Hey y’all! I’m back! Happy belated New Year! How was your 2016?? I guess I blipped off the interwebs for that past year… My bad…
Can I be transparent for a minute? I didn’t do a lot of “artwork to heartwork” in 2016 as I had hoped. You may have noticed? Lots of heartwork, that’s for sure. 2016 was sort of a wash… We experienced a lot of good, but in hard ways. In short, when your mission organization refers you to professional counseling instead of a placement abroad as we had planned, you might get stuck in a hard place.
If I were to sum it up in one word, 2016 would be defined as the year of Transition. And transitions can be hard when they hit out of now where. If I’m downright honest with you – 2016 hurt. A lot. Growing pangs, I guess. My friend has a shirt that says “I can’t adult today” and it cracks me up every time I see it. Adulting is hard, y’all! We had to let go of some dreams. Broken relationships that affect a whole lot of hearts. Stress that causes unexplained health issues. Unanswered prayers and unanswered questions. And all the moves… We moved (again). Twice in one year (again). That’s right, four moves in the past two years for this family of 5. I’m not even kidding. Don’t ask… I can’t explain it all… That in itself is enough to make you a little looney!
But it feels like the dust is settled and while we’re still climbing out of all the transitions, maybe (just maybe) we’re not stuck there any more. I’m incredibly thankful for the good that came with the bad – as cliche as it may sound, “To God be the glory!” He grew our prayer life, continues to nurture my soul, and shown me Grace. I’m thankful for the richness of the friendships that saw us through it (I’m looking at you, my Pow-wow Tribe) and escapes that wash the soul (Hellooo Tybee!).
I’ve decided to re-open my Etsy shop (still operating as DoodleSwirl over there… logisitics…). I’ve added a few new prints from this past year that I did get accomplished. I have high hopes of adding some products this year, I’ve just got to do some realigning and prioritizing. Meanwhile, you can follow the heartwork journey over on my public Instagram account and check back here for more ramblings as I get my work on a better system than once-a-year.
Until next time, doodle on friends!