Sunday, January 4, 2009

A Fresh Start... the New Year is what we all look forward to. Especially after an especially difficult year. So, I've been trying to think about setting my goals for the year. It has been a difficult year for me and my family and I'm hoping that 2009 turns out to be a better year than 2008.

It has started out with good news that I received the other day...I sold one of my colored pencil paintings that was hanging in Memphis during December! I also received the People's Choice award at the opening reception and received a ribbon. So I am going to be optimistic and hope that this is a good sign for 2009!

Here is a close up picture of 'Stars, Stripes, and Stitches' with the ribbon. Sorry, I had to cut off my head because the picture of me was really, really bad! The weather was rainy and windy and unseasonably warm, so I was not as presentable as I would have liked!

I really did plan to set some goals for 2009. I really thought about what my goals should be and realized that last year was more stressful than it should be. So I have decided that taking care of myself was going to be my top priority. My job tends to be very stressful at times and very time consuming, so I can't plan to work on my art on a daily basis. I do plan, however, to do something that is related to being creative on a daily basis. Whether it is planning, doing research, learning about the business side of art, or just getting inspired by reading about what other artists are doing. And when I do have the time and energy for creating, then hopefully inspiration will follow.
To the new year!


  1. Hi Beth,

    Congratulations on the sale of a painting as well as the People's Choice Award. Definitely a good sign for 2009!

    Making a decision to reduce stress and to take care of yourself is a great priority! My 2008 turned out to be difficult and stressful too. My father was diagnosed with terminal cancer and later passed away. I was fortunate that as I am self employed I was able to move in with him to be his caregiver. So, part of my recovery plan in 2009 is to greatly reduce my teaching schedule in order to free up time to pursue other opportunities. It wasn't an easy decision to make but it is the right one.

    So congratulations Beth on committing to destressing your life! I sincerely hope that 2009 is a wonderful year for you and your family. To the new year indeed! :-)

  2. Thank you Teresa! I hope your 2009 is much better for you too. Good luck with seeking new opportunities!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. congrats and wishing you a better '09!

  4. Thank you Sunny! I hope your year is a great one! Hope you have lots of sales!

  5. I'm sorry your 2008 was crummy. Mine was too...probably moreso than 2007 which I thought was pretty low....till I hit 2008.

    Here's to 2009! And to Living!


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