I surprised myself today.
Feeling that 2013 was a transformational year that totally abandoned my studio time, I decided to do a recap of activities. This is a practice that I usually do on New Year's day each year. It helps me to reflect on past activities to see for myself how many, if any, of my wishes on my Dream List actually came true.
The first big wish, to exhibit one of my pieces in the biennial Sacred Threads exhibition held in Herndon, Virginia was realized when my submission, TRANSFORMATION was accepted and then exhibited in July. I was so pleased that I took the leap of faith to actually fill out the submission process. The bonus on this dream being realized, is that a full color catalog of the exhibit was produced. My work has been published in Sacred Threads Exhibition 2013, Lauren Kingsland, Editor.
In the fall of 2012, I had taken part in a group quilt, The Jennings Homestead, with my friends in The Milwaukee Art Quilters guild (MArQ). This quilt not only traveled the country in various exhibits, but won awards and recognition everywhere it was shown. Then in the 2013 summer edition of the Quilting Arts Magazine, it had a featured article. This was written by Suzanne Mouton Riggio and celebrated by the entire guild.
Also in the summer, an article that I had written, Hidden Message Mandalas describing my techniques was published in Art Quilting Studio by Stampington & Company. The article featured Calm the Blues, Look Within. While Milagros was published in PORTFOLIO 20 by Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.
While all of this publishing activity was going on, I was setting up a new studio in the Circle Door house. I managed to create a LoveLight© for a wedding gift (more about that in another post) and did some extensive travel with my newly retired hubby. And five of my art quilts were exhibited in numerous galleries.
So the year of transformation has had more activity than I would have guessed. Sometimes it does a body good to look back so that we can move forward. Do you think that this exercise will help you to realize your dreams come true? As Mike Dooley always says, Thoughts become things... choose the good ones! ® www.tut.com ®
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