Monday, December 31, 2007

goodbye 2007

I've been cruising through a few of my favourite blogs this morning and suddenly feel peer pressure to write a year-end wrap-up post, filled with reflections on 2007 or a list of goals for 2008, but truthfully, I need to leave 2007 behind me and not put any pressure on 2008 to perform. I feel guilty even writing this since there were no major disasters in 2007, but the devil is in the details and it's been a year filled with small setbacks, disappointments and plenty of disillusionment. I can even look back over my blog, comparing its more sombre tone -- or absence of any kind of tone at all -- to the light-heartedness and humour of the past. For example, when I injured my back again in October and couldn't move for three days (and it took until now to feel 100% again) I was so fed up with myself/circumstances/2007 that I told almost nobody about it. The dormitory matron in me wants to tell me to pull up my socks and count my blessings, you silly old cow, but that tendency to downplay and spin everything positively, a self-preservation tactic I learned early on, is often part of my problem, so I'm hoping that committing it to public record will help me make a clean break with 2007.
In 2008 my only real intention is to try and live by these words of the Dalai Lama:
I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.
On a professional level I also plan to follow Jafabrit's wise advice and "screw the business of art." :)
And since I wouldn't dare post without pictures, here are a few from yesterday's hike in Burns Bog, a short walk down the hill from us. We found a lot of evidence of beaver activity by the creek and spotted a coyote on a hillside.

Finally, I also want to thank my virtual friends for all your support and affection this year and may 2008 be filled with good memories. Happy New Year!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you have a happy and blessed 2008. I love the quote you selected from the Dalai Lama.

31/12/07 9:57 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

I expect synchronicities - is that a problem?

Happy New Year Andrea!

31/12/07 10:26 a.m.  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Happy New Year.

31/12/07 10:37 a.m.  
Blogger zooms said...

Wishing you a very Happy New Year Andrea. x

31/12/07 11:43 a.m.  
Blogger WithinWithout said...

You're so open and honest...thanks for this. I hope you've bought a heating pad for your back.

And what a wondrous gift, to live so close to such a beautiful place. All the best in '08, Andrea.

31/12/07 12:39 p.m.  
Blogger jafabrit said...

I expect synchronicities , Ha! ha! that is a good one lol!

ugh! back issues, been there, doing it still, such a bore isn't it. Glad you are feeling better.

Enjoyed the pics and look forward to reading your blog next year.
all the best

31/12/07 1:44 p.m.  
Blogger Unknown said...

Happy New Year Andrea! Thank you for being such a dear blessing in my life this year.

31/12/07 3:20 p.m.  
Blogger Melody said...

Love the quote from the Dalai Lama (one of my heroes).....the best of 2008 to you Andrea. Thanks for always writing from the heart

31/12/07 5:30 p.m.  
Blogger Ellen said...

Have an amazing 2008 Andrea! I'm so glad I came across your wonderful writing and art. Burns Bog? I can't believe I haven't been there, you've inspired me to take a trip.

31/12/07 6:10 p.m.  
Blogger denise said...

Happy New Year! Letting go of expectations is a great way to move forward. May your path this year be blessed by synchronicity. Cheers ;)

31/12/07 7:57 p.m.  
Blogger Unknown said...

Andrea we only have up to go now. ;)
Yep as soon as I get out of this slump and cold. Rats.
I love the advice from the Dalai Lama. Bravo!
I guess we both need a nature walk. It always picks me up.
you and your family have a wonderful new year.

31/12/07 8:39 p.m.  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

Have the Nicest of 2008, Andrea! And take care of that back! :)

31/12/07 10:55 p.m.  
Blogger Romeo Morningwood said...

Happy New Year.
At this point in time I am naturally intrigued by your remark about discovering plenty of evidence of beaver activity by the creek but I feel that for one day out of the year I can forgo leaving one of my standard bad puns.

For whatever reason I try to pronounce Coyote with some degree of authenticity but WW laughs when I say Ko yo tay so for 2008 I should just stick with the 'merkin' version and say K'eye-yote-tee.

