Sunday, 30 December 2012

Reflections on 2012

Wow, 2012 is over and it's nearly time to think about my goals and plans and word for 2013.

Looking back over some blogposts I wrote in early January 2012 about my plans/dreams/schemes for this year I can see that sometimes we just don't have enough time to do all the things we'd like to do.

The highlight of the year was my American Adventure and my art classes at Squam with Kelly Barton and Sarah Ahearn.  I had an awesome time meeting up with some online arty friends too.

I was part of the 30x30x30 Challenge Exhibition and completed 30 paintings in 30 days and sold 21.

I also joined my friend June Stevens for an exhibition and sold two paintings.

I loved the Life Book 2012 online course and my girls have improved....

I learnt so much from going to a local art class each Wednesday with mixed media artist Neil Elliott.

An article I wrote was published!

My word for 2012 was Courage and these are the goals I achieved from the list I wrote in January:

  • To be the real and authentic me
  • To take risks with my creations/art/paintings
  • To live my dreams, follow my passions and create an artistic life
  • To be part of as many exhibitions as possible.
  • To reach out to others, include them in my life and artistic community.
  • To say 'Yes' to opportunities
  • To get my writing and artwork published.
  • To leave the secure environment of my home.
  • To travel to USA, Canada.
  • To travel alone and with friends.
  • To attend a workshop in the States and to make it the most awesome life and learning experience possible.
  • To meet people whom I've never met but whom I know and hold a special place in my heart.

How did your 2012 go?  Have you chosen your word for 2013?  We are doing a blog hop and I'd love for everyone to join in.


  1. What an amazing year you've had! It's incredible how just one little word can have such an impact. Congratulations on all your success.

    My word for 2012 was Fearless (very similar), and I can't tell you the difference it's made in my life. Very excited to participate in the blog hop with you - looking forward to sharing our new words! Here's to another prosperous, joyful, and creative year!

  2. Well Michelle, it looks like you've had a remarkable year and I'm so pleased for you - look at all those incredible goals that you have achieved! I'm looking forward to seeing what 2013 has in store for you... also looking forward to discovering what your 'word' is for the coming year!

    A happy new year to you! xx

  3. What a great round up of 2012!! You have achieved so much in, I admire you for setting your goals and fulfilling them. Can't wait to see your goals you set for 2013.
    have a great New Year

  4. What a great year for you Michelle! Sorry we didn't get to meet in person when you were here, but it was great chatting with you "in person". Have a wonderful 2013!!

  5. Hello Michelle ~ My name is Karrlin and I am one of the 2012 Flying Lessons Alumni. I have been enjoying your site and also your FlyTribe site. I utilized the lovely button that you have that says "I loved Flying With KRR" for my page... please let me know if that is not ok. It was just so shiny I couldn't resist... ;) It is great! My friend from class said we could join with your Word Hop 2013 and I am very excited about that too! I am happy to meet you ~ please let me know if you have any information for me/us or if I have misunderstood anything!
    Thank you,
    Karrlin from Poems by Karrlin Bain ~ as found at Karrlin Bain Creates

  6. Wow, all of that took courage. Thank you for being an encouraging voice this year. I appreciated your support with showing my art too, and encourage has the word COURAGE in it! I am so glad that we got to meet and spend some artsy time together this year!

  7. It looks like 2012 was a great year for you Michelle! Congratulations on accomplishing so much. I admire your COURAGE and the way you go after what you want. And I just have to say I love your confetti trees!

  8. HI MIchelle, Congrats on an awesome year. You have achieved so much!!! Happy New Year and hope the year brings much love, peace, creativity and joy. And may you soar to even greater heights in 2013!!


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