I am bidding 2011 farewell and still I have a smile on my face. I am pleased to say that I have achieved success in this last year and that success has been based on finally learning to manage my own expectations of ... myself. I started 2011 really wanting to find some old assemblage of myself, one that I could patch up, one that by the end of the year would look nearly as good as new. Starting a blog was very much part of the search both for the old and the new me and the re-defining of my Artist identity, my identity outside of being a wife and mother. Today marks a year since my first blog post and it has been nothing short of a cathartic adventure. I have felt cleansed by the freedom to express thoughts and feelings here without any real burden of what others might think.
Blogging has served as a regular ablution, a comfort, a focus. The blogging community at large has been a true inspiration. It is a community in which I have found other like-minded folks,friends, people up against the same problems or experiences, doubts, pressures that I regularly encounter. A community of people commenting on daily dips and triumphs, big and small, creative journeys and new ideas and above all a community thriving in sharing, offering support and solace to a huge and varied audience making it something very special to be a part of. All of this and all without you having to leave the house!
I will be taking a little time to reflect on this last year, it may take some time before I have any more words to share about it, if indeed there is more to say. I am looking forward to finding some words to talk about the two performances that I documented over the christmas period with the help of some very talented and generous friends, there is definitely more to say here.
In the mean time I am wishing you all a very happy new year, a very fulfilling 2012!!!