It’s the last day of 2015 and I’m in the process of reflecting back on what I’ve learned this year and making plans for what I want to learn and accomplish in 2016. Sometimes, I choose a word for the year that guides my intentions. In 2015 my word was Authentic. I wanted to focus on being more authentic (true to myself) and doing more of what I felt was truly in line with my passions, skills, and goals. I’ve realized that being authentic is a constant process.
I opened my private practice, Mindful Art Center, at the end of 2014 and didn’t have a solid plan as to how I wanted the business to progress. I had been working with adults with traumatic brain injuries, and as much as I love that work, it is not the only population that I wanted to work with. I became an art therapist to work with kids. I want to help kids learn to cope with anxiety and depression and live more fully – to build confidence in themselves and grow to be productive and happy adults. Working with kids also means working with their parents and supporting them in their journey to raise a confidant child. Parenting is not an easy job and having support along the way is crucial.
This year I also became aware of Stand with Trans, an organization that supports transgender youth – their mission is “..to provide the tools needed by transgender youth so they will be empowered, supported and validated as they transition to their authentic life.” The work and support of this organization, founded by Roz Keith, is invaluable to families of transgender kids.
I created some new fiber artwork this year and participated in a few shows. I feel my work is evolving and I’m excited about where it’s going – new work is planned for the new year.
that is my word for the new year – Alive – I want to bring the energy of that word into all the work I do in 2016 and beyond. I want to do work that I love – I want to help others feel alive and live more confidently. I want to create artwork that makes me feel alive and inspired. So, here’s to 2016 and fully living our lives – sharing our work with each other – and inspiring others.