Monday, December 31, 2012

out with the old...

I've made several attempts to write an end of year post while I worked yesterday on cleaning the detritus of the last six months off my drawing table, computer area, and work table.  I don't want to start the new year with the clutter of last year.  

I'm not feeling very philosophical this year like years past.  Maybe it's because I'm busy.  I have already made a list of work related items I need to accomplish the first half week of the new year.


Because we have a lot of work waiting for us!

This is a far cry from how 2012 started out.  Life has shifted back into the certainty lane, at least for the next six months or so and I have things to focus on.

It's been a challenging year.  By mid-summer, things were looking pretty dismal.  With no work, dwindling personal resources and reducing our expenditures to as little as possible, with the IRS breathing down our necks, we were beginning to wonder if we still had a business, wondering how much longer we could tread water.

Proposals that looked promising languished.  I filed for SS, we taught a workshop, then a windfall from a previous inheritance came, and I had my little part-time job at the antique store.  Income came from varied and unexpected places while the garden kept us fed.

And then in July, everything changed.  I sold a cast piece to an art consultant and we won 1st place at a gallery exhibition with a money prize.  After that, a very large commission was finally funded and other commissions have come in.  We have been very busy since August and the year is ending in abundance.

The Universe took care of us for another year and I am thankful.  

Well, I see I managed a post after all.  

Happy New Year everyone, may it be well and prosperous for us all.


  1. I'm so happy that things got better for you in what seems like the nick of time. As I get older I see more cycles in my own life like this one. I worry and worry but it has always worked out -- amazing.

    I hope you all have a great new year!

  2. This is good. This is all very, very good.

  3. I love the universe; it knows what to do when asked. I remember your first six months, and I'm happy for the last six months. Altogether less drought in 2012.

  4. Good things come to those who wait.... Its jsut so hard to wait! Loving Blessings to you to have a wonderful 2013

  5. it is SO good to read a happy, prosperous post. bless you! may 2013 be a strong, productive, snake-bite-less year!

  6. Happy new year to you too Ellen! I glad you are beginning 2013 with money in the bank, a plan in mind, and work to keep you busy! Shalom.

  7. Yes and yay and what a relief. You never know what's going to happen next. That's what I've been thinking about. You never know.

    Happy new year sister and friend.

  8. for this coming year i wish the continued and deserved happiness and good fortune that have rediscovered you ellen. steven

  9. May it all continue Ellen my friend!

  10. Happy New Year hun!!!

  11. Happy new year Ellen - I'm so glad that your luck changed! Maybe since I ate Hoppin John today mine will change too (although, actually, I consider myself to have a pretty cool life).

  12. Happy New Year! It's amazing how things come together sometimes, isn't it? Here's hoping the abundance continues in a way that's nourishing but not TOO stressful. :)

  13. ,,,and a happy New Year to you, Ms Ellen. I look forward to your words and project in the coming year...

  14. I can't wait to get firmly into 2013. I think it's going to be whatever we make it...


  15. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog post Christmas Karma (Hilary's POTW).

    I am so glad your year has ended on a happy note. It must have been so hard to be scraping the bottom of the barrel for the first half of 2012.

    Happy 2013 and may I wish you and yours a prosperous and blessed year.

  16. Well, I LOVE the reason why you can't find time to be 'philosophical'! May 2013 bring lost of paying fun ;-)

  17. 2012 was the same for us.
    Dark and dangerous the whole year until October and then POW, we got lucky and ended the year flush with plenty work for the next couple of months.
    Power to you for the new year.


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