Happy New Year!
It’s a day of reflection, celebration & goal-setting today – a whole new year begins tomorrow! What are you planning to make happen in 2016?
My suuuuper sweet, proud Mama wrote an epic poem about this first year of me going for it as a professional artist. Reading it made me laugh & cry – what a year! My oh my. I can’t wait to make more paintings & teach more art workshops in 2016. You are all the reason I get to do this work – thank you for being in my life!
May your New Year be filled with delight,
A TOAST TO ANNAMIEKA, and 2015!
“In 2015, she set her sail:
Using all her gifts to her avail,
She’d steer her course, with firm resolve.
Whatever challenge, she would solve.
With help from the “Crazy Lady” and
Her friends and mentors, she would stand
Up proudly, take a breath, and say:
“I am an artist! Now! Today!”
She’d splash the paint with wild abandon,
On six foot canvases – first, at random.
Then, with great purpose, as it revealed
To her the beauty of its yield.
Later, by the lake she learned,
To honor what she deeply yearned
For – Nature’s healing power was now
Expressing through her brush, and how!
Her body of work began to grow,
As many layers came to show
The depth of this young artist’s voice.
A calling, yes. But still, a choice.
For given gifts must be embraced,
And then, with courage, fears erased,
The warrior must still bring forth
The action needed to, thenceforth,
Proceed with single purpose, and
The many challenges withstand:
The inner voices with their doubt;
Pragmatic problems to work out.
Like finding just the right place to
Set up her space. And then, when to
Say : “No more roommates, or Air BnB,
(The balance is here! And I’ll find it! You’ll see!”)
With so little time, and bills to pay,
She valiantly pursues a way
To balance being an LMT
A BnB host, as well as to be
A working artist. An Innerpreneur.
A friend, a wife, a daughter, and more.
“It takes a lot of time to love so many…”
She juggles it all, at times without any
Idea of how she would get it all done.
Overwhelmed and exhausted. This isn’t all fun!
The bravest of warriors still has her times
Of aching aloneness. Despairing, sometimes.
Again, and again, though, the warrior rises –
Springs back into action, with bold, new surprises.
How high was that bar set? Well, it just got higher!
She’s back, world! And look out – this warrior’s on fire!
On top of the painting, let’s offer some classes!
And online promotion! And blogs for the masses!
I’ll apply for whatever they offer out there!
No show is too big or too small! I don’t care!
Not enough paintings for this weekend’s big show?
No problem! I’ve still several hours to go!
Who needs to sleep? Just hand me a brush!
It’s not daybreak yet! So, I mean, what’s the rush?
Or – I can drive all alone for ten hours or more
On a few hours’ sleep, knowing what is in store:
My first really big show, to help launch my career!
So drink some more matcha, and put ‘er in gear!
Yes, over and over, this warrior has shown
That she really means business! Her business has grown
With remarkable speed, in extraordinary ways,
In a mind-blowing lack of a number of days.
Yes, Mieka, my budding young Innerpereneur,
I stand open-mouthed as I witness how you’re
Continually proving that “When there’s a will…”
But, e’en more important and awe-inspiring still
Is the breadth of the love that imbues all you do –
As an artist, a healer, a businesswoman too.
Your gifts to the world, Mieka, through what you do,
Are transforming, compelling, and uniquely you.
So let’s raise a toast to Year 2015,
To the most amazing upstart that I’ve ever seen!
Yet, beyond all accomplishments, large ones or small,
I toast ANNAMIEKA, who gives it her all!!!”
With love from your immensely proud mama.