The photo is the sun setting on our Hogmanay holiday to Kintyre on the west coast of Scotland.
It’s a whole New Year – who knew. Happens roughly at the same point every year but it always catches me by surprise.
2013 was… well… indescribable.
Both professionally and personally it was probably one of the hardest years yet and it was probably one was of the most profoundly incredible.
One of the main joys of 2013 was the fact I got the chance to connect with some amazing people. That includes spending time with old friends, starting journeys with new collaborators and making some fantastic new friendships. Some close to home and some much further away.
But I don’t want to harp on about 2013. I want to be present, here in the moment. Not worrying about what has been or longing for things that could be. This does not come naturally to me, but I’m trying.
I’m feeling monumentally electrified about Team Effort. Our ‘Christmas party-meeting’ just before the holidays made me truly excited and inspired by the group. I had a meeting with Gilly where I expressed my professional anxieties and fears and hopes and dreams. I uttered things I’d never said aloud, to anyone. I won’t go into detail now as I’m still trying to work out how to express those new thoughts and feelings – and maybe. This blog has actually been sitting in my drafts for about a week. I was trying to see if I had the notion to post a little about what these new thoughts and feelings are… but I don’t. Sorry internet. In a sweeping sense a lot of my thinking is about opening up again. It’s all good readers.
I’m looking forward to the 2014 Team Effort events. I can’t wait to spend more time with the others and I’m looking forward to moving forward with my work in a different way than I probably imagined this time last year. I said in my first Team Effort blog my year was going to be – Push. Play. Prepare. So, I’m starting 2014 with a push. I’m going to push myself as an artist, and just maybe, as a person in general.
And what does 2014 look like? Who knows. Three things are for certain, there will be lots of writing, more reading and definitely some traveling. After all, the world is a very big place.
But for now, its a case of putting one foot in front of another. Figuring out the journey as I go because anything could happen… Paths get overgrown, avalanches happen, wildflowers grow in unexpected places and to use a cliche the path less traveled generally leads to the most exciting adventures. So on that note I’m off for a run now.
Here is to the next adventure.
I wish you more wilderness, Sx