Greetings at the End of 2017

Greetings, my Tribe! It has been a while, but I promise to show and tell in the near future about the gifts I made for holiday presents this year. I’m delaying the big reveal until all my beloveds have received theirs.

In the meantime… How was your year? Were you creative at all? While I had a few projects, my creative time (outside of work) has been somewhat limited/hampered by circumstance and my general laziness this year. I have discovered a wonderfully creative new hobby, but it tends to be messy, and smelly. This is something best accomplished outside in warmer seasons and/or locations. I have a few more of these items to make to send across the country, since all the ones I made before the holiday either have been delivered to local family, or are designated to go to family and friends when SpousalUnit travels south for a few weeks.

I hope to spend a little more time creating art this year. I also hope to get a bit healthier than I am. I’m disappointed to say that I put on some weight this year, but I’m hoping to get that sorted, too. It’s never too late; all it takes is some work. I can do this!

I recently changed jobs, and find myself in a really great organization, where management (at least my local/direct management) actually cares about the people who work there. I have been asked to use my creative skills in a variety of ways, to include web design, graphics, and writing, to build a new brand for the organization and improve our marketing. And I have been encouraged to apply for a promotion.

For many of us, 2017 has been a tough year. Here’s to working together to make sure that 2018 sees a major change for the better! As Marianne Williamson posted on Twitter today:

“Whoever we have been this year, let’s commit to ourselves to stand a bit taller, be a bit more noble, act a bit more wisely, be a bit more responsible and be a bit more forgiving next year. enough of us do that, a better path will open up for all of us. 2018: All hands on deck”

Let’s “be the change [we] wish to see in the world”! Let’s be more compassionate, and more authentic. Let’s be kinder to our fellow humans, all the creatures of the world, and to our planet. So far, it’s the only one we know of that can support life as we know it. And of course, it’s the only one (that we know of) that has chocolate.

Take care of yourselves, my lovelies! Be good to each other, and I hope to catch up with you all in the next few days. If I don’t see you before then, Happy New Year!

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