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New Year – New Beginnings

Purple crocus pushing up through the snow with shadowsIt’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!

(Special thanks to Lisa from Natural Gardening for her beautiful crocus photo. Check out her delightful blog if you enjoy gardening!)


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  1. I’m sorry for your loss, especially during the holidays. How lucky you are to have your mother come to live with you now. Here’s to the new year for you and your family.

  2. So sorry to hear of your loss. You expressed all you are going through so clearly and with so much love and appreciation for your father’s memory. Although you have all lost your father, you have gained a new closeness by living so much closer together! I am sure that your students and creating art will also give you joy and support as you adjust to these changes.

  3. So sorry to hear of your lose. I know how difficult it can be taking care of a parent. Take care of yourself too and get some rest. Hugs


  4. My sympathy to you and your family. Thank you for your inspirational words and the lovely photo. Your mom sounds very special. Warm wishes for the new year.

  5. Sorry for your loss. You’re Mother is sure an example of strength. Thank you for all you do and willingness to share your ideas. I truly appreciate them. May your Mom, you and your family be comforted at this time of your life.

  6. Cheryl,
    Working with children you know how we often have to ease them through transitionary times, but as adults we just assume the position. Be gentle to yourself and nurture your soul through this new chapter. Thoughts are with you.
    Thank you for all of your great works and inspiration.

  7. Thanks for all your kind words, everyone. What a learning experience this has been! When I think of all we’ve been through in the last few weeks it’s almost unbelievable. But even in the hard stuff, there’s been much to be thankful for. I hope to be back to blogging soon!