Wow. Can it be true?? I was trying to get a close up of the gray hair that has been sprouting it's ugly head for more than a couple of years, when I took this pic...but other than the gray hair and the fact that I about throw my shoulder out answering the phone and have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning-I barely feel like I'm almost 40 (December 13th to be exact)! I still feel like I'm 35, not 40.
It's been a really good year, thank you 39. I appreciate you being kind to me. I think I deserve a few more good years. No pressure though. Just if you want to be good to me again this year...I'd be really....
Yes, that describes how I feel about how this year went. I've found a great community within my hometown, finally. I've made such headway with my artistic endeavors, it's unbelievable. My Etsy shop has really taken off, my artwork has taken on a new direction and my body of work really shows a great theme with my 'In the Village" collection of all the places I've lived and loved--I've put myself out there in bricks and mortar shops locally and in nearby areas.......my first publication, and a new group founded in my community that's helping direct the 'bizness' side of art, several art shows this fall including a feature at the Fayetteville Museum of Art....not to mention my online group of supporters and friends...so much to be grateful for.
My family has been unbelievably supportive, I don't want to forget them either.....from my lil man who loves to brag on what Momma does, to MY Momma who brings my stuff I send her into work to brag on me too...how funny...40 years old and she still sends things to Momma to hang on the fridge! I have a great support system from NY to Florida and every place in between with my core family who is very involved in my new aspiration. Thank you...thank you for your support.
Day job wise--this year was a good year for me, too....I have done some out of the branch projects (Florida in February..poor me ;), mentoring of new employees, I've managed two branches simultaneously, received several awards for being a leading manager for 4 months in row for NC, I was promoted to Assistant Vice President, and took on other various leadership projects such as hiring and interviewing for our new branch that will be opening in February. Lots of great opportunities.
(((new project I'm working on titled--"North Beagle" more about that this week)))
I also achieved a lot of the goals I set out to do at the beginning of the year. I really think I was able to do so because I made a list monthly of goals I wanted to acheive--not year long goals, but monthly goes that were achievable and I tried my best to stick to them. I'm going to continue to do that in my 40th year and hopefully I will continue to rise above my own self. I'm not competing with anyone but myself. I have to remember that. I just simply want to improve on the old Jodi. Ahem. I mean the young looking old Jodi. LOL
In celebration of my 40th birthday---I'm going to host a giveaway for all my blog readers and friends. I don't really have time to make anything new--but I am going to offer a $40 dollar shopping spree in my ETSY shop---you can pick out whatever you want and I will apply a 40 dollar discount to your order!!!
Now--if there is something you want special--I can do that, too--but it will take me a few weeks to get some new work done because I'm working on several new pieces for a new gallery that I'm hoping to show in January and have to complete those first--BUT...I don't mind taking on a custom order after that.
What will 40 dollars get you? I have magnets, prints, collages, paintings, ACEO's and more. AND, I am going to list a few more items before Christmas, so who knows what else I will find.
How to enter??
Leave a comment and tell me what one thing you want to achieve in 2009 to make yourself or your life better. What is it that you want to soar to? What do you aspire to do in 2009?
If your posting doesn't link back to a blog or website where I can get your email, please leave your email in your post :)
Giveaway ends at just before midnight on December 13th.
Thank you everyone for making my 39th year so special. I've been able to achieve much more because of all the support I've received from so many!
Here's to a great 2009 for us all!