On this Eve of the New Year, rather than making a list of resolutions that are so easily made and easier to break, I decided to make a 'I want...' list. Like all the little stars that link together and ultimately create the Milky-Way, my heart felt 'intentions' are my dreams and desires, woven together like a tapestry to create what I hope will be a happy and full-filling life.
What I want...
I want to never take life for granted and tell my husband and daughter that I love them unconditionally every day.
I want to be grateful each and every day.
I want to appreciate my family and relatives and love them for who they are.
I want to be a more conscious consumer, buying local, hand-made, or vintage/antique and only things that I really need and love.
I want to embody 'FairyTale' style.
I want more Romance - every day.
I want to see genuine 'knock my socks off' beauty each and every day.
I want to remember better, and not feel guilty for letting things slip by.
I want not to feel guilty.
I want to have more candlelight, actually every night, in more places in my house.
I want to listen to glorious music, and hear more bird songs.
I want to slow down, breathe deep with my lungs and pay attention to the seasons changing.
I want to appreciate more details and savor more small moments in life.
I want to be productive, and create beautiful art every day.
I want to read wonderful books that inspire and delight, and pass them on when I've finished them.
I want to lose 15 pounds, while eating good healthy food.
I want to exercise and walk the dog more.
I want to inspire my students to create beautiful art and live a life of abundant joy.
I want to teach all over the world.
I want to grow with the 'Castle' and be a better teacher.
I want to be a really good friend.
I want to have lots of artist friends close by that I can laugh, play, eat, dance and create with.
I want my home to be a refuge of beauty and grace, a place to gather, create and dream.
I want to travel, re-live my gypsy childhood and be with those who are so far away but inspire me daily.
I want to play my harp, really well, and not let it sit in the corner any more.
I want a kitchen that welcomes, and acts as the 'heart of the house', where good food is made and laughter shared.
I want financial abundance.
I want a studio space that is inviting and easy to use, with outside plumbing and computer connections.
I want a house with beautiful curb appeal, and enough wall space to hang and display all my art and collections.
I want to be healthy and grow older gently with grace.
I want my garden to be beautiful and a haven for natures little creatures.
I want to be around small children more often.
I want to sleep well and wake up refreshed.
I want to be HAPPY.
(Santos photographed last year at 'Tail Of The Yak' in Berkeley)
BLESSINGS TO ALL OF YOU FOR THE NEW YEAR!