Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bringing in the New

What can I say about 2011?  Was it a good year?  In many ways it was...at least eventually I hope to only see it that way.

I got to do many fun things, experience some goals for myself, start a long awaited relationship over with my son, watch my grandkids grow like weeds into well adjusted, healthy young kids, learn new art techniques which brought my personal creativity to a new level and to recognize most of my blessings, see old friends, travel a little and appreciate who I am.

I experienced health challenges along the way which will hopefully make me a healthier and stronger person who will live longer as I have lots of things I still want to achieve.  It was pretty scary going thru it all but I'm blessed to now see the light at the end of the tunnel as they say.

Reflecting back now, I realize a lot of things about this year that have made me a better person, mother, grand mother, friend, woman, partner and artist.  I also recognize now that God has a plan and I'm not in control.  But, if I listen very carefully I'll get to where I'm suppose to be in God's plan and in God's time without many bumps in the road along the way.

There are some words that will be in my vocabulary on a regular basis this new year...
1-Gratitude always number 1
2-Humility
3-Acceptence
4-Respect
5-Appreciation
6-Blessings
7-Wonder
8-Abundance
9-Obedience
10-Recognize God's presence in my life

I'll be 66 in less than 2 months and I think it's about time I have finally come into my own.  So here's to the old...2011 and I welcome the new...2012.  I intend to make 2012 my most brilliantly successful year yet.

Here's some things I created throughout 2011

Mixed media handmade jewelry
Mixed media handmade jewelry

"I Have Everything I Need" mixed media painting on canvas SOLD
Unframed (better for photos) shadow box mosaic collage "Gratitude" SOLD
"With all my Heart" small mixed media in shadow box frame
"serenity" Totally handmade with acrylic shield
Mixed media cuff bracelet SOLD
"Make it Natures Way" mosaic collage in shadow box frame
"Mixed media neckless SOLD
"Look Within" mixed media on canvas SOLD
"Home Sweet Home" Hanging Fabric collage quilt
"I'm Still Learning" SOLD
"Inspired" SOLD
"Fruits of Life" mixed media painting on canvas SOLD
"Anticipation" mixed media on canvas SOLD
"Endless Tomorrows" Mixed media on canvas
Shadow box mosaic collage SOLD
"New Beginnings" acrylic painting on canvas
A collage book that went into a shadow box frame SOLD
Living Fearlessly, a mixed media painting on canvas
Oh my, and this is just a handful!  There are so many more things I could post but I won't.  I'm finding it so interesting to see how much work I've created just this year.  I'm astounded!  I guess I just don't realize how much I do accomplish.  This is, of course, a blessing to know as I don't give myself enough credit most of the time.  I will now I'm sure....I'm feeling kind of proud actually.  I hope I can remember this when I start to doubt myself.

Well, this takes me to the last post of 2011.  I had many followers before I lost my original blog and only a few now so I'll just send my wishes out to old and new friends if only by spirit.
May the New Year of 2012 bring you many blessings both for you and your family, perfect health and many joyous moments to reflect on.  Wishing you Peace of Mind, Lots of Inspiration and Much Love throughout and always.  God Bless You!
Renee

2 comments:

Lisa Holtzman said...

What an amazing year you have had my friend. So artistically prolific and diverse, the multiple health set backs and challenges, the beautiful renewed relationship with your son. You always come out optimistic, inspired and inspiring. Happy and HEALTHY New Year to you. Looking forward to seeing what wonderful art you will grace the world with in 2012.
xxoo
Lisa

Jane Farr said...

I think this is my favorite Renee post to date! I love that you are deliberate in your reflections in order to grow. May joy and peace be yours. xoxo