It has been quite the year. I haven’t used this space for writing that much because I’ve spent more time handwriting in my journal (which was part of a manifesto that still guides me) and have been keeping more things to myself. Don’t get me wrong, I still wear my heart on my sleeve (clearly – haha) and haven’t lost my “art” of creating “awkward moments”. In fact, the move to Troy was hard and all of my old “stuff” returned – lots of looping around and around again in self-doubt. Before moving, I had so. much. fear. of somehow returning to a version of myself that wouldn’t be liked or that I would be too something. But I see now that even that version of me, the one that reaches and tries too hard and worries too much and seems overly eager, deserves love because we *all* have moments like this. It’s being a human and it can be difficult to navigate the ocean of feelings, but I believe it’s in this space (fear and feelings) that we are truly connected!
The fear I had leading up to it (the move) ended up being worse than the experience because Troy has been nothing short of wonderful. We’ve been welcomed into an amazing community of people (and animals!), I’ve poured my heart into my art and music, developed my own affinity for microbes, and Brendan’s building is oh-so-close!
Despite the short-sighted vision (of some) for the future of our planet and all beings and all the actions against it, I am still full of gratitude, hope, and possibility for the New Year. Here’s to finding moments of connection and sharing kindness to everyone, especially those that we don’t fully understand. Let our hearts be bridges because our lights shine brighter together.
While there are many things OUT of my control, I am grateful for the ability to make silly greetings like this one and hope that they can bring some cheer.
So Happy Holidays dear ones. Hope you enjoy our little greeting and that it puts a smile on your face.
p.s. dearest garden of friends (old, new and reconnected): thank you for all of your support this year. My heart truly felt held by each of you in the hardest of moments. Thank you. Remember, I’ve always got your back too. 🙂