My fellow fliers have challenged me to choose one word to define 2012. It is to define my intent for the coming year. We took Kelly Rae Roberts’ class Flying Lessons and have become an international source of on-going support and encouragement.
My word for 2012 is “Nurture”. I chose this word because I am in the beginning stages of making a significant change in my life. It is my intent for 2012 to begin to nurture my creative business. I need to plant the seeds that will someday become a new way of life for me - one that is true to myself and brings me joy each day. I am not quite ready to fly on my own, but I am ready to start walking down that path. That means learning new things and creating a plan. If it was my garden, I’d be picking a sunny spot, creating raised beds, amending the soil, irrigating and planting. Lots of different things that have to be done before the seeds can reach their full potential.

I have a plan to quit the day job and focus on more creative endeavors. Before I do that though, I need to take care of a few things. These things include the not so fun like new windows and a new roof. And, some fun things like building a new studio and adding solar panels. None of those are insignificant so the plan is a five year (or so) plan. In the meantime, I need to start building a good foundation on the creative endeavors side so that when the time comes, I will be able to truly fly.

That isn't to say that I won't be creating along the way. For 2012, I have signed up for a few on-line courses including KRR’s latest course “Hello Soul. Hello Business.” to give me some more business roots. Another e-course that I have signed up for is Flora Bowley’s “Brave Intuitive You” just because it looks like lots of fun. I love her paintings and her approach to creating art. I have also signed up for a few classes at my favorite studio Wired Designs. I will be learning to weld in January and will be enameling jewelry in March. And, since I will be walking soon, I will be firing up the kiln to practice the things that I learned this past year. I didn’t choose “Focus” as my word for a reason!