Wow, I feel like I blinked and the year passed me by. It’s certainly been a hard twelve months, but they’ve also been some of the most beautiful and inspiring and productive months of my life so far. If nothing else, this year has allowed me to prove my resilience to myself in a whole new way. Every time that I felt stuck or dissatisfied, I was able to check in with myself, make a plan, and adapt. 2019 saw me dig deep and get to know myself creatively, professionally, spiritually and emotionally. 2019 saw some hardship, but also incredible growth. As the year finishes, I have nothing but gratitude for everything that happened this year, no matter how unexpected. Despite the motivation/burnout cycle that seemingly followed me through the months (if you look at the titles of my past blog posts then you will absolutely see the trend), I feel that I am entering 2020 with more clarity than ever before. It truly is miraculous, the possibilities that exist when we let go of our mental “should” statements and desire for absolute control.
While 2019 gave me burnout and frustration, it also granted me some truly incredible new connections and opportunities. I was able to see my work in print for the first time, collaborate with local musicians that I absolutely adore, and receive mentorship from some amazing fellow visual artists. I feel like I found passion and purpose in 2019, and no amount of struggle can take away from that. Cheers to more learning, bigger projects and beautiful collaborations in 2020!