Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Year, New Look, New Post, New Me...

A Year of Transitions and New Beginnings 

I am looking forward to a New Year filled with possibilities and new beginnings.  I'm also looking forward to putting 2015 behind me, I have to say it's been an interesting year that's for sure, not one I'd like to repeat anytime soon... I can't even begin to count the many friends, loved-ones of my friends, and family members who were affected in one way or another with life altering events this past year. It proved to be challenging physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually... I felt so bad for everyone around me that it took its toll on my body and life... I was spiraling down a dark hole and couldn't see my way out... I had to constantly remind myself to count each of my blessings... that loss is a part of our life, and instead of mourning their departure, I needed to celebrate their life.
I couldn't take any more loved ones dying, friends being deathly ill or tragic events in our world. Being bombarded from all angles was too much… It all played a huge part in my heaviness and downward internal spiral... On the outside I maintained, but on the inside I was crumbling. Everything I had planned on doing fell behind... I did what I needed to to survive.

Up until September I had been doing my 365 days of art challenge... I was keeping up and marching through most of the heart ache. Then one of my best friends from back-home in Alaska passed away out of the blue dying in her sleep. She and I were close in age, so her dying really effected every aspect of my life.  I didn't find out until the funeral had taken place. I was shattered. So many things I wished I had told her. So many stories that were left hanging, feeling guilty for not being there for her through the end. Everything compiled on each other...  I couldn't breathe or stop crying... I hit my wall!  I needed a break... break from my every day, a break to help heal my broken heart, nothing seemed important...  I couldn't paint one more picture. I let me 365 day challenge go to the wayside in the middle of September. Even though I felt like I had no art left in my,  my body wouldn't allow stopping all together. Painting is a drive from deep within, I just had to switch my medium in order to get my mojo back. I needed to feel grounded so I went to my rocks. I painted my first rock in months in her memory...

Pat Magnusson you are forever loved and cherished.

Most of you who know me know I have a huge rock collection from all over the world... From each place I've visited since I was a little girl. Gifts given to me by my traveling friends.  I have boxes and boxes we have carried with us from our move from Minnesota to Alaska, Alaska to Hawaii, Hawaii to Washington... I've carried a lot of rocks over my shoulders these past 52 years, so has my husband even though he's not as thrilled about it as I am. Thank God he loves me, I don't know too many others who would have done so gracefully without complaint. 
In every home we've lived I've surrounded our home with rocks... from river rock, to huge boulders...  I can't explain my fascination with rock of all origins... I just love each and every one of them. They bring me comfort and have a calming effect on my entire body. Holding them in both hands, feeling their energy, relying on their strength...  it's no wonder why I went to my rocks for comfort and grounding. Not only do I collect them, I have started to paint on them in the last couple years. Living in the Pacific Northwest on the Olympic Peninsula in the Puget Sound... Rocks are in abundance, especially the nice big smooth rocks that easily take pen, marker, and paints. Not only do I find comfort in them, I add the beauty of art combined with my love and energy... It makes for a very special and powerful tool... I call them my Earth Angel Rocks©

Each rock is hand selected from the beaches of the Pacific Northwest in Port Townsend Washington. They are cleaned, drawn, and then hand painted with love.  Each is unique in size, painting and design. All are a one-of-a-kind piece of history. Each tell their own story, grounding you to Mother Earth no matter where you are in this world. They are sealed with an acrylic sealer and are meant for indoor use as they are a piece of art. My hope is that my Earth Angel Rocks bring you a sense of peace, love, and healing energy as it does to me. 

For the past 4 months I have been painting in-between family, baking and holiday events... I can't believe I've managed to paint a rock a day building up a small collection soon to be listed in my Etsy store.  If you can't wait, I also have my Earth Angel Rocks in two local business here in Port Townsend... Soak On The Sound and The Swan Hotel. I'm hoping to add a couple more local places here in the near future. I'll keep you posted when I get new businesses on line. If you'd like to order a custom painted rock... you can send me an email at...  katasee[@]gmail.com (less the brackets) and we can discuss options and price. No job is too big or too small... I'm taking my passion for art and turning it into a small business to help make ends meet...

