The year is almost over. I’d reflect on all that happened in 2021, but the truth is I barely know what day it is. Time has moved like a tumbleweed, delicately standing still for long stretches unhindered, then suddenly whisked away with the lightest breeze.
There have been many things to celebrate: various commissions, a new book, a class, a wonderful open studio event. And there are many exciting things to come.
But first, the critical task of making space.
What needs to go in order to make room for what’s to come? What is no longer serving you? What needs to be thanked for its service, Marie Kondo-style, and released back into the world for someone else to cherish?
They say letting go is the hardest part. I always thought that referred to a partner, a relationship. The older I grow, the more I realize how much it encompasses: the art materials you keep around just in case, the ideas that no longer inspire you, the box of things you never got to – and never will. It’s all filling the table, the shelves, the closet where your dreams want to live.
In the weeks ahead, you’ll do difficult work of making decisions and setting direction for the year ahead. But today, I encourage you to let go of one thing – physical or emotional – that is no longer serving you. And before another piece of clutter settles into its familiar place, sit with the emptiness. Breathe in the sense of hope and possibility – and yes, uncertainty – of what’s to come.