Thursday, December 31, 2009

What a Difference A Year Makes

I'm sure like most of you, I find that the eve of the New Year is always a time to reflect on the challenges and accomplishes of the year before. I usually do make a list of resolutions each year, wither I actually stick to them or not. I just find that it helps me to clear away the old and prepare to focus on the new. This year I am not going to do that.

I know this year is going to start off slow and then skyrocket with the arrival of our new baby in February. The one thing that is a guarantee for the new year is that it will be an exciting and hectic one. I am preparing to set aside my own needs and focus entirely on my family. That's just what I have to do right now, even if it means that I will not have any time for creating cards or blogging--those things will always be there in the near future.

2009 was the year of being tired--yes, I hate to sound negative--but that is how I will always remember the close of this decade. Not that all of us mom's are not tired all of the time, I'm just resolved that that is one of the characteristics of the job. This year was a bit more tiring for me as I started it out working as a substitute teacher, a part time job but a very stressful one at that. We survived an entire kitchen re-modeling project that turned our house on it's head for four months. And now as the year ends my pregnancy is slowing me down more and more as my husband works faster and faster to get a new bathroom installed before the arrival of the baby.

I hope I don't sound like I'm complaining--each one of those things, although tiring, are real blessings. But if I could make one resolution for this year it would be to take care of myself a bit more--focus on my own health and overall well being. Another luxurious fantasy in the life of every mom.

2009 was also a year of discoveries. My little guy makes them every day as he grows and matures into the person he will one day be--I get to experience all of those new discoveries right along with him. I also discovered my own artistic style and a real sense of satisfaction as an artist--a life time goal that I'm so pleased I finally had the chance to experience. Although I am very uncertain about where my art will take me in 2010 I know I will always cherish the time I did have to create my cards and to share them with everyone.

Recently I re-created a card celebrating the New Year that I made last year. The first image is one of the very first cards I created as I started this journey of discovery.

The second image is the card I recently made using the same sentiment and stamped image. It's a real testament to me of how my own style has grown and developed over the last year.

Well, thanks for all of your support and comments here on my blog and for tolerating my new years ponderings. Wishing everyone a very happy 2010; may you find satisfaction as you reflect on the previous year and success in achieving those that you set for yourself for the year ahead--never stop growing.



StampinCathy said...

Happy New Year! WoW! Your projects are just amazing and so inspiring.

Lin said...

Tina, best wishes to you as you await the arrival of your new son! A magical time, and you are very smart to realize that you have to let some things go for your family's well-being. As you said, your creativity will always be there waiting like a little gift that you can take out when you have some time. You are very fortunate to have found your gift this early in your life! Wishing you a very blessed New Year!

Vianna said...

I hope you will continue to express yourself creatively after the arrival of the new baby - even if only from time to time. It is something you will NEED to do for yourself to maintain your sanity as a mother of 2 young wee on es. Besides, you have such talent!
All the best to you in the new year and beyond.

The Traveler's Realm said...

Thanks for all of your New Year wishes and supportive comments. They really do mean a lot to me. I know I will definitely keep up my creative pursuits. although they may be limited quite a bit. But I definitely will need that time more than ever to balance out my hectic lifestyle.