Thursday, January 5, 2012

Word for 2012

If you follow some of the same artsy blogs I do, you probably read a blog post like this one already. There seems to be this trend going...people choosing their word for the year. So I decided to jump in.

I thought long and hard about this...not so simple to come up with ONE word to define your goals for the whole year, your hopes and dreams, your resolutions, your vision of how to get closer to the life you want for yourself. But I did it.

I have been known to - especially if you ask my dear hubby - get really excited about an idea, make plans, talk about it non-stop, get prepared and then...just drop it. Like it never happened. Like it was the most crazy idea ever. The last and most outrageous example was cake decorating.

my daughter's 2nd birthday

When my daughter was turning 2 I decided to make and decorate the cake myself. I had NEVER done that before, but for some reason I just assumed I would do a good job, and I had the idea for the cake already, so I did it. And I loved the result!

Long story short, I got so excited about it that a month later I had 2 "partners" and we had made cakes for all of our friends' kids birthdays. I was buying supplies, testing recipes, deciding on a name for our business and registering domain names.

some of the cakes we decorated

A month after that, one of my partner friends had basically dropped out (she wasn't really into it, plus she had a full time job), the other one was talking about going back to school to be a nurse, and I was frustrated with several failed cake recipes. Suddenly, I was like "Cake? Really?" And that was that. The "business" was over before it even had a name. Looking back, I still don't know what I was thinking...

But it is different with painting. It's self-expression, it's freedom, it's liberating... It's truly a passion. So I want to see it through. I want to see where it goes.

So my word for 2012 is PERSEVERANCE.

According to the dictionary, perseverance is steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. That is exactly it! This year I want to be able to look past the problems - the eventual lost of mojo to paint, the low sales period, the lack of time to make art - and persevere, hang in there. That way I'll know, whether or not I become a full time artist, that I gave it my best shot.

PS: one of my cake partners actually stuck by the idea (well, sort of). She is now selling Brazilian Truffles. She finally decided on a name - SUGARTRIX - and I truly hope she perseveres as well.


  1. Great word! I look forward to following you over the course of the year to see how it goes.

  2. Hope you'll join us for the fly tribe blog hop, Joana! Good word, perseverance.

  3. Your cakes were a true work of art, so you really didn't give up on anything ~ you just changed the media!!! Beautiful post, gorgeous cakes, amazing paintings ~ always awesome Joana!!! ;)

  4. funny how your word perseverance is so appropriate tonight as i read this. I have been discouraged with various paintings i'm working on at the moment,could be the support, could be the technique, but i have decided that perseverance is really the key too.

  5. Also one of my words. I have actually combined three words as a reminder to myself..Practice...Patience...Perseverance.
    I need 'em all!

  6. Great word! I often speak, lecture, share my experience as I have long term recovery and its what we do. I sad to a friend of mine once after a rather long talk "No one ever laughs. I want to be the guy with the funny story not the tradgic story" He replied "Honey your story is about perserverance. It is what makes you strong, You wouldnt look good funny" So remember It's what you do anyway, inspite of, and because. It a Nike commercial Just do it. If I can do it no matter what so can you. Paint and just keep painting. Fly! Spread your wings and fly!!!