Ecstasy, by Jennie
This week I have received many correspondences regarding celebrating the achievements of this year and looking ahead to next year. Darren Rowse at Problogger has also started a group writing project on the subject which is serendipitous. I don’t tend to celebrate achievements enough, I usually berate myself on lost opportunities and change the goalposts at random. So now I am baring all and looking at the year in review.
This year has seen massive growth in my fledgling art career. I have sold 16 paintings with several going to international buyers, painted many many paintings, had two shows and participated in several exhibitions including one in New York.
While not going into the figures here, I have managed to cover my expenses (materials, shows etc) with a reasonable profit, something, I have been told, that is very rare for emerging artists.
My blog has exploded, gaining valuable readers and many fascinating comments, I haven’t been able to reply to as many as I’d like, but I am delighted with the exposure my work and writings are gaining. My writing has improved, and I am enjoying finding interesting stories to post about and reading the reactions to my works.
Since moving to wordpress I have had a phenomenal amount of visitors and far better exposure, I finally got my domain name, blogging software and a great blog that works beautifully.
I assigned this year as the one to get on with my life. I have slowly built my strength up, allowing greater endurance and less pain. I am regaining my independance and am re-discovering my self, reclaiming my body from the injury.
Mentally, it has been a tough year, but I am stronger as a result and I have finally started gaining self esteem and confidence. I feel as if I am a whole person again, Someone I haven’t seen for a long time.
I think of this year as laying the foundations for my future. It was hard, probably harder that I would have ever thought, but by doing this work I think next year is going to be amazing. It is still going to be hard, I am working in a tough industry, but I feel that I have the ability now to push on and build on what I did this year.