31/12/07 11:22 p.m.  
Blogger Alda said...

Wishing you a very Happy New Year too, Andrea. So very glad to have met you (e-met you?) this year. Wishing you and your family the very best for 2008.

1/1/08 10:40 a.m.  
Blogger Alda said...

Oops, that should have read 'last year' of course. Still have my mind in 2007.

1/1/08 10:41 a.m.  
Blogger Cream said...

May 2008 bring you whatever you wish for and much more, Andrea.
Krimo. C'est mon nom.

1/1/08 11:01 a.m.  
Blogger Heather Plett said...

Happy New Year! May the details be a little less devilish this year.

1/1/08 12:48 p.m.  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey Andrea, happy new year to you and yours :) I felt the pressure too to come up with a perfect little anecdotal, witty and warm and wise "in a nutshell" end of year commentary, but couldn't rise to the occasion! Instead I left a summery flower post with one thought I envied someone else having. Shucks. It's all one can do to prise oneself off the cave floor at this time of year, scratch oneself and mooch aimlessly about, before snuggling hastily under a big stack of leaves again ; ) Your walk looks enticing. Thanks for your wonderful blog, which has provided me with food for thought and plenty of smiles. Warmest cave wishes.

1/1/08 1:02 p.m.  
Blogger tlchang said...

Best wishes to you too this new year. And hopefully one in which we might even be in the same proximity as one another at some point. :-)

1/1/08 2:37 p.m.  
Blogger TheTart said...

Happy 2008 ... It's just gotta be better than ye old 07, natch!!!

The Tart
; *

1/1/08 2:49 p.m.  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

I'll harken to the words of the Dalai Lama, they work for me and the view I am always trying to make a part of me. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail.
Thanks for the stroll through Burns Bog.
Happy 2008 cherished, talented and lovely friend.

1/1/08 3:08 p.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

We both loved Burns Bog pics.

through synchronicity to

I expect nothing less!

1/1/08 3:17 p.m.  
Blogger carla said...

Andrea, I do hope that 2008 will be a very good year for you. I think years have personalities, and I guess you got stuck with a cranky year in 2007:< I love the Dalai Lama's words. They are a reminder to accept that the universe operates in its own random way and we must be open to seeing what it offers! I love your pics from the hike.

1/1/08 4:47 p.m.  
Blogger CS said...

There need be no peer pressure in blogging - I always say the most important thing is to blog for yourself and let people take what they will from it.

Great shot of the coyote. And wise words to live by from the Dalai Lama.

1/1/08 5:59 p.m.  
Blogger Heather said...

Happy New Year! Love to you and yours!

2/1/08 2:54 a.m.  
Blogger Mei Shile said...

You too have a Happy New Year 2008, Andrea! And a lot of new and successful art!

2/1/08 5:07 a.m.  
Blogger Paula In Pinetop said...

I hope you feel supported in 2008.

Andrea, I surely don't discount any setbacks you might have endured but just to change the focus for a "moment"......

I'm so happy to have found you this past few months. You have been a real bright spot in my creative world and it is in many ways because of you that I actually look forward to 2008. Something I've never done in the past.

Love and hugs, my dear.

2/1/08 6:19 a.m.  
Blogger Sandra Evertson said...

Happy New Year to you and yours!
Sandra Evertson

2/1/08 1:35 p.m.  
Blogger Ilva said...

I+m late as usual but it doesn't mean that I don't wish you a Good New Year Andrea! I wish that you will reach your goals without any particular expectations of the results if you get what I mean?

3/1/08 7:43 a.m.  
Blogger daisies said...

happy new year beautiful :) i put aside expectations in 2007 and it turned out to be a pretty spectacular year so i think there is something to that ... much love in 2008 and laughter, lots of laughter :) xox

3/1/08 8:20 a.m.  
Blogger Rachel Schell said...

hope 2008 holds wonderful things for you!!

4/1/08 9:27 a.m.  

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