So it is over, 2013 is ready to exit and we are about to begin a brand new year. Hopefully this one will offer me more time to write blog posts…it is on my resolution list although I’m not sure why because I’m not sure anyone even reads them, but it will be something for my son to have because what goes on the Internet stays on the Internet 🙂
As we end out the year as an artist it was a great one. I met my goal of 100 new orders actually bypassed it as many people from my Corporate job have ordered outside of etsy. I have been able to do some new designs, actually create some clipart, and did some Christmas clipart that I am really proud of. This year I plan to do more clipart and more new designs, and branch out on what I sell. I just designed some cosmetic bags and can’t wait to get them and list them on etsy. I have done new phone cases, and posters, and lots of custom art. I am doing key chains and my calendars especially the hairdresser and Wine calendar were a big hit! So I will be working on new ones for 2015.
I was able to donate a lot of my art this year to Winning Futures, Developing Kids, and Race for the Cure. I always plan on giving back in some way. It always feel so good to give.
This year has been a difficult one for me personally as my father’s failing mental health has caused significant strains on the family. In particular my brother and I who have to deal with this dementia evil every day. Some days my father is pleasant and some days he is not. He refuses to let his care givers in the house and we have decided that sending him off with my oldest brother for a while may be the best thing. After that I am afraid it may be nursing home time. I dread this day, and I pray it does not come because my father would not want to live this way. I know that he is surprised he is still here, he tells me this often, and yet I guess there is something he is meant to finish before he leaves.
I certainly hope that they come up with a cure for this or something to slow down the process as watching your parent go through this is a truly devastating experience that overwhelms your life. I know I can speak for many many people who have had to take care of aging parents as to how incredibly difficult it is to see someone once so full of life and active start to shrink before your eyes. The person that used to take care of you when you were a child, is now childlike themselves and handling their care is nothing short of a roller coaster ride. I am grateful for the care givers who do this professionally as they are such special gifted individuals. We are lucky there are people like them in this world.
So 2014 I hope is a better year for our family, and I guess we just need to keep in mind it is how you carry the load that matters. I know many people that have been dealing with personal trauma and for them I hope 2014 is a better year. Life is full of unpredictable events. Enjoy the people in your lives as best you can, make time for them, let them know they are loved, that is my New Year’s wish for my family and yours. Bring on 2014, and let it bring on some happiness!