now!

Technology. You can't live with it, you can't live without it! An online store, and all that comes with pulling that off, are in the works. Don't get me going about accounting programs. Let's just say the past few months have been overwhelming, a drastic learning curve (which is still ongoing), and transitional. There is currently nothing routine about the $$$$ situation! The nearest deadline is Feb 28th. Closely following by the next deadline of March 31st. Did I mention that I want to paint? I ran out of Fairy Dust and have resorted to chocolate! There ain't no such thing as a knight in shining armour rolling in on horseback to rescue anyone. Sorry to break the ever elusive princess complex, but this artist knows the truth of success comes with hard work, sacrifice, and a little luck.

Upon looking back on 2021 I can see that all my hard work lead to some pretty amazing results. With my head down, I plowed onward, completing each task and project as it rose up before me. I embraced learning and exploring new techniques. It was in this busyness that I found the tools I needed to help me coup with this crazy pandemic. I picked up a few awards, received recognition for my hard work, I got to meet a lot of new people. All or most of them were over Zoom!! Good thing, the current wardrobe does not support in-person meetings.

The pandemic hasn't gone anywhere. I have a lot of work to do that will keep me grounded and moving toward my goals. There is a well laid out plan ahead of me. I just need to keep my head down, and keep focused on those end goals.

I ended 2021 tired. There are still no vacations on the horizon. It is impossible to buy jeans that fit off the internet. The gray hair was not planned. Apparently I won't ever get my dining room back. The future looks bright! The new studio is now my quiet sanctuary, a place where I can spread my wings and soar. Every blank canvas is a masterpiece in the works!

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