Friday, January 3, 2014


©2013 Dianne Poinski
First sunrise of 2014

A funny thing happened this week......I discovered that I wasn't ready for 2013 to end. It was a good year for me. Usually I am big on saying good bye and moving on to a blank slate, but not this time.............

Some of the highlights of the past year included traveling more than I have in a long time. New York City, the pacific northwest, a couple of visits to southern California, and of course, Ireland.

This past year was also a great one for business. I began the year with a very nice commission for a local health care facility, saw my work featured in a national magazine and was thrilled to see my images on cards in some well known stores. In addition I revamped and relaunched

So here I am with a brand new year in front of me and I will be honest, I am a little scared. 

A couple of months ago I wrote about the decision I made to not schedule any workshops this year so I could focus on my licensing work. Since then I have had more than one person question the financial wisdom of that decision. Believe me, I have asked myself the same question, but I think a break will be good for me and I never want "making money" to be the main reason for doing workshops.

Second, there are indicators that the licensing market has become overly saturated and many companies have begun using "in house" artists to create the images they need. I also do not have any big corporate art projects looming on the horizon.

In past years you would have found me on January 1st with pages of "business plans" with goals and objectives listed in order of importance.  Not this year.......... I do know what I want to work on, but more important, I am getting clear about "how" I want to work.

If you are a frequent visitor to the "blogosphere", you have probably read about choosing a "word" for the year instead of making resolutions or goals. This resonates with me on many levels. I love the idea of choosing a way to feel or be in the world as opposed to picking an action that may or may not be sustainable.

Given the circumstance I find myself in as the new year begins, it was easy to choose trust as my "word" of the year.

It is my intention and deep desire to slow down and just "be" this year and it seems like the stars are aligning to make that happen. 

I found this quote which pretty much sums up what I would like "my word" to represent: 

“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you're going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.” 

While I don't feel like I am "flying aimlessly", I do feel like I need to simply do the work in front of me and then let go of the outcome. Trust that it will work out the way it is suppose to and be open to opportunities and surprises as they make themselves known. 

I guess my job is to train myself to love the "not knowing".

Stay tuned...............

If you chose a "word" this year, I would love to hear about it!


  1. "Trust" is a powerful word, opening one to vulnerability… I think this is a good thing, it goes hand in hand with the word I chose for the year "courage." May this year unfold with wonder and blessings for you Dianne.

    1. Thank you so much Laura and I think you are takes "courage" to "trust". Courage is a great "word" as well and I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Keep me posted and best wishes to you for an amazing 2014!

  2. Dianne,

    I read your post right after I'd written my own "one word" post...& think that trust, faith (my chosen word) and courage, (Laura's) provide a kind of internal guide--a framework that can be depnded upon and utilized in just about any situation in order to determine the way forward. May this New Year be filled with the joy of creation!

    1. Thank you Hannah! I love how you tied all three of our words together and you are right, they do represent a guiding light of sorts and way to be in the world. Happy New Year!