Saturday, January 1, 2011

What will this new year hold???

Can you EVEN believe it's already time for the new year???
It really is a wonderful time, isn't it?
A time for fresh beginnings ~
A time to make changes ~
A time for a new start....

But what will this new year hold?
I feel that WE hold this answer, don't you???
At this time in my life, I've finally realized that
if we want things to change in our lives,
WE have to change them!

What do I want to change in my life?

I would like to have more COURAGE!!!
Yes, you heard right.
I doubt myself, I doubt my capabilities and even doubt my art ~
I think I'm afraid to push myself to the next level...
So my big step is teaching a class at Karla's Bird Song retreat this spring!!!
Am I mortified?
But I will push through and do this!!!!

I want to help more with
my family's business
Shop Fun Soap
with new product design and
don't fall out or be shocked....
but I'm going to work at the trade show this January!!!!!!
Yes, I'm an old bag and
I'll fit in at the Atlanta Merchandise Mart
like oil in water....
but I do know what's beautiful
and look forward to selling our wonderful soap!!!

No, I really don't make resolutions....
but I do have aspirations ~
things that I would love to see happen.

I don't know why I've posted these pics....

Except that they are beautiful to me....

This is a photo of a building in Savannah ~ I just love the perspective!

My new year's wish for you???
That your new year is full of promise
and that you will be happy, healthy and achieve
all that you want to!!!!

hugs and love precious friends,


Brynwood Needleworks said...

You're going to have an awesome 2011, Dawn! Happy New Year from our home to yours.
Donna, Kes and Fezzik Inconceivable

Bettyann said...

Dear Dawn..Happy New Year..I like your aspirations for are not old and have many talents to share..Karla would not have asked you unless she agreed..take care..remember the lion had courage, he just had to find it within himself..

Barbara Jean said...

Blessings to you Dawn, and your sweet family.
May God's Peace, Grace, and Love rule in your life each day.

big hugs.

barbara jean
PS the pics are lovely.

Karen said...

Happy New Year Dawn,best wishes for the coming year.

Tina said...

Wishing you a wonderful and happy New Year Dear Dawn. I hope 2011 will be an amazing and wonderful year for you filled with love and joy.
xo Tina

suziqu's thread works said...

I was so drawn to these most beautiful pictures and some of my favourites. I do hope you may achieve some of your aspirations you have set for yourself during 2011.
All good wishes, Suzy

Dorthe said...

Hello sweetest friend- and A Happy New Year-to you dear.
You will be a treasured teatcher , and I wish you happy houers with the family business-ant the Atlanta mart, it will be lots of fun,I`m sure.

Pilgrim at Kerjacob said...

What a good start to 2011 - I've just found your blog.
Its a delight.
You have so much talent so I do hope you'll see more of that this year.
Its so easy not to see how talented we are but when someone else says so its wonderful.
Happy new things for you.

Anonymous said...

Dawn, my New Year's wish for you is to achieve more success in your various endeavors, and to continue being such a sweet and supportive friend to so many of us that follow you here.

Many blessings to you and your family,

Anonymous said...

I love the pictures you share as well.
Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!
Have no worries about teaching the class. You are proven to be a wonderful and experienced teacher (it is in your soul) so all you must do is enjoy and share your passion.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

That will be so much fun working at
the Atlanta gift show! When we displayed last
year in Dallas, it was really a blast meeting
people and just hanging with all of the
other vendors~
Yayyyy!!! You will do great!!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I wish you a very Happy New Year, too, Dawn! I hope you have a wonderful year, even if you feel panic-y about doing a class! : ) We are hoping to downsize in this new year and I am looking forward to that because that means I can at least cut my day job hours, and maybe, just maybe quit it altogether.

Vicki Boster said...

Sweet Dawn- I admire you so for taking on new challenges. I think when we do so it helps to keep us more alive- challenges a truly a blessing I believe. I know you will achieve all that you set out to do.

Happy New Year Dawn- I am so looking forward to another year of your amazing creations, your beautiful blog. And your generous and loving spirit. May blessings abound this next year for you and your dear family.

Deb said...

Hi Dawn,

I hope this is a year of grace and goodness for you too! Thanks for sharing you beautiful pictures, your talent and your heart all year's like a present I get to open every day!

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Happy New Year Dear Friend,
I Love your words on Courage, Great idea, Mine is to be Brave.... So between Courage & Bravery, we have a Perfect combo.... Here's to a Beautiful & Successful 2011

Unknown said...

Happy New Year. I love that your word for this year is Courage...we could probably all use a bit more of that when the doubts take hold. Guess we just need to learn to trust our crazy ideas and see where they lead. The photos you posted are beautiful and I can see how they might inspire you creatively. Love you blog and plan to visit often in the new year.
Cheryl at My Sister's Cottage

Sandy said...

My dear sweet friend Dawn,

You will do fantastic at market, your vibrant personality, beautiful smile, and generous spirit will shine there! I wish your new business much success and expansion in 2011!

You my dear are ever the en-COURAGE-r and you have not one tiny reason to doubt your abilities. You gave me the courage to pursue a dream that is bearing fruit right at this moment. I hope you will take a peek at the new Somerset Life as we celebrate together for you are mentioned there as the sweet spirit and encourager that you are!

