It's a shiny, bright year!

I am very honored to announce that this humble personal blog has made it into the Top 100 Kidspot Voices of 2014 program. My blog found its way into the top 30 of the Personal and Parenting section.

This is a great privilege and it's made even greater that I am surrounded by many blogs on there that I have followed and looked up to. If I don't make it any further I will be happy that I have come this far knowing what stiff competition I am up against. I am very grateful for this opportunity and for the people that read and support my blog, my making and myself as a person. Much love to you people out there xxx much, much love.

I feel that this is acknowledgment, of sort, about the evolution of this space and my own personal growth. I love how I have developed and changed, I am not doubting for a second that I can still continue to grow and have successes and failures along the way. It's all part of the process and I wish to never stop learning and getting better at the things that I love.

This year my hard working ways of the past have paid off in many ways:
+My continual, and seeming never ending study paid off in my employment in a great school teaching the visual arts and I was so blessed to be in the right place at the right time. 
+The cleansing of bad influences has created a head space that I have never felt before. I feel strong enough to be who I am as a person and to be able to look forward into a future of raising my second child without all the negative factors I endured before.
+I have successfully handed over the Art Centre and now my market with both continuing on without my constant management.
+I am confident enough in myself to create, make and explore without even giving up any head space to what others may think about it, or how I might accidentally offend them in some way.

There is no tight rope balancing act any longer. I have crossed to the other side and I am happy at this time and space.

I will be happier when I am not a pregnant person and I can get on with life without tiredness and heartburn. To be able to create, and learn and grow but this time FOR ME and not for study requirements or outside factors.
The time I will spend at home with my second baby will be happy, constructive and lazy. It will be a life without guilt, for time to spend in anyway I want and I cannot wait.

Image  from The Photo School

A benefit of working is being able to say 'yes' to things that I could not have been able to afford before. I have been able to say 'yes' to attending The Photo Schools photography workshop at the Apple Shed in the Huon Valley. I am going with my good friend Naomi of Look See and it feels so totally self indulgent to be spending a girls weekend away learning to take better photographs and hanging out in that amazing location just because we want to.

It is indeed one of those years that everything seems to 'just work'. I really hope there are others out there that are experiencing the same.

It is a bright - happy - shiny year... and I am grateful.

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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.