I don’t do New Year resolutions. I might as well write on a piece of paper “Things I will not achieve”. Of course there are things I’d like to achieve but I don’t see how putting the “extra special super duper resolution wish and promise” on them will help.
This post is therefore not a list of “I will’s” but me taking 5 minutes to stop and think about the fab people I’ve come across in 2011. Social media is a poweful tool but if you use it in the spirit that it is intended ie socially you can get a lot out of it. I have interacted with many fabulous people this year, some I’ve been lucky enough to meet in person, some I might speak to on the phone or via video, and some I’ve tweeted with. These few really jump out at me so I wanted to introduce you.
People I am glad I’ve interacted with in 2011
Liz Jarvis – Liz has a wicked sense of humour, can be very witty and is one of the few people whose tweets, posts and the like I look forward to because I always get a lot out of them, be that a belly laugh or something to think about. More importantly, Liz is the only other person I know who has watched and loved Green Fried Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. This in itself makes her someone worth knowing in my book!
Helen Lindop. Cool, calm, collected, professional. Helen also has a wicked sense of humour! (No really, truly wicked!). Helen is my first port of call for all things business-like and the one I run things past because I know she’ll be honest yet constructive, despite perhaps wanting to say “What on earth…..?!”. Helen started off the year as a colleague of sorts and I now think of her as a friend.
Claire Lancaster – I love this gal! Always a pleasure to talk to, be it work-wise, or just general nattering, Claire is someone I’m very glad to have got to know better in 2011!! I love the way she writes and also that she doesn’t gloat when she beats me at WordsWithFriends which is very kind of her seeing as she does it so well. This year would have been missing something if it hadn’t had Claire in it!
Jay Mountford. Hugely talented photographer, someone who blogs purely for herself (the results of which being bloody fantastic posts that with either make you scream with laughter or sob into the sofa – but either way, you just couldn’t not keep reading!) and who has kicked my arse more than once this year. Jay doesn’t follow the crowd and is entirely herself all the time. I admire this. Advice from Jay (after kindly letting me whine on for far too long) has really turned things around for me. Love you woman!
There are of course many more and I have a mental list of people I am looking forward to getting to know better in 2012 (in a non-stalker way of course), but these four lovelies are the four I am infinitely glad to have got to know better in 2012.
Happy New Year all – and thanks x
Thank you for asking me to do another guest post, Nicki. Since I last appeared at Curly and Candid I’ve had a light bulb moment and I’m now hoping to share it with as many people as I can. At Christmas I decided I wanted to start painting again. I say “again” I’ve never painted really, but in my previous incarnation as a Primary Teacher I used to paint interesting images on the display boards (in the days before you could blow anything you wanted up on a computer!) and obviously I painted with my classes. I was always passionate about giving children the confidence to create and the fact that anyone can paint and create. It’s about putting a little bit of yourself on paper and we all have the ability to lose ourselves in the moment and let the paintbrush do the walking! So I treated myself to a canvas and I got the kids poster paints out and I painted (I didn’t want to invest in acrylics or watercolours because I thought it was a one off thing). I painted my canvas. It was no masterpiece but I LOVED doing it. I loved the fact my brain was quiet while I was doing it. I wasn’t thinking about the shopping or work, I was just painting (I frequently decorate for the same reason, different sort of painting but it has the same effect!). My canvas was quite primitive from a painting point of view but I loved it and it meant something to me. I shared it with a few friends and was amazed to see that they really liked it too.
I mentioned to my mother in law that I had really enjoyed the painting and she was so pleased that she arrived the following week with an amazing box easel filled with acrylic paints, brushes, palette, canvases and even a bendy man! That was it, I haven’t stopped painting since! I have done around 25 paintings so far and even painted the front of a second hand cupboard I bought to put my painting things in! I LOVE it! I am slowly finding “my style” but I have also learned that because of my healing and empathic skills I can tune into other people’s needs and paint pieces specifically for them. I’m not sure whether I tune into their energy or I am guided my spirit, I suspect it is a mixture of the two, but I have had some amazing results and people really seem to resonate with my art. I have recently opened a Zazzle shop selling t-shirts, bags, iphone cases etc with my “Heart Art” paintings printed on them and they are selling like hot cakes! I never dreamt that something that started as a whim would lead to such a rewarding branch of my company. I am by no means an artist, and I often look and wonder what on earth I have painted, but the person I have done the painting for understands exactly what it is and it has the most incredible significance for them!
I love painting with my children because there is a freedom about a child’s creativity which we as adults, with our judgemental heads on, lose and it takes a lot to get that back. I now encourage all my students to get arty, whether it is drawing, painting, modelling, whatever you enjoy, create and create freely without caring whether anyone else likes it, understands it, or thinks it has technical merit. Just relax and enjoy the process, you will be amazed what you can create!
I have known Kate for many years and she is an amazing person. She has posted for me before, on a very different subject which can be found here. Thank you for agreeing to guest write again Kate!
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