Well, if you have just found me this morning, you will have been greeted by my all new background and 'look'. I must say I am quite pleased.
My motto for this beautiful new year is "Necessity is the mother of invention."
I am determined to constantly be seeking new and creative ways to be self-sufficient. I'll admit, yesterday, I was so depressed I couldn't get off the couch. (We also had a blizzard, which is the most opressive of the weather patterns I find.) But today, the sun is OUT, the snow has finally stopped, my back muscles are positively screaming from all the shoveling I did yesterday, I have friends, love, and life, and most importantly a FUTURE.
What brought about this sudden change? The sunshine outside helped. My husband suddenly deciding that we are going to pray together every night after some time of reflection and study in God's word was a huge part in my attitude adjustment. And it occurred to me that I do so much that ensures the survival of our tiny family that I have no reason on earth to feel useless and unwanted. My cats would DIE without me. It's true. My husband would live with his grandma without me. (Not so bad - she doesn't nag him like I do.)
I am returning to my original plan - to be a pianist! I didn't go through 22 years of piano lessons and 7 years of music school to be worthless. I sure as all get out didn't go through all that to be an insurance agent.
Alex is my manager. Beginning in March, I will begin marketing myself as an event pianist for weddings, receptions, etc, and an accompanist. That means I have to buckle down and practice every day again. I hope I have that in me.
I will continue to work the Etsy shop like my life depends on it.
I will try to take on a few new piano students.
I will grow my best garden to date this year. Hence the new background - veggies are one of my great loves.
I will preserve more food than ever this year.
I will create new recipes and try new things every week.
And maybe, just maybe, I'll convince that husband of mine that we should be thinking about starting our family?
Nah - I'll save that one for next year. :)