Happy New Year! Every January I choose a word to guide me in the year. I figure out the word in different ways. Sometimes it comes to me when I am walking the dog, reflecting on the year, writing in my journal or creating art. Other years I needed to meditate and really focus on it for the word to emerge. This year it came to me when I was on the ferry on the way back from seeing a friend and painting. This year my word is Abundance. This past year I feel like I have had a scarcity way of thinking about my art business, about my energy and time. I started a new position as an occupational therapist working 4 days instead of 3 days and I have a longer commute. I went from having 2 days a week to work on my art business and to be able to teach classes out of the house to not having the energy to do any art or teach any classes. The trouble was, creating gives me energy so not being able to do it drains me even more.
I have made the commitment this year to meet myself on the page of my art journal every day, even if it is just for a few minutes. I am going to organize my time to be able to still build my art business and have energy for my family and the things I want to do. I am going to think about my life with Abundance rather than scarcity and I am excited about 2019. What is your word for 2019?