Hello, 2015!

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I don’t know about you, but I am thankful for the start of a new year. Not that 2014 was all bad, but it was a challenging year for me… make that two years.

We transferred to Seattle exactly two years ago this month. Honestly, it has been the hardest transition for me. During that first week, I doodled this little drawing on a coaster at our hotel. I found it a couple weeks ago, and it has brought me such comfort as I reflect over the good times and more challenging moments I have faced. Growth takes time. Truly.

We have had some amazing adventures here in the Pacific Northwest. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve had the privilege to live, but I also find myself in these deep, dark holes of depression that I can’t shake. Those moments suck the life out of me and stand in the way of everything. Super frustrating! This Debbie Downer takes over my mind. I dislike that girl. She is not me. Debbie has to go because the creative, joyful, vibrant woman I know that I am is desperate to be present here… now!

The seasons of life are a blessing. We learn from them. We grow from them. We are better for walking through darkness. We are more joyful and appreciative of the light. We adore spring because we have endured the winter season. What appears as a time of death is, in fact, a crucial time of growth that we must embrace if we hope to move forward. For me, the past two years seem to have been that season. A season for which I have not always been grateful for, but a season that was needed for roots to grow stronger. And, one I’m still learning from as I move into this new year.

This next season is the beginning of something incredible. I feel it in my bones! My skin is tingly with anticipation. I can’t help but smile for the potential ahead. This is my year. This is my spring. This is my time to blossom and bloom!

May you find joy and gratitude in whatever season this is for you. If it’s winter, just know that it’s not forever. The sun will shine again. The snow will melt. There is joy ahead! You are stronger already than you were yesterday. And, you are not alone.

xoxo Whitney

Welcome to my dream.

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Today marks Day 1 of seeing a BIG dream become a reality. I’ve been blogging off and on since 2008, but life has maintained a pace of “crazy”  over the years. Since I first started blogging, we’ve lived in 4 states, 7 different apartments/homes all over the US… Honolulu, Maryland, San Diego and now Seattle, Washington. Not to mention, frequent travel by car and plane several times a year to see family and friends all over the country, setting up and tearing down of living spaces over and over, major surgeries and just plain intense life experiences.

Fast forward to 2014, I find myself looking back with regret (and guilt!) at not maintaining my creative blogging for my personal benefit. I love to look back and see my life as I’ve chronicled it through the months and years. Sort of a digital visual journal of all my creative ventures, silly projects, wonderful travels, good eats, etc. Of course, I still have that in the form of the thousands of photos I’ve taken regardless of blogging, but there is a certain joy in scrolling through the highlights of your life in blog/journal form. To see those moments, creations, travels and memories that truly meant the most to you, that you treasured enough to share with the world… that’s special.

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But, as someone who is far too hard on herself constantly, I will not feel regret or guilt, but I will simply start again. Isn’t that the beauty of a new day? Every morning, we humans have the chance to begin again. We get to slough off yesterday and open our eyes to 24 hours of possibility, happiness, joy, newness and freshness. We get to make it the very best day we can!

Today is a good day. Today is when I begin again. Today is when my dreams reboot. Today is when I open my life, my heart and my creative soul to you. Today.

(Original Watercolor/Micron Pen Illustration by Whitney Angel pictured above.)