I want to take a moment to wish friends and family an amazing and wonderful year in 2012.
Like so many others I have chosen not to make any resolutions this year. It is my firm belief that by doing so I set my self up for failure and that is something I do not need help in doing. I don't want to feel the feeling of defeat and frustration or the incredible shame I feel in myself when I fail.
So I am going to like many of my creative friends adopt a word - a word that will guide my life and help me celebrate my 50th year of life. There are millions of great words to choose from, such as :
Joy, Happiness, Peace, Nurture, Fitness, Laughter, Savor, Harmony, Tranquility, Serenity, Calm, Foster, Cultivate, Develop, Support and Encourage.
For 2012 I have chosen the word Change. Many of you heard me say that the winds of change were blowing for me in 2010 and 2011 - in that case I was responding to the will and force of the world surrounding me. In 2012 I am going to be the one altering, modifying, Transforming, Amending, and perhaps Revolutionizing MY LIFE. The decision to take CHANGE into my own life after 50 years of rolling with it and adapting is scary. I know that I can do this, and I will reach new Highs, and new Lows as I make this journey. What I hope is that my choice to change will leave a positive impact on those around me. I will make some people unhappy in the short term...........but I hope that in the long run they will see that changes I made .......will make their lives better.
One of the changes that I am going to be making has to do with my "kids" that I volunteer with at an inner city school. Late in November 10 were moved to another class and that teacher does not have the time to let me share scrapbooking with his class. Its cool those kids will have new and fun experiences...........but in December when I went to wish them a Merry Xmas I was literally knocked off my feet with their hugs, and tears begging me to let them scrap. To get their teacher to continue it. I left the class room heartbroken because at the time I could not think of a way for them to take part and continue the creative journalling, or the scrapbooking.
So after much thought I have decided to gear my blog towards the kids, inviting them to check in and learn new things and be stimulated to continue their creativity. I have been putting together scrap packs together to give after the holiday break so that they will have some supplies of their own and that they will be able to meet with me at noon hours on Tuesday to get new supplies from the generous donations that my peeps have donated, and if they desire a chance to share their work. So I hope that this will allow those kids to continue to express their creativity and the thoughts that run through their precious minds.
I am going to resume sharing my own work as means of sharing my art, and perhaps invoking someone else to a creative inspiration.
Change is a wonderful thing - especially if you can make life better for just one small child.
Happy New Year to Every One!