Another year has come and gone. 2014 was a very challenging year for me, one of the hardest in many ways.
Since the year began I started having lots of health issues, one after another. My feet hurt, my head head hurt with no reason, my eyes failed me and my heart started doing strange things. I spent a good deal of the year going to different specialists who were trying to see what was going on with my body.
I turned out that I had a foot fracture that was not treated correctly and I had consequences. Migraines came back for no particular reason, but I've had them for a long time so it's not new, but still they hurt. My eyes are going to need new glasses with a very different prescription because my eyesight worsened and I discovered that I have a slight heart condition since birth.
My kids also had their own scares with my son being so active that we ended up in the emergency room several times because of his antics and my daughter with an adverse reaction to medication that made her end up inside an MRI machine for an urgent checkup after her hands started shaking and trembling with no reason. My father also got a heart condition that has required him to travel to Mexico city to see a specialist and have several procedures gone to fix him.
Being sick all the time made me very tired, so I basically disappeared from the art scene the whole year, making new paintings and dolls just occasionally and really not being as active and creative as I am used to be, and being a starving artist, not creating new pieces had a huge impact in our finances.
As you can see, it has been a very, very tough year, and I am not someone who likes to open up too much to everything that happens in my life unless it's something positive and worth sharing, so this may be the first time you hear about them.
This morning I was in bed with Mr. Fox talking about the year and we definitively agreed that this has probably been our worst. year. ever. And then we realized that even tough this has been a very difficult year, we still have a lot to be grateful for, and that it wasn't as bad as it seems.
We are still here, and our problems will solve. My health is improving and nothing was critical or life threatening, my kids are fine after all and the visits to the ER were because of very active and mischievous children that can run and jump as much as they like. My daughter's issues were temporary and after we switched medication everything was fine, and my dad is looking and feeling much better now.
We were able to move to a new house and slowly adapting to it and making it our home. There's still a lot to do but we are getting there., and right now I am typing this message in a warm and cozy chair while it's very cold outside, so I am very grateful to have a place to live, warm food and a soft bed where to sleep.
I was able to travel to a wonderful workshop in Oregon with Terri Brush and met wonderful people there.
And then it's you. Even tough I disappeared from the scene, you kept on supporting my art with every art print and piece of jewelry you bought, every class you signed for and every comment you left on my Facebook and Instagram posts. I am very grateful for you support during my rough times, it really has meant a lot to me.
Now that 2014 is almost over, I look back and I am thankful for everything that has happened, the good and the bad. It gave me a different perspective on life and now I am looking forward to getting back to feeling better, creating more and having a wonderful time during 2015.
May all the love you sent me during 2014 multiply a hundred times, and here's to hoping that 2015 is an amazing year for you, and for me.