When life hands you lemons, make a lovely painting with them.
That’s what I wrote in this journal, my 2016 gratitude journal. 2015 was, overall, not the best year, but I’m determined to make 2016 much better.
I decluttered my art room workspace (symbolic of decluttering my brain), and had a productive first week of January writing-wise. I also started the year with a course on Illustrating Children’s Books taught by the marvelous Joy Chu through UCSD Extension and am, once again, part of the incredible 12×12 community of picture book writers.
I’ve signed up to go to a renowned writing workshop called Big Sur on Cape Cod for May that I’m excited about, and also plan to take advantage of the fun and helpful writing challenges like NaPiBoWriWee (brainchild of the multi-talented Paula Yoo) and PiBoIdMo (started by super funny and prolifc Tara Lazar) that will help me focus and hone my craft.
As well, continuing with decluttering, I’ve decided that I will stop blogging at my Blogger blog. While there are things I love about Blogger, WordPress has improved much over the past few years.
Ultimately, unless there is a good reason for me to keep a blog, I may, in the foreseeable future, drop this blog, too, and move completely over to Instagram whose platform I much prefer.
And finally, I am going to go with what Sharon suggested and only post when the mood feels right, moving away from a 365-blog. I hope to post, and read blogs, only Monday to Friday, keeping weekends free to recharge and relax with the family. So I apologize for falling behind on reading your posts, but this year, I must get my aging butt into gear and make something of my so-called writing/illustrating career. 🙂
I’ll try not to write such a long post again this year!