One Year

December 21 was my blogiversary. I simply cannot believe that it’s been an entire year. It feels like yesterday that I was introducing myself to the blogging community, a little nervous and extremely excited. And yet, I’ve improved so much as an artist and writer over the past year because of you guys, and have been inspired by every single post I’ve read. Today I thought to myself, “Bet you never dreamed in a million years you’d start a blog, did you? And have the opportunity to design for others? And gain over 200 readers? And so many amazing friends with the most creative ideas?! Please just do one thing for me: don’t stop blogging.” And so, my blogging journey continues with Turtledesk. A huge thank you to all of you who have inspired me and continue to do so. Also, a huge thank you to WordPress for getting me started!

You are all incredible. Keep up the amazing work. Keep blogging. Keep those creative juices flowing. Happy holidays!

P.S. Another monarch butterfly showed up in my backyard a few days ago. It was drawn to the marigolds. I hope it stays for the holidays!

A Cloudy Day

In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.

Brother David Steindl-Rast

When the day is cloudy,

we look to the light—

even if the weather proves

neither sunny nor bright.

When the day is lonely,

we surround ourselves with friends—

once again reminded

that love never ends.

And when the day is triumphant,

we show appreciation—

celebrating all of those

who share with us elation.