Happy New Year 2012, my dear blogging friends, followers and guests!!
I really wanted to have a "2011 card favourites" post this year, here on my good ole' bloggie... the first attempt in retrospection turned into fiasco, as soon as I tried to view the fourty-something posts of January, in order to pick a favourite... haha, perhaps next year I will be lucky enough ;)
I still would like to take this opportunity, to sum up what happened to me on the card making field, this year and beyond, and how much in result it changed my life. I'm going to get a little personal, perhaps; and lengthy, so feel free to skip it as you wish :)
Back in Poland it was a general assumption that hobbies should not take a significant part in anyone's life, and that time and money are not worth wasting over something that doesn't bring anything significant in return.
The idea, of course, didn't allow for the sheer feeling of fulfillment that we experience when we're allowed to let our imagination soar and our talents grow.
I always found this appoach wrong, even though I understood that in the troubled time and place that I found myself in, fighting for the basics was indeed taking up majority of one's time... as well as it was killing creativity at the roots.
It was only when I arrived to Australia, when I learnt that it's not only perfectly normal to pursue one's dreams, but I also got to know the pleasurable feeling of taking the passion one step further at a time, with confidence and joy, and seeing how it enriches my life.
In the first year and a half since I first made an "adult" card, I was scouting the region and learning, learning a lot. It's an neverending and very humbling process. Only some time in the last year, I started to feel truly confident that there's nothing wrong in sharing my passion with all of you, and that the growing interest in my blog, the new DT positions that I was being offered, may indeed mean that I do have something valuable to share... and I'm not only talking about the cards.
It's the love for creating, the love for each other, that I perceive so unique in our online community, and that we all equally share on our blogs and forums. We're giving each other encouragement and strength in pursuing what we think is important to us, because let's face it - in the modern world there's increasingly fewer time to "stop and smell the roses".
It's important to do so, and now I have even more passion in what I'm doing, then I had as a "newbie".
In the last year, I enjoyed seeing my first published work, "met" some of the loveliest women through blogging, faced the challenges of being the part of many Design Teams, and had much, much fun. I want to keep growing as a paper crafter, because it brings such a pleasure to do something for myself and see it evolve, take me to places I've never been before.
I don't know where the new year takes me, but I know that I'm going to savour every part of the journey, just as I always did. It will be my honour to see that you continue to encourage me, by visiting this place. Without you, none of it would exist. I owe you a big smooch :)
Take it away, 2012!