Monday, December 14, 2009

Looking Back, Looking Forward

I don't know about you, but I'm already starting to think about new year. I tend to start reflecting around mid-December and often brew thoughts and ideas right through to mid-January before I really feel that I'm done with the process of letting go of one year and moving to the next.

Looking back to the immediate past, the
Made n' Thornbury market on Saturday was lots of fun. I was in fabulous company and had a wonderful day catching up with friends, fellow makers and bloggers, and meeting some new peeps.

Do you know that the Thornbury Craft Bonanza is now 18 months old? I didn't even realise it myself. That's definitely been a highlight for this year. Having regular time with other crafty folk is so good for the soul. I've had lots of requests throughout the year from people who'd like to join the group. So, by popular demand (doesn't that sound great) the Thornbury Craft Bonanza is going to become a fortnightly Thursday evening craft group open to all. I'll do a separate post with all the details in the next few days. I'm just firming up a location and time.

I've already decided on my word or theme for next year. 2010 is my year to SHINE!

I have a lot of trouble recognising the unique gifts that I bring to the world. I spend lots of wasted time holding back while I watch other people step forward. Next year I'm going to step forward and really own my place in the world. I'm going to ignite my passion and my gifts and I'm going to share them. I love what Kelly Rae Roberts wrote yesterday about being courageous and authentic. It was exactly what I need to read. There is enough room in this world for each and every one of us, and sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to turn off all the noise and just listen to your own inner whispers.

A couple of things that I'm already really looking forward to next year:
  • The new and improved Northern Craft Bonanza. Like I said, stay tuned for all the details.
  • Launching a new blog that I've been working on for months. It's about a subject very close to my heart.
  • Attending the inaugural Sew It Together - Australian Craft Blog Convention in May 2010. If you haven't signed up yet, head on over.
  • My trip to An Artful Journey. Only 8 weeks till I head off. I am so, so, so, so excited.
  • Taking all the ideas, plans and dreams that I've been carrying around most of my life and continuing to take step after step to making them real.
Are you looking back, looking forward at the moment? What do you see?

A big heartfelt thanks to Kylie and Chrissy who encouraged me
not to give up and to push forward with this painting.
I actually really love it now.
(See Cam, I told you it wasn't quite finished)


  1. I'd love to join a crafty group, I've been feeling very isolated from the crafty community lately, it can come across by default as quite cliquey as everyone seems to know each other and be friends and i only see people at markets or in blog land a lot of the time...a lot of my old crafty buddies have retired from their creative pursuits for a bit it would seem!

  2. Oh so true my friend... everything is better with a crocheted doily!
    Looking forward to the new Northern Craft bonanza - sounds like a barrel of fun and good times.

  3. Oh Cathy,
    It’s stunning, I am so glad you pushed through with it, you should be very proud. What a perfect way to finish your year, especially as you embark on what is shaping up to be a pivotal year for you. I can just feel that things are going to surge ahead for you.
    Well done once again.

  4. a great post Cathy very inspiring I am so glad you didn't give up on the painting

  5. The painting is wonderful...that orange is my favorite energising... Yes darlin I can see you steppin out in 2010 and go girl!

  6. You know what, lovely lady? You will go places. That painting is GORGEOUS. Kick those inner demons out of the way, I say!

  7. congratulations on working through the 'ugly stage' of your painting - it looks really beautiful! my impression is of a flower-sun taking it's own journey through the sky and blossoming into a proud shining star...

    SHINE brightly my dear!

  8. I love it too - just stunning :-)

  9. glad you didn't give up with the painting, turned out lovely :)

  10. I love how you've shown your progression through this painting. And the result speaks for itself!!!! Well Done!

    I look forward to watching you shine brighter next year.

  11. I love the finished picture, well done for staying with it and turning it into something you love!

    Best wishes for 2010. I love the way a new year can hold so much hope. May it all be all you can make it.

  12. good luck with yr "shiny" new year.......hoping you have a great christmas and new year cathy.....and hope to attend a few NCB

  13. It's been a big year Cathy. No wonder you are taking some time to reflect on what has gone and what will come. Next year certainly has a lot to look forward to already.