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Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Years Eve. It’s almost 2013! Time to release the new calendar girls!

January has a certain confidence in her stride, doesn’t she? Ready to tackle a blank slate full of possibilities. I hope to channel this sketch’s energy as I prepare for the clock to hit 12.

Right now I’m feeling overwhelmed and a little bit more like a sketch that has just run a marathon and is standing, hands on knees, trying to catch my breath… not that I’ve ever sketched anyone like that… my girls are always poised.

2012 was a year for the record books for me and my little business. I literally could cry with joy just thinking about how far I’ve come and about how much love and support and enthusiasm I’ve encountered this year. I really couldn’t be prouder of the milestones of the past year. But with all this accomplishment comes a lot of exhaustion. So, as happy as I am looking back, when I look forward I feel ready to take a nap. Is it really time to start over again, striving to get bigger and better? Is this even possible?

My New Years Resolution is more of a new years wish. So, as I sit in my studio this December 31st, watching the fading light on the Empire State building, I plan to wish on the new years ball that is waiting to drop tonight, glittering into a sea of tourists just a few blocks north, for the courage to continue to grow in this brand new year.

I’m not setting any hard and fast goals tonight. No yoga challenges or flossing regimes or sugar denials here. I’m just feeling grateful and making a wish and letting the clock turn. I have a feeling things will work out with this positive attitude. How zen am I?

Cheers to 2013 and to finding new creativity in the year ahead! Go put on your Furry hats and stride into the future like January here, this year is our oyster!

7 Responses to “Happy New Year 2013”

  • Inslee,
    I’m not sure you know how truly inspiring you are. Seeing you succeed has encouraged me to follow my dreams. You don’t need to depend on wishes everything you have you have earned through so much hard work and determination. You will only do more amazing things in 2013. Happy New Year!! xoxo Kaitlyn

    PS- I was on the fence about packing my fur hat for my big move to the East Coast. It is now in my suit case. :)

  • hear! hear! congrats on the best year yet with more to come! happy new year, inslee! p.s. you’re such a great writer! love reading your posts!

  • Inslee, this is my first year trying both painting and blogging and one of the most inspiring things for me this year was when I came across your blog and thought “how I would love to draw and paint like that!” I pulled my mom aside and we looked eagerly through dozens of your sketches. I’m so glad I discovered you in 2012. I hope you enjoy continued success with your brand!

    • Happy New Year! I’m so excited for you little business because it will only get bigger and bigger. I love seeing all your projects=0)


  • I’m just now writing a comment on one of your amazing entries, but I must say that I’ve adored your sketches ever since I stumbled on your website. :D I love your work and I only hope that one day you could make a header for my site too. Or make a sketch of me at least :) )

    Your blog actually inspired me to create my own. Best wishes to you this year!

    Dani :)

  • Inslee, you are a true beauty! I am so fortunate that you created my skethch. I will love it forever. Thank you. May you sparkle even brighter in 2013!

  • Nancy Bennett says: January 5, 2013 at 3:14 am

    My most favorite!!

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