As I reflect on 2007, I have SO much to be thankful for. I know many folks tend to think about what goodies the New Year will bring; trying to forget the past and embrace the Fresh New Start.... For me, I love thinking about what the New Year but, I always try to end the year with a list of gratitude so I do not forget to remember the good things that happened over the year which paved the way and laid the foundation for the promising New Year in front of me. 2007 was a "fairytale come true" banner year for me and my career. Did I bring in oodles of bucks or invent that one thing that would change the industry forever...well, no- not even close. I suppose my benchmark of profitability is a bit different (that and my husband has the 9 to 5 that pays the bills...LOL). Most artists do what they do because they are passionate about their craft and are just thankful their art managed to offset the cost of their addiction if we were all straight forward and honest about that...wink.... But, all kidding aside, I did get to Design the Winning Golden Press Kit for PageSage, I did get to work side by side with the Industry's most talented and gifted artists and the Queen of Crafts herself, Carol Duvall, on her groundbreaking Art Unscripted Retreat DVD. I had an incredible year traveling around the planet teaching some of the most inspirational people I could have ever imagined; learning so much about myself and my art in the process. I had the privilege to work with some of the coolest manufacturers by creating projects and samples that tested my own artistic boundaries- it is not every day that you get to dance on the sharp edge of creativity and innovation- it is thrilling, trust me. Life is good. 2007, despite the many challenges and set-backs (local stores closing and a ROUGH economy here in Michigan), was everything I hoped for and then some.
As I sit here just moments from ringing in 2008, it is hard to wrap my head around all the AMAZING things going on in my world slated for their debut in a few more months- things that could not have been even imagined had it not been for my banner 2007 year. Thank you so much for being a part of this journey with me. Happy New Year!