I haven't mentioned it before but I have some very exciting things happening in 2014, so exciting. Amongst the chaos of setting up for the twilight market I received news that I had been given a job (a full time job!) at a local private school teaching photography and digital design... EEEKKKK. Finally all my hard work is paying off.

I had gone to the interview that morning (putting my market setting up time behind) and when I was given the news I needed a little time to recover (putting the rest of the market timing out)...totally worth it). I couldn't process the information and, quite possibly, I still haven't. 

My sleep is restless and my dreaming is out of control. I actually can't wait to begin. I realised that during the entire interview I never mentioned my studio photography work once...not ONCE! I guess the lovely people being my personal cheer squad at the school had gotten me over the line, or perhaps finally my resume spoke for itself. Whatever it was I am well and truly grateful to have this opportunity to show what I can do AND get paid for it. Oh my... a regular pay packet....my mind is blown.

I had already started to make plans to wind back my other "work" in preparation for proper work in 2014. I am pleased to say that I found two lovely managers to agree to run the Made With Love Market Bazaar for a years contract. They are full of fresh ideas and enough bounce to re-invigorate the market once more.

It seems things are falling into place for the first time. After an awful start to 2013 I am looking forward to 2014 with so much happiness. I feel that I am finally surrounding myself with the good people and finding those that care as much about me as I do about them. I have learned so much about human nature, honesty, genuine friendship that I will never endanger my own personal happiness for anything less in the future. I will demand that people are accountable for their actions, I will view the lies, drama and manipulations from a distance from now on. There will be forgiveness but only if actions are acknowledged. I believe it was the wise Oprah that once stated, "when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time".

Perhaps this is a part of growing up, lessons that needed to be learned, lessons that should have been learned years ago but I was too gullible to receive.

My life is not perfect - I am not trying to pretend it is - but at the moment it is indeed good - and isn't that a great thing. Happy 2014 peeps.

*Portraits taken by me of my little girl that is growing up way too fast*

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.