Friday, January 4, 2013

Choose a Path of Joy

I love this time of year.  Christmas decorations are put away, the rush of a wonderful holiday season is behind us and all of the possibilities of what the new year holds for us are dancing in our brains.  I feel like a caterpillar who has settled into my winter cocoon, ready for spring so I can bust out and fly!

Last year was such a fantastic year for learning and discovering my path. It was once again a whirlwind of shows, a packed lineup of classes toward the end of the year, and being very blessed to have clients choose Copper Cat Studio to do much of their holiday shopping!  This was one of those years where the stars seemed to align and I received more clarity about my journey than ever.  Much of this clarity came from the rough patches.  I had shows that were flops, drama in professional organizations that I'm involved in, sketchy business "opportunities" and other obstacles.  I honor the universe for giving me these nudges and what I choose to view as a very clear direction of the path I am supposed to be traveling.  With that being said, all of those seem minuscule in comparison to losing my sister/best friend to cancer this past summer.  Boy was that a wake up call to the fact that life is short and the important things really are simple. 

The idea of New Year's resolutions and about ultimately failing lofty goals is the the big joke in social media and elsewhere this time of year.  However, it is also timely to feel the need to reflect on the past year, see where your successes were, and also see where you could have done better.  To be honest with yourself about what is important in life, to be a little happier and to spread that happiness to those around you.  And I've come to realize that this is not just a state of being but a choice first. I feel like that is what our time on this planet is about.

With that in mind, my "resolutions" are simple.  To choose a path of joy and to make all of my personal and professional decisions with that intention as the basis.  This year I will only be in a handful of shows.  I will be teaching more classes, streamlining my online presence for national and international sales, expanding my mosaic line, taking on more Reiki clients and doing more things outside of my art that bring me joy.

Two of the biggies for me this year are making the decision to take my yoga practice to the next level and get my yoga teacher's certification, and working with my Reiki teacher and friend Denise of Sage Spirit Reiki & Coaching on a series of daylong workshops.  The first two workshops are already completely booked and we are looking forward to hosting several more throughout the year.

I have such gratitude for this life, for the opportunities that continuously come my way, for being able to practice my art all day every day, and for the love and support of my friends, family, husband and community.

I wish you joy and peace for 2013.  Namaste