As most of you know when the ball dropped on 2012, I was still grieving the loss of the following: my dad, my job, insurance coverage (all in the same month). [Tangent: If I was without the latter 2 elements, but had dad - I would not be as completely stagnant. Dad had a way of lighting a fire under my ass and nagging me and solving my problems for me when I had totally run the course of options available. ] it was a lot to handle at once, and if I said I handled it like a champ and was cool as a cuc the whole time, my pants would be aflame from the lies. However, circumstances have forced me to adopt Tim Gunn as my personal bespectacled sensei in that I've had to "make it work". [Tangent: The other day I read the fab New Year's blog of Mary Evelyn of What Do You Do, Dear? where she shared her tradition of coming up with a new mantra every year. I loved this concept of a personal motto so much, that I am stealing it.]
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Through to September, I felt like I was on a tightrope, but now I feel like I'm on a balance beam. I feel surprisingly more stable. I feel like maybe time and focus is what I lacked to get my blog on track and remember how the creative side of my brain even worked. People I never dreamed would give a damn about this thing some are actually into it and don't consider it a total waste of time. [Tangent: The fact that people send me products and actually want my opinions is crazy.]
The new year brings with it a lot of possibility and that excites me to bits. Already in these first 4 days of 2014, I have hired someone to revamp the look of my little Kimmie logo atop this blog and have been asked to join a team of misfits as a contributing blogger (specializing in pop-culture) several times a month. [Tangent: More details on that later.] I also have started actually revisiting my essays that I started years ago and looking ahead to some future artistic endeavors. Am I being vague enough? Good.
So if "Make it Work" was my motto of 2013, I look to Tim Gunn again for words of wisdom for 2014. I believe 2014 will be the year to "Carry on."
It seems only fitting. And, while we are at it, here is some other sage advice from my flamboyant life coach and spirit animal. It is fairly timeless.