2013 has been a pretty fantastic year for me. It’s the kind of good year that doesn’t seem too exceptional until you start to tally all the fabulous things that have happened and what I’ve accomplished. I’m going to try to keep this from being too much of an end-of-year round-up and save that for December, but I wanted to do a fun little collection of things–big and small–that have made me super happy and thankful this year. :)
I started off the year right with the Resolving to Make workshop at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis. It was led by one of my favorite contemporary illustrators, Kali Ciesemeier, and from the moment they announced it was happening, I knew I had to make it work and go. I’m so thankful my parents offered to schlep me up to Minneapolis to help support my creative ambitions. I’m thankful that Light Grey is such an amazing group of people and resource for illustrators and other creatives all over the country. It was an amazing, life-changing experience that really helped set the tone for a productive year.
I’m a big Lady Gaga fan and I’m really thankful that this year I not only got a new album of dance jams that I LOVE (Seriously, if y’all like pop/dance music, listen to Artpop. It’s a blast!) but I got to see her live twice before she had to cancel her tour for health reasons and GOT PULLED ON STAGE WITH HER. At the end of the show in St. Louis, I got to go up there with one of my good friends, hug Gaga, smell her, hold her little hand, and scream/sing her lyrics right back in her face. It was glorious. :)
This year I dove head-first into the world of craft shows and the local crafting community. I joined the Show Me Etsy group and have been embraced into the community beyond my expectations. I’ve always felt a little like an onlooker or outsider in most group activities I’ve tried to participate in, but the kindness, friendliness, and openness to share and collaborate I’ve experienced in my short time vending has really blown me away. I’m so thankful for such a wonderful group of people and look forward to becoming even closer with new friends and more shows in 2014!
Of course I’m super thankful for our amazing new house! I’m so lucky to be in a happy, healthy relationship with a guy I’m crazy about and that we both have jobs that aren’t too soul-sucking and allow us to live well and happily. Anytime I get bummed about the low numbers in my savings account or feel like I’m not thrilled with my day job and just want to hurry up and freelance full-time, I try to step back and realize how incredibly lucky I have it and just enjoy life. It’s pretty great so far!
I don’t want to ramble for too long, but I also want you all to know how grateful I am for everyone reading my blog! You guys are always sweet, supportive, and I love getting to know you! You keep blogging fun. :) <3 I’m going to try and get back on track with a more consistent blogging schedule this week, but illustration work for the holidays in piling up–at kind of an alarming rate, to be honest! I’m excited to share new work with you asap! :)