So many bloggers and artists are talking about their "word" for 2011. This has made me reflect on 2010 these past few days. What should my word have been for 2010? Only one came to mind, HEAL.
The first few months were a struggle, I had a new title at work and was trying to learn while executing. In May we had a huge audit, and during it this happened:
This was taken a month after surgery. The tiny circles are my staples. I broke my ankle in three places. Having a life changing injury has been the hardest challenge I've faced in my lifetime. I went back to work a month after my injury and it drained me immensely. It is so hard to focus while in pain, and after my 8 hour days I was so exhausted all I wanted to do was sleep.
Fast forward five months. I was still in a lot of pain, every step caused a shooting pain up my leg. I had another surgery in November to remove my "loose screw", and no, it wasn't brain surgery. hehe The very next day I felt so much better. I still have a long way before I can say I'm fully healed, my muscles and tendons still have to get used to working again, but I can finally say it's almost over.
All that being said, this injury has brought many good things into my life. While spending that month on the couch I was able to interact with so many amazing artists, as well as focusing on myself and my art. I have met so many wonderful new friends that I truly believe will last a lifetime.
Years from now when I look back at 2010 I do not want to remember my injury, I want to remember all the wonderful accomplishments 2010 brought, all the wonderful classes I taught on Ustream, the vids I posted on Youtube, my first class with 21 Secrets, and my first publication in Art Journaling magazine. More than that, I want to remember it as the year I met so many wonderful ladies. Here are a few of us on our Buffalo trip.
I also have some new pages to share:
All of these pages were completed on Ustream. You can check out the recordings whenever you have time. I also want to let everyone know that I am working on fixing the volume issues. :) I will be streaming tonight at 6pm EST if you'd like to join us.
As for 2011, I have lots of goals, dreams, and aspirations. I hope you all will join me for an artful 2011.
Thank you so much for all the support, patience, and love you all have sent me this past year. I love you all!
Much Love xox