Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Clean Slate . . . .

(Really, really big) WIP 

I love a new year. It carries with it the same air of possibility that you get as a kid at the beginning of a new school term; where fresh notebooks and new classes are replaced with goal setting and resolutions. It's endless potential, a blank canvas and a clean slate all wrapped into one . . .

And for me, this year truly is a new beginning. This is the first year I'm walking into without the expectation of having another baby by the end of it. Our decision to stop chasing after a second adoption after years of trying has given me a freedom that I never expected to have, and it has allowed me the opportunity to pursue my creative dreams sooner than I had expected to. I'm excited to see where this whole art thing leads and am grateful for the chance to go for it. 

So where will I be this year? Well, here. I've adjusted my schedule to allow for more time in the studio to create. I now have an Etsy shop to fill and want to give myself the greatest chance for success. With that in mind, I have also determined to be brave and try something new. I'll let you know what that means when I've actually done it (so I can still chicken out ;) but in the meantime, know that it is my intention to push myself and put myself "out there." 

As for blogging and blog hops, I will continue to play with PPF as much as possible and plan to be more present over at Sunday Sketches. I also hope to join a round of 29 Faces, which I have not yet attempted. I've just joined Life Book 2013 and am excited about watching those fabulous videos and learning from the bevy of talented teachers as well. 

Then there's the next installment of The Summer of Color 3: Artist Choice. As the name implies, it's all about choice this year and I think you'll like some of the changes I've made in order to keep the event fresh and exciting. I for one can't wait as I know this will be our best yet. . . .

So that's it (well, for now I suppose) - a year full of potential and possibilities - for us all. 

Bring it on,
Kristin xo

34 comments:

Sandi McLean said...

You certainly have my warmest creative wishes in reaching your goals! While at a much different point in my life, I do understand the freedom of letting life happen. You are a warm and generous soul, all of that will come back to you. :)

craftattack said...

Good luck in reaching your goals, and have fun! Hugs, Valerie

Jenny said...

What a beautiful post Kristin... lots of wonderful things in store... and full of fabulous possibilities... looking forward to reading about your journey in 2013...

Jenny ♥

Carin said...

I am so excited for you for this year Kristin! What a wonderful year to go into and make your own. You'll rock it, you know that right?! So glad you're in Life Book too. I haven't had a chance to look at any lessons yet, but can't wait to get going when my mum goes home, and feel so happy now I know you're taking it too :)

Janelle said...

I am looking forward to seeing more of your lovely art out in the world. I also can't wait until Summer of Color comes, this has become my favorite summer activity.

Laurie said...

beautiful post, good luck with your goals and ambitions pretty lady,

Prudence Puddleduck said...

I love to visit and read your bright and cheery inspiration. Art is the only therapy for me and I am seeing more and more finding that as well. Yeah! I will be watching for your new shop, brave girl! I would like to mention that what I have found to be very important to me when buying from Etsy crafters is that some take their sweet time in sending the purchase out? This puzzles me...it is a competative market and like everywhere in this world...the details count! So please dont be afraid....your attention to detail will serve you as one of the best!

♥Debi way up here in northern Canada

Gloria in CA said...

Hi Kristin. Sounds like a great plan and I wish you good luck in all your plans for this year. Have a great day.

Kelsey Valois said...

Hello my sweet! I guess I better get on the ball too. Must keep up with yoooouuuu! (that rhymed!)

Love you!!!

Love your girl here!

Love you!

Love you!!!

Kelsey Valois said...

ha... well I am not Kelsey, I'm Daniele! Oops! You know who this is! Silly Kelsey girl bombing my blogger!

Carmen said...

Such a lovely post. I am sending you warm wishes for all your goals this year, both the public ones and the top secret ;) Cannot wait for Summer of Colour :-)

Happy 2013 Kristin.

Cameron said...

Oooo....I can feel the air ripe with possibilities.....tangible dreams and a buzz of electric excitement...

Can't wait to see you tackle all with your signature cheeriness :)

Netty said...

You are definitely in a brilliantly positive mood and am so happy that you feel so much better for it. Am sure whatever challenge you set yourself you will succeed no matter what it is.
Looking forward to the new Summer of Color challenge....yea bring it on. Hugs Annette x

Christine said...

Happy New Year Kristin! I hope it will be a good one for us all.

Christine said...

and nice WIP!

Terri Corona said...

I love that you're in such a positive, energized place right now - good for you. You've set some great goals and I can't wait to see what the "something new" is!

Mary Ann Potter said...

There's something so clean and fresh about a new year. I know yours will be blessed. God is always faithful to His promises!!!

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Joanna said...

Beautiful WIP!

Exciting plans for the coming year, I'm looking forward to seeing everything you do :)

xxx
ps Brave decision about baby number 2 ((hugs)).

missy k said...

I just know your WIP in progress is going to be great!

Good luck with all of your plans for the New Year... it is an exciting time.

I am super excited about Summer of Color 3 :)

Karen x

Piarom said...

so exciting to read all your plans for the new year...looks like you will have a wonderful artsy time...have fun :)

Virginia said...

It's good to have plans and yours look great, loving the WIP!

Life 101 said...

I love the new year as well. It's almost like a breath of fresh air.
Rick ~ Your latest follower.

brandi said...

~good morning my friend...letting go of something we want to greatly is the biggest of challenges we can face...but it sounds as if you have found clarity in the most peaceful of ways...i am beyond excited for you and all that will come to be in the days ahead...let yourself run wild and free with your creativity...to steps yet taken...be brave~

krisatlarge said...

Kristin - I so enjoyed reading this post. Sounds like you are in a good place to just go for it on the art front this year - I'll be watching as I'm trying to decide how to come our of an "off site" career and take up an art one. I'll be looking to you for pointers on sucess in Etsy, too - and anxiously awaiting Summer of color. Best! Happy New Year! Kristin (no, the OTHER one)

Heather Henry said...

Hooray! I am truly excited about this New Year, as well and the thrill of trying new things and making positive changes. I am so happy for you and your Etsy and all of your gorgeous art work. I love to look at your beautiful faces and the words of encouragement and inspiration. Sounds like it is going to be an amazing year. :)
Happy New Year to you!

joanna said...

Happy New Year, Kristin!! Beautiful post! Yes, may this year be full of new and creative things for all of us! Anything is possible!!
Always be happy :))
xoxo
say hi to the pretty girl for me <3

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