A lot of people across the various media and friendship groups I am connected to, have declared 2016 to be a terrible year.
So many well known celebrities, are no longer with us, world politics has become somewhat disturbing and of course the weather is all upside down.
On a personal front though, 2016 held it’s challenges and became a year of learning for me.
I started the year, struggling emotionally. I was lost, and possibly depressed. Home from my amazing adventure, and straight into the christmas chaos.
I set about clearing the clutter, emotionally as well as physically and even wrote a large list of things I needed to remember to get myself back on top.
It was sad though, that as I began to find myself again, I lost a friendship that I thought would weather the storm, but I learned that some people are more fairweather unless it is me giving them the umbrella or the life line.
But when one door closes, others open. I found good strong equal friendships in others. People who not only accepted my weirdness but helped me celebrate it.
People who listened without judgement as I processed all that was going on in my head and in my life.
People who shared laughter and ice cream and glasses of wine while we skyped.
I gave myself permission to be alone. To be selfish and say “no” when I needed.
Permission to switch off, to sit down, read that trashy romance novel and just chill.
I discovered that walking is good therapy so I put on my headphones and just walked.
In 2016, I overcame the fear of painting portraits, and of painting in oils.
I think this year has seen me produce some of my best work yet.
I have had fun painting pets and animals, pushing myself and my colours.
A few landscapes also in the mix, again, pushing myself in style and technique.
Painting for pleasure mostly, a bonus if they sold.
And I continue to write here, perhaps not as often as once I did, but still putting words and thoughts down and hopefully bringing smiles to the few who still come and read.
So as 2016 comes to an end, I am grateful for all that she has given me. The love, the laughter, the learning and life.
I look forward to new adventures in 2017. I have plans to paint walls and freshen up the house. There is talk of travel perhaps to coincide with our 25th Wedding anniversary in September. Road trip to Canberra perhaps.
With a bit of luck, 2017 will see my boys find full time work and maybe I might even find a new job or direction.
I will continue to paint. Hopefully sell a few too, although at the moment I am not chasing exhibitions.
In 2017, there will be more smiles and laughter, less giving a fuck about things that really don’t matter and plenty of gratitude.
I wish you all Love, Luck, Health, Happiness and Peace.
Thank you for being part of my world
Happy New Year