“Just Sitting Around Reflecting” © Jessica Wesolek 2013
It’s my favorite holiday again.
I LOVE new beginnings, although old endings are often pretty complicated.
Last night, around seven, we finally closed the door on our empty gallery space here in Eldorado. We are exhausted to the point of numbness.
Much of our display furniture is now at the new downtown space, and artists will be bringing us beautiful works to fill it.
Because the new gallery will only offer handmade, the local animal shelter resale shop has been greatly gifted with a ton of new merchandise from the old one. I love their name : “Look What the Cat Dragged In”.
Mark’s truck and my new van are full of the things that nobody knew what to do with at the last moment, but we will figure all that out.
I loved all your name suggestions for my van, by the way – thank you!
I decided on “Van Go Blue”. Van Gogh is one of my favorite painters, of course, and blue is my favorite color. But an added bit is that my Alma Mater is the University of Michigan, whose rallying cry is “Go Blue”.
We have already taken our first road trip together.
On Friday, I knew if I did not take a break from all this, I would go nuts. I also had two free hotel nights earned from frequent stays at Comfort Inns, and they would expire on December 31.
So, off to Durango, Colorado, to visit my sister-friend, Valerie, in her beautiful gallery (Earthen Vessel). We always inspire each other, and this time was no exception. In just two days, I got re-energized.
I also learned that as much as you think you know, there is always something very important that you don’t know. And you don’t even know you don’t know it!
I had a road service incident because the new van would not start. I thought the battery had somehow run down. Maybe I left the map light on overnight or something?
But the Roadside Assistance Hero said the battery was fully charged. “Try starting it again,” he said, and when I did, he said “Do you have your foot on the accelerator?”
I have had my foot on the accelerator since I was 16 (in more ways than one!).
“Yes,” I said. “Is that a problem?’
Who knew that since about 20 years ago, you don’t touch the accelerator when starting the engine?
EVERYBODY but me, it seems.
I got away with it before, but this vehicle is a lot more sensitive, I guess.
All’s well that ends well, and you learn something everyday.
2013 Was a Very Weird Year . . .
I don’t want to revisit the trials and tribulations, but I am very happy to welcome 2014, and look forward to a very GOOD year.
I am surprised by how many people are glad to see 2013 in the rear view mirror. Did you have a good year?
I loved the Santa Fe Journaling Retreat more than I can even express, and I like that all the rough spots in 2013 had happy endings.
I also will mark 2013 as the year I discovered glass as an art medium, a fact which will change my life in some significant and exciting ways.
But otherwise, I’m glad to say good-bye.
Where Did All This STUFF Come From?
Of course, the gallery move has brought this home, and also, trying to make room in the studio for the new kiln and glass supplies.
Even cleaning out the old van to trade it in for the new.
How in the world did I let this much STUFF pile up around me?
Even my website has become crowded and disorganized while I wasn’t looking.
So, 2014, for me, is “The Year of the PURGE”.
That’s at the top of . . .
My Resolutions List:
Get Rid of Stuff and SIMPLIFY.
Be MINDFUL in everything I do, and don’t let my moments go unnoticed or unappreciated.
SLOW art. Slow art is so beneficial that I may start a movement.
Like Slow Food, every aspect of slow art becomes more special, more rewarding, more pleasurable, and more digestible when you take your time doing it.
Be GRATEFUL – and EXPRESS that gratitude. Even saying out load to yourself that you are thankful for your blessings, makes you more aware that you have those blessings, and therefore, makes you appreciate life so much more.
And, acting on that last one, I want to THANK all of you for your company, your kindness and cleverness, your thoughtful comments, and for sticking around and being friends for all these years.
I do APPRECIATE you, and I hope that your 2014 will be your most creative and BEST year ever.
Happy, Happy New Year!