The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
— Marcel Proust

For the past few years, I've been taking January off.  

Of course I go to work,

but I make a conscious effort to rest my mind and my body.  

I put no pressure on myself to get any projects done.

I sit.

I reflect.

I sleep more.


The holidays are always so crazy there's never time to make

"New Year's Resolutions,"

at least none that actually stick.

I like traditions.

So I made a new one.


February Resolutions.

After I've had time to think and process,

after I've given myself a break,

I take a day to write stuff down.

I focus on what I want to do instead of what I want to change.


Here it goes:

"This new year I will finish up the next segment of my story.  While I'm over the moon about it, my mind is wrapped around other projects related to the zine.  AND I'm going to allow myself to go off the beaten path and see where it takes me.

We're starting a craft brewery and building a new home on Chincoteague Island.  I never thought this day would come.  While I'm grieving the life behind and moving ahead into the exciting unknown, I'm going to be gracious with myself.

I'm not going to let fear take me down.  I'm not going to let what people think stop me from doing what I know is right and beautiful.  I'm going to take up ideas and run with them.  I want this year to be a turning point in my art, my writing, my life.  I'm gonna learn to draw.  I don't think I have a gift for it, but I don't care, I'm going to try.  

I want to speak out on behalf of those who are fading from this world because of Alzheimer's.  I want to figure out what else I can do.  I want to gather artists together to be a force for change, to help get the word out and help get funding to those who need it.

I am going to take time for myself, to rest, to eat healthy and exercise.  I'm going to take my husband out on more dates, once a week.  Once a month I want to do a special project day with my baby girl where we choreograph a dance or build a greenhouse or something.

In 2016 I'm going to look for the good in people, even in the assholes.  At least I'm going to try.  I'm looking at the big picture today and I hope I can see it months from now.  I'm not gonna let the Muggles get me down."

Artists, Saul Bass is stellar.  He's known for his iconic movie posters and title sequences, but I treasure his art in "Henri's Walk to Paris" (a picture book->>notice I didn't say children's book<-he illustrated.)

Writers, make sure to give hugs and loves to all the people who have supported you and who continue to support you.  Without them, really it's all meaningless.  Our tribe, our family should be at the forefront.