For our family vacation this year we chose Los Cabos, Mexico. We stayed in an all inclusive resort where our 3 children could still be around us, but also independent of us. This seems to work as they are now 21,18 and 13 years old. It was a great vacation, one in which, little did I know, I desperately needed.
This past holiday season was a complete blur. It was the first time I styled a photo shoot in the season we are actually in, Which was both convenient and crazy-busy at the same time. The entire month of December I felt as if I was unpacking and packing in preparation for something. I did have the added treat, however of was seeing how Melissa Roper Newbould of The Bake Shoppe and Cafe works under the same pressure. When in Texas I did a creative ride-along with her, as she was styling a photo shoot for a couple of local photographers and their Christmas photo sessions. I got to see that we work in similar ways and that some of our props just don’t fit into nice convenient boxes for us to haul. I also got to teach a workshop in her Cafe and even experienced a quick, but awesome visit with my friend Liz of www.thejunktionalley.com After returning home, and borrowing some of Melissa’s inspiration I created a dome “snow globe” effect with my cake platter and its lid for my table this year. Thank you darlin!
As always the New Year begs reflection for me, its one of my favorite holidays and not for the staying up to midnight and the all that clammer. Its the looking back, assessing, setting new goals, making changes and the call to action that I love so much.
So this year, being in Cabo, I was unable to share my New Years theme with our friends the Snokes and “Getter-Done Bob”, in fact, I even decided not to have a theme this year. Last year I set one, and it seemed as if the Universe laughed and said to me, “Oh silly girl…sorry this years theme is going to be LOSS ,so put on your big girl panties on, because you are heading into the storm shortly. Buckle Up!”
To sum up 2016 would say it was bitter-sweet.
The loss of my Uncle Bob, devastating, but getting to know my adult cousins and aunts better and on a much deeper level…beautiful.
The loss of my dear friend Wendy Perkins… heart breaking. Seeing her husband and children grow and move on with integrity and grace…heart WARMING.
Watching my dog suffer from mouth cancer and slowly lose the ability to walk…well that just sucked. Having the choice to put him to sleep peacefully and see that he is no longer suffering…so sad, but grateful.
Then toss in the successes of working with amazing editors as I expand into the world of magazine styling. Using my creative skills to decorate a room to evoke a feeling of HOME and having my editors love what I contribute…Priceless. Heading to Texas and meeting the Junk Gypsies as they are launching their first book…amazing. Falling in love with Texas and making life-long friendships… icing on a delicious cake.
2016 was also the year of binge TV watching. I seemed to heal through marathons of On Demand and then later Netflix. I was even tempted to put Christmas lights throughout my living room to see if others from another dimension needed to communicate with me. Thankfully I didn’t hop on that crazy train. Nope I simply wanted a distraction from my very sad feelings. You know you are sad when you burst into tears at the song “Flashlight” from Pitch Perfect 2.
As the year of Emotional Whiplash headed to a close and family drama decided to rear its holiday head, I began to look forward to our vacation. One of the things I packed along with my essentials is my 35mm DSLR camera, my regular journal and I took a second “journal” by www.dragontree.com. I’m not sure how this got on my radar and the fact that I was able to buy it in time and it arrived shortly before we left, has left me to think that it is truly by design that I should take it. As it turns out it has been EXACTLY what I needed so thank you Eric. You work so hard and sometimes everything hits you at once, but I am honestly and truthfully grateful that you are my partner in all of this. These ARE my Monkeys and THIS IS my circus.
So here’s to ReBooting my system. To get rid of the things that no longer work for me, embrace the things that do and to finish each task I undertake to its completion. Happy New Year…Happy New and Improved You… A journey worth taking.