 There were several other good things about this past year that I am extremely grateful for... My Children came to visit with our new granddaughter last spring. Getting to know your granddaughter is like a gift from heaven... We love our little munchkin, she truly is a gift from the stars above!!! 
My youngest son moved back home this past summer to help his parents out and to save some money and continue his education... We are so grateful to have him and his girlfriend around. She has become a part of our family near and dear, I don't know what we would have done without all their daily love, inspiration and help throughout the year. 

Our oldest son and his fiancé moved from Dallas to Port Townsend the same week my girlfriend of 30 years died unexpectedly.  Having them here living with us for a month while they got settled into their new place was a huge blessing... it had been 17 years since my son went out on his own and moved to Minnesota. Getting to know him now as a man warmed our hearts.  Seeing what an amazing kind, giving, gentle, loving, hardworking man he's grown into has made us both so proud of our son.  Having him here for the holidays, and celebrating his 35th birthday was truly a gift unlike any other... Having them here is what kept me sane and moving forward.  My future daughter is a mover and shaker... she is instrumental in getting me to start selling my rocks again... she inspires me with her love and energy daily.

After hitting my wall in September, my sister came for a visit in the beginning of November, another huge blessing! It had been 12 years since we last seen each other...Way too long, that will never happen again!!! We had such an amazing week going through pictures, sightseeing in Seattle, going to the beach even though it was cold, laughing, giggling, and staying up to all hours of the night... We has so much fun, I didn't want her to leave...  Every day I thank my lucky stars for having such an amazing sister.  Thank God for the phone, face-time, and Facebook, it lessens the miles between us. I can't wait to see her again in April for my nephews wedding. I love you my sister!

Thanksgiving we were blessed with a visit from our future in-laws... My son's fiancés dad and step-mom came for a visit... we loved getting to know them and celebrating the holidays with them and my in-laws.  We were so grateful that most of our family were here... it was the first big Thanksgiving dinner I've cooked in 7 years... We did the whole spread in celebration for all being together.... Yet another blessing! I loved every minute of it... well, until I collapsed that night out of pure exhaustion... It was a good exhaustion though, It reminded me I need to get in better shape so I can cook for my loved ones and keep up with my granddaughter...

 December we were again blessed with the visit from our middle son and his wife and daughter, our one and only granddaughter... I never could have imagined anything better then grand kids. With our kids all grown, we kind of got out of the baby way of life. Having a little munchkin here for Christmas brought the magic back in our lives and home. We spent the holiday with our growing family... It was the first holiday in 30 years the entire Quam family were together in one place for a holiday, so of course we had to get pictures... Thank you to all our kids and their loves for making it happen. Getting everyone together at one time, in one place is no easy feat... but they pulled it off. It was a magical Christmas for Scott and I that we will never forget.  We can't wait for their next visit...

2015 has been a year of transition. I'm sure my family and friends share in the sentiment on saying good bye to a year filled with lesson after lesson good and bad, trials, tribulations, loss and heart ache. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't all bad. We had an equal amount of joy, love, laughter, passion and new adventures.   Counting our blessing and living life in gratitude even when life gets tough helps to maintain a balance... Everywhere we look, life is giving us gifts... seeing them, acknowledging them puts a whole new perspective on how we perceive every situation we are faced with... The good always seems to outweigh any negatives life throws at us if we choose to just open our eyes to the possibility. This past year has been an amazing journey into the light I so needed to brighten a darkened path by the loss of so many loved ones. I pray the New Year brings everyone some peace, love, laughter, hope, happy memories and new beginnings... From our home to yours may your new year be full of blessings!

1 comment:

  1. A heartfelt hug from me to you, (((Michele))). I'm so sorry that you dealt with so much sadness in 2015 even though there were good points too. I'm glad to see the end of 2015 too. As you know, my dear Dad passed away in April and my life changed quite dramatically since then. With the start of 2016, I'm feeling like I'm getting my life back. I wish you many blessings this year.

    What a beautiful family you have! Your Granddaughter is adorable! Like you, I cherish each and every moment I get to spend with my three Granddaughters. Grandchildren are such a wonderful blessing.

    Your rocks are amazing! I've always loved rocks too though I don't collect them, I do admire them and 'feel' them. I was delighted when my oldest Granddaughter developed a love of rocks too. She's just turned five.

    Anyway, wishing you and your family all the best for 2016! xx