Every year I look back on my discoveries, accomplishments, and breakthroughs. This year I decided to make it a visual review. Blogging provides a great record and my blog is chock full of evidence. I pulled out a couple of photos from each month. 2010 was a year mixed with great achievements and great heartbreak. Art really does save. My journals, photography, and blogging keeps me focused on the positive and tender moments. I don't know how to live my life without these outlets. For those of you who have been following my blog, you know my dad's health hasn't been good. I am grateful that he is getting stronger and that I can visit him each week. As for my accomplishments they are too numerous to mention. I'm thrilled that my art is now published in books (thank you Patti Digh) and in calendars, and hung in seven exhibits throughout the year. I've made some personal breakthroughs with my health that has me smiling! Best of all have been the connections that I've made throughout the year. I've participated in a number of gatherings and hosted a couple. Through blogging and Facebook, I've met many wonderful people all of whom have touched my heart.
As I look over these photos I see a lot of heart and soul. I am filled with so much passion and have many new and bigger goals that will involve lots of heart. To help me break through the fear to grab my dreams and make them happen calls for love. So often, I get in my own way. Those inner critics can be very gripping. What I've learned is how love dispels the fear and bolsters the spirit. I'm declaring *LOVE* as my watchword for 2011. Each month I'll blog a little about the topic exploring how to nurture and cultivate it and spread it around. I know exactly where I need to start -- that is with loving me.
One young boy of eight years really touched my heart on Christmas Eve. He was so taken by the yule log cake and meringue mushrooms that I had made. He was filled with such wonder and excitement. At that moment, I could see that I am a maker of magic and tender of wishes (thank you Jamie Ridler for these words). I seek to make a lot of magic and tend a lot of wishes in the year to come. As such the little mushroom will be my symbol of the year to remind me to stay young at heart and to play often.
So I want to leave you with my wish for YOU.
May you start each day feeling like you are unwrapping a present. May there be beautiful surprises and wondrous moments.
And if your heart is breaking (or not), I wish you love...
Here's to love!
Kathryn, Collage Diva