It’s a new year, and along with that comes new beginnings. People often choose January as a time to start something new, or to stop something that isn’t working for them. It’s a time for resolutions and changes. This new year brought big changes to my family, but unlike resolutions, they weren’t changes made by choice.
Shortly before Christmas, my dad passed away…. just one week before he and my mom would be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. At their age, you know this day is coming, but you’re still never really prepared for it.
So big changes started happening as I spent my first Christmas away from my husband and kids to take care of my mom. And the changes continue as my mom, at age 93, prepares to move 2,500 miles away to start a new life near me and my family. With an ever-positive attitude and a determination to focus on the future, my mom, like the crocus in this photo, is a beautiful picture of resilience.
Watching my mom adapt so courageously to these dramatic life changes inspires me to handle the ups and downs of my own daily life with as much resilience and grace as she does. So, here’s to a new year and new beginnings. I’ll get back to posting more inspiring new art lessons once I get my mom settled!