I’ve deemed 2012 my “Year of Artistic Discovery.” I feel like I ended 2011 in a state of artistic confusion, not knowing what direction to go in (and I still feel like that occasionally!), but this year I have learned so many new techniques and skills, started teaching classes (smashed that fear!), stretched my design abilities, and taken so many wonderful classes from super fantastically talented people like Andrea Chebeleu, Kristen Robinson, Ruth Rae, Alexis Grenzer, Terri Brush, and Melody Ross! My creative abilities seem to have been set free from the little box they were in. I started dreaming bigger, taking more leaps of faith, and feel for the first time that I’m not just creative…I am an artist. I can create beautiful things that touch peoples lives and hearts….and I can help inspire others discover their artistic journey. I really can’t wait to see what the next year holds! I’ll be ending 2012 by having my work featured in two awesome magazines (see above photo for one of them!!). If you asked me at the beginning of the year if I thought that would ever happen (even in 5 years), I would have laughed. I’m so thankful for all that has happened this year…and it’s not even over yet!