Wednesday, December 29, 2010

~purpose....this is my word for the new year~


 noun \ˈpər-pəs\

Definition of PURPOSE

a : something set up as an object or end to be attained :intentionb : resolutiondetermination
: a subject under discussion or an action in course of execution
— on purpose
: by intent : intentionally

my word for the year...purpose~
i was listening to an interview with jesse reno last night and something he said really resonated with me.   his intense yet free spirit and approach to painting and living as an artist really appeals to me.  he knows his purpose and he makes it happen.  he's committed and has learned through trial and error how to get the results he wants.  basically, he just sounds like an incredible guy and i love his passion for life and art.  lucky me, i get to take a class with him in april at art and soul.  after i signed up for his class his name has popped up time and time again!  it's so cool how that works.  i was flipping through the latest somerset studio magazine at barnes and noble and there he was....full spread and an awesome interview ....him and his art.  i was on the art and soul web-site and there he was again....interview on art and soul radio.  his blog is pretty cool too!  of course i had to check that out.  
each of us has a purpose and sometimes we lose sight of what that purpose is.  staying focused, living with intention, cultivating good things, knowing boundaries and seeking balance.....the word purpose encompasses all of this for me.   2010 was a great year.  a lot of ups and a few downs....but overall really great.  i have learned (even more) about letting go and about what is right for me and my family.  boundaries and losses continue to be a part of the journey and i am okay with it~ friendships change and are re-defined, the babies start to fly out of the nest, we begin to live the lessons and really get it....clarity is a beautiful thing but sometimes hard to understand and grasp.  the gift of life is extraordinary and the gift of TRUE friendship just as extraordinary. family is this amazing, unexplainable and necessary blessing.  grieving gets a little different and somewhat easier although i can't imagine ever a day going by that i don't think about my beautiful mother and the battle she fought before dying at age 62 in may of 2008.  the memories are a gift~ priceless.
 i am looking forward to the journey that 2011 brings.  starting with my gift to ME on january 10.  then on to art and soul for more of misty mawn, jesse reno and l.k.ludwig!  what a great combination!!  along the way, i will keep my purpose in mind and in heart~also, as always i will start off the new year by reading the four agreements.
wishing you all a happy new year~ filled with peace, love, PURPOSE and lots of ART~

Comes The Dawn
Author: Veronica A. Shoffstall
After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security,
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build all your roads on today,
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans,
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure...
That you really are strong,
And you really do have worth.
And you learn and learn...
With every goodbye you learn.


  1. synchronicity is amazing. I could have written a lot of this in my own blog, because it echoes the thoughts I've been having. Maybe there really is a collective unconscious...

    Have a happy new year! I wish you clarity, as you go forward with your purpose :-)

  2. Your words in this post resonated so deeply with me...and that poem brought tears to my eyes. Hi, I'm visiting via Misty's FB page and I am looking forward to taking her class with you! Your blog is beautiful...I hope you have a very Happy New Year. Cheers! Sherri :~)