Well for starters, I will become someone's grandmother this year. Our little Blueberry will pop out in April and change our lives and the world. And I know this because when her mother was born, that is exactly what happened. The innocence of babies can do that to you.
I also know that my career is going to go in wild, positive directions this year. In 2013, I published my first book, How Long Will You Love Me? Last year I published my second children's book, Stu's Big Party, and illustrated 4 others. Already on the schedule this year are 4 more books to illustrate, my third book I Love You to Pieces, and an e-book about crowd-funding - all before the summer! There is an underground rumor of a possible revival of a co-authored silly book for grown-up girls as well. Add in more personal appearances and speaking gigs and my dance card is filling up.
I suppose if I have an actual resolution it is more on a personal, inspirational level. This year I will strive to be more aware of the world and the people in it. I will try harder to respect the journey that others are on even if I don't completely understand it. I will walk away less and speak up more when I see something wrong or a fellow human struggling. I don't have much but this will be the year that I give back more. I will purge my life of what doesn't touch me in some sort of positive way and be mindful that I need to be a positive force in the lives of others lest I be purged. I will let go of things over which I have no control. I will be more proactive in keeping and nurturing my relationships with my friends and my family. I will text less and call more. And I will be happy with all that I have and even more grateful for some of the things that I don't have.
All that being said... 2015 is really in my hands. I believe that what one throws out to the universe is what one gets back. If you dwell on how bad things are, that is what you will get back. If you concentrate on being pitiful and make excuses, the universe cannot help but throw those things back at you. And so it follows that positive vibes, light, and love will find you if that is what you project. Focus, energy and compassion are yours for the taking. Thats my plan. I declare to the universe that 2015 will, indeed, be the best year ever and so it shall be.
As for this blog space... I would say that it needs a make-over but, in truth, I never really made it up properly in the first place. For the most part, I stopped right after I came up with the clever name. I really couldn't think of a "theme" that I could write about that I felt people (other than my mom) would read. Looking for input, I threw the question out to my Facebook circle. The most beautiful answer came from my friend, Joe: "Personally, I think you should pull in where your inspiration comes from... You're not just an Author, but an artist, a visionary, an entrepreneur, a humorist... Anyone who can pick up a twig and say... "This would make a great handle for a hand formed clay serving tray shaped as shed autumn leaves" and then realize that vision has a rare gift for finding creative inspiration Anywhere. That spark applies to words, to the visual arts, to music... You've got it, and personally it fascinates me. And that's all I've got to say about that."
And so that is what I have decided to do... stay tuned!