What I knew:
You know how you just know? I knew heading in to 2014 that it was going to be a big year. I didn’t know in what way. I knew we would work hard and play hard. I knew we’d visit family in Oregon and that we’d be home in Vermont for Christmas. I knew I’d have some kind of extraordinary experience that would change and grow my art process. I knew because that’s what I decided in late December 2013. I knew Leo was would start middle school and that we’d find a way for him to play soccer all year. I knew we’d probably finish work on the house. I knew we’d spend time with extraordinary people who care for each other and the planet. I knew because that’s what I decided late in 2013.
I’m not a big planner. My goal in the last 5 years has been to learn to plan better for my life and my business. I’m getting better at it. We all know how habits are formed. At this point it’s fair to say I have rough goals. My plan is to sharpen the view a bit this year; I’m going to try to get a little more detailed.
What I didn’t know:
I didn’t know I’d find myself in rural Maine with a group of incredible people who were seeking the same thing I was: to dig deeper within themselves, to strike an unknown place they could explore and dwell, for a time, in amazement. What a thing to have been part of this adventure. I live in a new kind of ecstacy (and sometimes agony) in this newly-discovered room in my soul. 2015 will be somewhat about translation for me. I have no idea what’s going to come out of this room. It’s a good thing I have a miner’s heart.
I didn’t know I’d start a life in retail. Holy smokes. My only goal when I returned from Maine was to attempt to share the amazing experience I’d had. The pop-up shop happened because one inquiry turned in to two and so on.. It really is about the first step. I highly recommend taking it. I also recommend living in a community where people value the work their neighbors are doing. I’m stunned by the support for the shop. I’ve known for a long time that I love making pots, but I now know I love making pots for my neighbors and my community. Thank you all so much for thinking about how using something made with passion and a respect for the power of beauty can enrich our lives.
I didn’t know how fortunate I am to have to good friends and neighbors. I thought I did but I didn’t. The people I know are solid gold. I don’t know what I’d do without them. I don’t want to know. Thank you.
Something else I didn’t know: I didn’t know I’d be surprised again by the Love of my family. Never has this been more apparent than when, after my return from Maine during what seemed like one huge celebration after another, I had a cancer scare. “It’s benign” are the words that everyone prays to hear. I am aware now, more than ever, that not everyone hears those words. I heard them. I hear them. I pray them for those who are waiting. I am humbled, grateful and once again, in Love with the world. I am awed by the power of my family’s collective energy To Love. And, once again, I am surprised by the Love and support of my husband. Wow. These have been our goals these recent years. We are meeting them. We are a prayer.
Thank you, 2014, for these lessons. Thank you for the mysteries great and small.
Hello, 2015. Here’s to what we don’t know.