The last twelve months have been some of the most exciting and astounding, no doubt filled with plenty of challenging moments of growth and trying experiences. I celebrated the completion of my first year in a master’s program with a French university, wrote a 200 page dissertation which I defended just before returning to the US for the Holidays (champagne regularly involved), and completed an exciting internship with a Paris art gallery.
But I began the year feeling uncertain and ungrounded, spending much of the time trying to unearth which direction my heart desires to head next while also trying to grapple that I don’t even have to know exactly where I’m headed in this moment. I’m beginning these year a little more at ease with some exciting new ventures and at least one large life-changing mystery. I’ve signed up for a few more art classes, am planning a trip to Istanbul, hope to spend much more time in London, intend to give in to my wanderlust tendencies, plan to enter a 10 mile race in Paris and most exciting, will graduate with my French MBA. But after that diploma is scheduled to be in my hands, I enter the dark forest of the unknown, eyes wide open to new and challenging opportunities.
Last year, in lieu of the infamous resolution that seems predestined for failure, I chose a one-word theme for the year. 2012 was Joy. I found Joy in my family, in the adventures of life in Europe, in creating new friendships, deepening the bonds with old friends, in letting go and letting God. Since my birthday back in October, I’ve been filled with the sense that this coming year is to be my best yet. My chosen theme for this year is Intention. Intention as I seek a job that resonates with my passions. Intention as I seek new purpose in my next stage in life. Intention as I deepen the relationships most important to me. Intention as I seek the potential and promise of each new day. This will be the best year yet, and I will live with the Intention to see that it is. As for ArtfullyAdored, I hope to bring that word even into the continued growth and evolution of this site sharing with you the best of the year to come.
Wishing you all a wonderful New Year and the best in 2013!