Thank you for helping me to spread my wings, now give yours a flap or two and see where they take you in this new year! I am so hoping to take Karla's class this spring and would so love to meet you in person!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting those absolutely wonderful pictures. Who know's why ~ but I'm glad you did! Each one has it's unique beauty! What a nice way to start the year.

Good luck with your new adventures. You'll be great because you've made up your mind to DO IT! That's a big first step! If I were there, I'd come by to say hello!

Happy New's gonna be a good one!


Vicki said...

Love this post, Dawn. I would love to be more courageous and actually get on a plane and head to Karla's for the spring art retreat! Have I missed her sign up on her blog? I know she said she would post sometime between Thanksgiving and
Xmas. I've never taken a class. I'm ready to challenge myself this year. I would absolutely love to join you there and take the class. Is Lisa teaching too? Happy New Year!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Sending love and blessings for the New Year!!

Unknown said...

Dearest Dawn,
I was touched by your loving comments when I discovered your blog two years ago, and have been strengthened and encouraged by them to move forward toward my dreams.
Did you know that the way to be without fear is not to “strive to be brave”? It is perfect love that casts out fear ! (I John 4:18) Dawn, just keep loving, and keep receiving love and giving love away, and you will find yourself free from fear, and walking on water!! I believe you have what it takes to reach your aspirations and more. I love your blog, you gorgeous art, and stunning pictures that always refresh and inspire. Thank you, Dawn!

Debby said...

Wishing young year full of creativity and all things beautiful.

Sweet Old Vintage said...

In your thoughts I find inspiration to make my life just a touch more exciting... There are many ways I can make it more lovely without spending money and staying within my budget... Thanks for making me think more about it... My goal this next few days is to have Christmas all tucked in storage by Tuesday... I have to take my village down and it take me all day... It is messy but I enjoyed it so what else counts... Godd luck with new ventures and the wonderful part is being your friend I will share many of them with you on your blog... Blessings... for the New Year.

Sandi said...

Hi Dawn,
Happy New Year to you today! I can't believe we are in 2011 already! Time sure flies!
Love the beautiful photos you shared today.

Brenda said...

I also need more courage. Am getting more as I get older. I turned 53 in December. Would love not to work in my part time clerical job. I have worked this type of job all my adult life. I am tired of it....Have wanted to open a shop of my own. Fabric, yarn, tea shop anything like that would be my cup of tea. No courage. Have a wonderful year!

Romeo said...

My dearest Dawn,

With your talent and loving heart, there is NOTHING that you can not do. Seriously. Mean it.

Wishing for you everything beautiful and kind in 2011.

There is NOTHING that you can not do. Go Dawn Go!


Romeo and "her"

Dragonlady said...

You are such a talented lady and I know you will do a wonderful job teaching at Karla's and have loads of fun with her too...and I know you will enjoy doing the convention as well....
Happy New Year......

The Rustic Victorian said...

My dear Miz Dawn,
Repeat this one. "I can do all things through God who strengthens me."
You "have" designed soap and many things.
You "have" taught a class.
You "have" sold retail, wholesale is not much different. It will just be a different venu.

Your a natural at all these things...and what fun goals. You can do it. Fly with "positive self talk" Mamma Bird.
Love you!

The Tin Rabbit said...

Dawn...You are so good at everything you do so I have NO doubt you will be wonderful at your new endeavors ! Your sweet heart and spirit will guide you and courage is always there! I wish you a happy new year full of love and joy ~love ya~Ann

Jen Kershner said...

Hi Dawn! Happy New Year to you. I have decided to be Fearless this next year. I'm going to fake it til I feel it!

Jann said...

I have only one thing to say, besides, "Happy New Year!" and that is, you are NOT an old bag--you are a beautiful, sweet, loving woman who is the best blogging friend, ever, to all of your fans!

Theresa said...

Sounds like a great plan for 2011! I have aspirations also! I pray that you achieve all that you set out to do! I have faith that you can and WILL:) HUGS!

Sheila Rumney said...

You will definitely shine with your beautiful spirit at the show. Wishing you the best in this New Year!

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Happy New Year for you and your family, dear Dawn! I wish you all the best for your ideas! It sounds like you will have an exciting 2011 :-).
Big hugs to you,

lifespassion said...

Best of 2011 to you Dawn! I have some of the courage, I just don't have the oomph! I work a full time office job that is just boring the hell out of my anymore. I do have two antique booths, a husband, animals, a house and a yard to take care of too, plus an estate of a person I was power of attorney for. What I WANT to do is ~ start a blog, spend more time working on the booths and resolve to let go of some of my items. I buy things to sell, but alot don't make it that far. You will do wonderful in anything you choose. You are so creative and your work is so beautiful - we would all love to see more. You will get more courageous as you get older - I'm 52 now and am getting better day by day. It's either that or you just don't give a $&#* so much anymore!! Hugs to you in this new year and may all your dreams and wishes come true!!

Diana said...

That nasty critic pops up in all of our heads at times doesn't it. Dawn your talent and creative spirit blesses so many. I like your idea of not having new year's resolutions but aspirations. That's all any of us can do is to aspire change and not beat ourselves up if we don't accomplish what we aspire to do. Trying and moving forward with a loving, accepting spirit is the healthy approach. Happy new year.


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