Celebrating 2009: A Year in Review Part 2

I guess you could say I’m a bit of a self-help geek considering my idea of a good time for ringing in the new year consists of paper, glue, and reflection instead of bubbly, confetti, or noise makers. I enjoyed finishing my year-in-review exploding box to commemorate 2009 and reflecting on my end-of-year inquiries as a follow-up to listing what I’m celebrating from the year.

What are you most proud of?

  • Setting the intention that I would land a book deal and sticking through the process even when it was challenging and disheartening.
  • Showing up fully right from the get-go at my Expressive Arts Teacher Training (especially in light of it being at the same location where I had a difficult time a few years before).
  • Trusting my creative flow.

What was your biggest learning?

  • Having fabulous, inspiring, and supportive creative cohorts is essential. Collaborating with the right people makes all the difference.
  • Valuable growth comes from failure. It’s part of the process.

How did you stretch yourself?

  • I hit the road a lot this year – attending the book expo, leading workshops, giving talks, and visiting friends.
  • Last year I got tons of great experience doing work through other groups and organizations, but this year I stretched myself by focusing on and growing my own body of work.

Who did you lean on for support?

  • I’m so very grateful for all the wonderful support I have from my husband. He provides me with lots of encouragement and he helps me in so many ways.
  • I don’t know where I’d be without my amazing book coach, Jan King. She helps me through every step of this publishing journey.
  • My mentor and intuitive painting teacher, the wise and generous Chris Zydel.
  • The Nurture Huddle.
  • My friends, family, and my fellow creative entrepreneurs.

How will you celebrate who you’ve become?

  • Doing my reflection exercises has been a meaningful way for me to celebrate. I’m also looking forward to doing more work in Leonie’s gorgeous 2010 Goddess Planner.
  • Tomorrow I’m going to go to a New Years Day yoga class. I know it will be a great way to kick off the new year.
  • Keep honoring my self-care Fridays and scheduling a massage for January.
  • Oh, and I just might buy myself a new pair of designer jeans!

I hope you take some time to reflect on your year. I loved seeing my fellow wishstudio columnist Shona Cole share her year-end celebration. Way to go!

Happy New Year! Wishing you a wonderful 2010!

3 thoughts on “Celebrating 2009: A Year in Review Part 2”

  1. i loved reading your “Year in Review” posts! your site is so inspiring and your artwork also. i do hope to participate in your e-course/workshop for creative entrepreneurs when you host one this year =-)
    I will definitely have to subscribe to this site!

  2. I so love your blog…began following in and out since a few mths now…it’s so well put together and just pretty and nice! 🙂 Makes me feel like I’m under a waterfall when I come in here…very professionally done! 🙂

    I can only aspire for higher but I did a reflections blog myself this year…Christmas was hardly a bah humbug for me though as I held an entire Advent calendar! :)Here is how I reflected…


    Felt it was a refreshing exercise especially after going into my meditation cave with Shiv on the Thurs to decide what to do…will blog on the result of that exercise soon…


    Hope to follow more of you pursuits in this new year! I guess this is how it is when you go in fully with your right brain… what a thing! I still wear the left often as I need to for my full time job and so cannot abandon it yet like you but it creates such a pretty world for sure!:) And I often visualise my right brain trying to sucker punch my left! LOL!

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