The first week of January was spent cleaning and clearing. Away went the Christmas tree, decorations and dust. Lots of dust.
While not a very exciting or entertaining activity, it’s an important step into the new year. Dusting and cleaning all the surfaces in my home, helps me de-clutter my mind and body too. As I wipe each fingerprint, I remember Christmases past and present. I think on how much everyone has grown from my babies to new parents. And how much my life has changed as well.
With the memories comes new insights as I see the past informing the future. I see the past, even the painful parts, as necessary stepping stones to this new year.
10 years of growth.
It’s important to see and know and grow from the past. And as I clear the surfaces of my home, I see the changes of the last decade all around me.
Two children living at home moved through college graduations, master’s degrees and doctorates. They decorated and set up their own places. They had their own children.
My husband moved into a new job he loves and so did I. From difficulty, success emerged for both us. We are healthy and happy and grateful people, parents and grandparents. Very grateful.
Wishes and Dreams for the new year.
I see that 10 years ago, my New Year’s wish was to take clay classes. I wanted to learn to throw my own cups, bowls and vases. I wanted to use my kiln and wheel in my own studio and, hopefully, produce some new work to use and sell.
I took those classes, made that work and sold it too. I’ve been in open studio tours, shows and galleries. Some surprisingly good experiences and some not. But that’s what life is really, a series of experiences that help you savor all the flavors sweet, spicy and sour.
As I redecorate and refresh for the New Year with white pillows, candles and art, I wish and hope and dream.
May this year bring new opportunities for growth in life and work and family.
May this year bring new ideas, creative projects and opportunities.
May this year’s word, ‘act’, help me to reach beyond my past into a better future.