Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 My Worst Best Year

I'ts early children are still sleeping and my sweetheart just left for work.

I'm sitting here reflecting on the past year as it comes to a close. The good, the bad, all of it. This year has been one of major change for me. For several years I think I was in a bit of a rut, working full time, raising two kids, etc. I had kids very young and got so focused into motherhood I kind of lost myself along the way. If someone had asked me what my favorite color was, I would've drawn a blank.

This year was different.

After reading a book by Katherine Center about a mom who sounded a lot like me, I started to follow Katherine's blog. She wrote about a women's retreat with fellow creatives and it really sparked with me. I fell in love with the beautiful art and photography, and words of these amazing women. I remembered that I use to write poetry, and paint. I bought Kelly Rae's book, spent lots of $$ at the craft store and started to feel happier than I ever imagined possible. I started my own blog, started taking classes online and in person with Judy Wise, and felt surrounded by love and friendship in this artsy community.

I found me.

This year has also been very painful...losing loved ones, losing my kitties, and a devastating issue with extended family. I won't go into details, a bit too personal. I really don't know how I would have made it through without art and all of you. Each comment and word of kindness means so much to me. I'm so thankful to call you friends and was even lucky enough to meet some of you in person.

So even though this has been the worst year ever, it's also been the best. I'm happy, more confident, a better mom, a better wife, a better friend. I feel like anything is possible! Wishing you all happiness in the New Year!

Goodbye 2010, 2011 here we come!

Much Love and Thankfullness!



  1. Dear Jenny, I am so happy for you. That you "found yourself" so soon/early on really in life. And can do motherhood and art at the same time. So important. And glad you are weathering the hard stuff too. Your smile says it all. Hugs from me and I am looking forward to seeing all you create in the years to come. Happy New Year New Friend!
    xoxo ♥♥♥

  2. ((Jenny)) I am so glad to have found you in cyberland!

    Reading your post made me feel so happy for you!

  3. Happy New Year Jenny! I'm so glad to have met you, and glad you have embarked on your artistic journey. I know you will continue to enrich your life & everyone's around you through your art. It does make life much more bearable, even through the rough bits, doesn't it!?

  4. First of all Jenny, your smile makes me happy--you're so pretty, and I know that 2011 is going to be very special for you. You've found your wings and now you can take off!!

  5. love this post. here's to a new year filled of peace, love and light! Joella

  6. Beautiful post Jenny! And fabulous picture of you! I am so happy to have connected with you in blogland this year! Hugs and Happy New Year! :)

  7. Happy New Year. I am glad we have this outlet to share our talents with each other. Lots of wishes and prayers for an awesome 2011.

  8. Just found your blog via the Stretching Within Facebook group, it's amazing when we are awakened to the art world isn't it? Trying year for me as well, here's to the new!

  9. happy new year to you! I love your story and as you know it resonates with me. Isn't brilliant to find something that makes us so happy and it's all about creating? I'm sorry to hear about the other things too, yet I also understand.

    It was so wonderful meeting you too in 2010 and maybe we will meet again in 2011. I do hope you have a brilliant 2011 fellow artist :)


  10. Gosh, Jenny, I can totally relate to 2010 being the worst but best of years. Like you, I've learned that our trials are just an opportunity for tremendous growth if we will just allow them to be. I'm so glad you feel like you've found yourself and that art has brought you the joy that it has. All the best to you in 2011.

  11. Jenny,
    I am sorry for what you have endured!
    I am finding through pain, I am finding myself, too. It is odd, it happened this way, but I am thankful for finding my art again. It is a friend I tucked away and don't want to be without! I hope 2011 is a better year for you and yours!
    <3 xXx
    I am happy I met you this year~

  12. I can relate to your post and understand loss and emotional pain more than I care to admit ;-) But I have lived long enough to see bits of thread weaving through it all. We are enough, we are strong, we are women hear us roar (quietly). You are becoming and it's beautiful, wishing you favor and blessings in the New Year ;-)

  13. Thank you ladies♥ Here's to continued friendship in 2011!!!

  14. How exciting to be on this path of self discovery...keep listening to your gut and enjoy!

  15. 2010 was a year of juxtaposition for me too. So many great highs and devastating lows. It was my hardest year in a very long time. I'm glad it's over but I accept it for what it was.

    Happy New Year Jenny. I hope 2011 is an amazingly wonderful year in your life.

  16. Happy New Year Jenny! I feel fortunate to have gotten to know you, that is one wonderful thing 2010 brought me :).

    I'm sad to hear 2010 was rough on you, but so glad it was the year you rediscovered yourself. You deserve only the best and brightest things in 2011 and always!

  17. Oh Sweet Jenny, your post was certainly (truly) heartfelt this morning. I too rediscovered myself.."my truer soul"..when connecting with the art world. It came in small breaths..The need to join with something bigger than myself. Your Beautiful Smile At The Close Of Your Post Said It ALL for me. Happy New Year Sweet Friend! Your words and story touched my very soul this morning. Sending you a tight hug of love and sunshine from the Peach State, Terri

  18. what a wonderful post! Im so glad to hear that you've found yourself again through art. Mamas need their time too, and I think having happy mamas makes for happy babies :)

  19. Jenny Penny, it has been a wonderful experience to see you blossom and grow in your artistic efforts. You seem stronger and more sure of yourself and more content than ever and I love it. Can't wait to have an art night with you this spring.
    Love Rach

  20. jenny,
    i just found you via OWOH and decided to read some of your blog. I totally understand how last year was a good bad year. I had a horrible pregnancy but then gave birth to a beautiful boy and then we ended up in hospital for two surgeries with him. Thankfully that is all behind us and we are able to look forward!
    I love your work and would love to follow your blog. You can come and check out mine too if you are so inclined! Be well!


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