For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.-T.S. Eliot
Last year was an absolute whirlwind of emotion and change. Plans were made, set in motion, then thrown out the window to start over from scratch. Both in my personal and professional life.
I'm sure you've all noticed the professional changes to some degree. I won't go into it fully but suffice it to say our team has become a lot smaller. The second half of the year has certainly been trying, but we have survived and will continue to do so. Emotionally the change cut much deeper. At least with actual work you have so much to do that you can distract yourself and feel productive. But with emotion it takes time and that just seems to go on forever… Being left behind I hope I can live up to the standards they helped set and continue to do all I can to make this site a fun and helpful place for all artists.
As for my personal life, things are okay. Cory and I reserved ourselves to what we thought our future had to be and made plans to enjoy it the way it was. That turned out to be travel. We had started to plan such amazing trips to far off corners of the globe and just enjoy ourselves but things have changed. Turns out we're not as stuck as we thought we were. Our 5 year plan has changed yet again. I'm starting to think planning just doesn't even make sense anymore. I'm gonna just start riding the waves and see where life takes us.
Things are changing again and fast. We've thrown one hell-of-a ball in the air and we're just waiting for it to come back down. Again, both in personal and professional life. When personal stuff starts its decent from the clouds I'll be sure to keep you updated. As for professional, well… if you're a beta tester I'm sure you've noticed a lot of changes to the site happening. It's been a long time coming and if you've been paying close attention in the past couple of years the direction we're headed should be apparent. Things are happening slowly, so it feels a bit disjointed, but we want to get your feedback on ever step of the way so we know we've got things right. I hope you can bear with us. It's a lot of little switches that are flipping but the end game will certainly be better for it.
I want to write more journals this year. I've said so in the past but I do feel disjointed. With the extra work load that feeling has grown exponentially. I hope in some small way it'll bring me back. Artwork is rare for me now-a-days. I sketch periodically and bake/decorate for my artistic outlet but never quite feel pleased with the results enough to add to my gallery. Do you guys have any thoughts on what can be done to make me feel more present? I help hundreds of you a week and leave comments where I can but I know it's nothing like I used to. I really wanna break out of that bad habit and hope you can help!