Another year has passed, and over the next couple weeks I will be planning and brainstorming for the year ahead. I think its really important for me to set goals and reach new milestones. However, it is equally important to reflect on the past year and gain valuable perspective. It's easy to get caught up in the rat race, to lose energy and momentum, or to even feel discouraged. But I usually find that if I take a moment to consider the goals and milestones I was able to reach in the past 12 months, I feel a little lighter and a lot more excited and hopeful.
2016 was yet another big year for me, and I am so thankful. The major highlights were my first solo show at Fabulon (a wonderful exhibition and educational workshop space in West Ashley), moving my studio out of my house and into Redux, buying a house, meeting other creatives and hosting local Pop-Up Shops, completing two series of pieces I am proud of, and being able to donate a percentage of my Pet Portraits to Pet Helpers on a regular basis. Politics and social issues aside, 2016 was a great year for me and I truly appreciate all the love and support I've received from my friends, family, and now clients :)
I am hoping to make 2017 even more powerful than this past year. I have resolved to be more engaged with the world and people around me. It is in this spirit that I decided to fly to DC this month in order to participate in the Women's March on Washington. I have no expectations, but I am hopeful to come away from the experience feeling inspired, energized, and profoundly affected. As an artist and human, it is my hope that these highly troubling and downright scary times will eventually result in people coming together out of support and concern, rather than separating us due to defensive, selfish, and ignorant convictions. I decided to practice what I preach and join a massive group of strangers to show my allegiance to common decency and respect of others.
The future is uncertain, but one thing is for sure: 2017 will be interesting and I am going to do my best to grow personally and professionally.