kindness-by-gina-sekelsky-studio New Year’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. For starters, we host a dinner party every New Year’s Eve, so I wake up to a clean house and can settle into a whole day of daydreaming, eating yummy leftovers, and playing board games. Here are a few things I’d like to share with you about my year ahead (and hold onto your hat, because the first one is BIG): 1. You probably already know that my creative work has fueled my adult life (25 years in May, if you’re counting). I was blessed with a lot of work from the very start, and I ditched my day job at the tender age of 27. For years I believed that having a “day job” was a sign that you had failed at your vocation. (Didn't I learn anything from my art crush, William Carlos Williams--doctor and poet?) On and off during all these years, I’ve been asking myself the same questions: Are there other ways to live creatively? Have I allowed some skills to flounder while others have flourished? What’s the best way to use my gifts? A few months back I shared that I was teaching one or two days a week in a local arts high school, feeling out a new way to be creative and enjoying some time away from my (sometimes lonely) studio. Well, one thing led to another and as of Thanksgiving, I’m teaching nearly full time—definitely not what I was planning for, but I’m embracing it full-on. (That’s big, right? It feels big!) The best part is, I feel more creative than ever. I’m bursting with ideas and have some exciting projects in the works. So no, I’m not closing Lettergirl. (You could say it’s my lifeline.) But I’ll be doing more of my work on evenings and weekends, and I’ll be sending fewer, fuller newsletters this year. I hope you’ll keep me company as I navigate these new waters. (Or, please use the link below to unsubscribe if this content is no longer relevant for you.) 2. I’m looking into some changes on my main website this year, which will also mean changes to this blog. (You may have noticed that I’ve been letting that slide a bit these last few months.) I’m having way too much fun with Instagram, and not feeling like the blog format is working for me right now. What do you think? 3. Next week I’ll be sending out the first quote in my 2017 Quote of the Month Club. It’s not too late to subscribe! Choose quotes with a Faith/Scripture theme or Nature & Hope theme. (Yes, this year’s theme started as simply “Nature.” But as I compiled my list of quotes ideas for the year, I was more and more drawn to words of hope. So I changed it to Nature and Hope. Ta da!) 4. My favorite books of 2016: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. It lived up to the hype! Now I’m on a mission to read everything he’s ever written. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Read it with a box of tissues and a highlighter. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I listened to this one on walks to the studio early last summer. Perfect for putting spring in your step (literally and figuratively). My YA pick for the year is Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin. I learned something new & it fostered family discussions about race and leadership. Highly recommended for reading aloud! 5. How do you feel about the ending of 2016? My heart ached deeply last year, but I also felt a call to be my best self. I’m grateful to every one of you reading this, for supporting me in the work I love and for bringing light to my days. Thank you! And I hope 2017 will be a year to revel in. Gina
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3 Responses to A few little things & one BIG thing.

  1. i’m so excited for you gina! congrats on making brave changes, and changes that will inspire and affect young lives as well as stoke your own creative juices. well done you!

  2. Ann Stock says:

    What fabulous news! congrats and great, good luck. I always love it when a friend embraces changes. I think you will be a wonderful addition to the lives of these students.

  3. Pam says:

    Wow, that is a BIG WIN WIN! Congratulations More inspiration for those of us who find change more challenging

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