Looking Back at 2014
With 2014 nearing its end, it's good to look back and reflect over the year. I feel like I've accomplished a lot and I'm proud of how far I've come. But with six images to go, it doesn't look like I'll be finishing this 52 week project within the year of 2014. With the holidays and preparing to move (again), I've decided to spend the last few weeks of this year with family and friends who I've missed so much while trying to complete this project. It was so much harder than I thought it would be, especially with a full time job, then burning the midnight oil working on projects once I got home. I can't thank my husband enough for all his support. I know there were times that all he wanted to do was snuggle while I worked away in front of the computer. I am so grateful for his support and encouragement. Without him, I'm not sure I would have gotten as far as I did.
Even though I didn't meet my timeline, I don't consider this a failure. I don't believe in failure. I only believe in lessons learned. Because that's all failure really is. Learning what not to do. . . then picking yourself back up and try something different. . . until you eventually get it right. I think that's the most important lesson I've learned from all of this. I used to be so afraid of failure that I wouldn't even try new things because I just assumed I wouldn't be any good at it. I assumed I would fail before I even gave myself a chance. I thought I was saving myself from heartache by not trying. But the truth is, I was depriving myself of something far greater than success or failure. . . I was depriving myself of learning who I am and what I am capable of. Because until you at least try. . . until you put your whole heart and soul into something, you will never know what you can do. Hell. . . you just might surprise yourself. I know I did!
I have so much more to learn though, and this year was only the beginning of my journey. So, until next time, I wish you all an absolutely wonderful Holiday season and the very best for 2015. And from the bottom of my heart, thank you for following my creative journey and supporting my art. It has all been so overwhelming and touching. I started this year feeling broken, but I'm gradually making my way to becoming whole. And I wouldn't have had the courage to do that without your support and encouragement. So, thank you!!