Letting GO for a Fresh Start in 2021

Could we say this was the year of things not going according to plan? Definitely! Wow has it been crazy. This year has sure been difficult and has thrown all of us some major curve balls. We could all say this has been the hardest year we’ve lived through yet.  It’s been full of so many failed plans and disappointments.  Oh those best laid plans!  

I’m reminded of the quote by Henry David Thoreau, “Be grateful for every hour, and accept what it brings.” 

A photo of an original oil painting on linen of a floral still life painting of yellow orchids in a southwestern pot by Kelli Folsom.

Gosh that’s hard. Some of us have lost loved ones. Some have suffered great illnesses or financial losses. Some have lost their way of living, their work. It’s hard to accept that.

Something as simple as throwing out my lower back on the morning of Christmas Eve was so frustrating. I didn’t want to be in pain at Christmas or have sleepless nights. But that’s what happened. Some of that I brought on myself by sitting at the computer too long and not getting my regular exercise outdoors since winter’s come on. Needless to say, it was aggravating. But once the pain started to subside (after days of yoga, ice packs, and rest) I felt a huge surge of gratitude come over me.  Going through the pain and coming out the other side made me feel so grateful to have the gift of life and my body. ( And I’m getting a stand up desk- silly girl). Pain, loss, and difficult experiences can wash our souls and give us fresh perspective. It’s a mystery to me how that happens. 

So as we approach this new year, 2021, I pray that all us can experience a kind of rebirth. My hope is that we can let go of what’s no longer serving us. That we can start fresh and new. 

This is the perfect time of year to contemplate and review the past year. I like to take stock of all the good and the bad things that happened. I include the progress, the failures, the pain, the healing, the resentments, the love, the frustrations, and the joy that took place. It’s a good time to let go of any resentments, pain, regrets, baggage. It’s the stuff I like to call heart and mind clutter. 

So let’s do whatever it takes to let that shit go! 

Because even though some of our plans didn’t work out this year (and I know many of us are nervous about next year too) it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t make those best laid plans! If we give up on making our plans, we give up on our purpose. We have to strive forward. We have to have something to look forward to.  And if those best laid plans go awry in 2021 we know that this too will pass. I hope you make your 2021 plans with absolute hope, optimism, and boldness. And at the same time taking into account that we’ll still face difficulties. But we can’t resign ourselves. We must stir up our hope.

I’m looking forward to what 2021 will bring. I’m planning on showing up the best way I can and serving you. I’m planning to bring the joy, bring the hope, and bring the love. 

I want to thank you all for your support of my art and my teaching. It’s been such a pleasure to serve you this year. Thank you for helping me to fulfill my purpose on this earth by collecting my work and taking my classes. 

In a final effort to let go and to thank you for your support. I want to give everyone a chance to have a Fresh Start with New Art this New Years! So I’ll be having a 70% off selected paintings sale starting tonight at midnight. Also, selected sketches will only be $100! 

P.S. I’ll also be doing a New Years Giveaway for a free original oil painting (8×10 sketch or under) on January 5th. All you have to do for a chance to win is join my free Collector’s Circle list here: http://eepurl.com/dpg-_9

A photo of an original oil painting on panel of a floral still life painting of an ivory rose cascade by Kelli Folsom
Golden Aspens, Oil on Linen

Love in Light, Kelli

4 thoughts on “Letting GO for a Fresh Start in 2021

  1. Thank you so much Jane! Wow it was a doozy of a year. I’m so happy I could be of service. You guys keep me going as well in VITAL Art Sessions. Mutual love all around. Happy New Year!

  2. You’re so welcome Sue! It’s my honor to be a part of your artistic journey. I’m so sorry to hear about your grief and back problems. Ouch. That really takes a toll! We’re still standing- ha ha- literally. I’m wishing you much creativity and success in 2021!

  3. I respect and and am awakened by your comments as well as your art! I also have had a very hard year. I lost my husband of many many years in February. I have not painted for the last few months. I also had a flair up of back problems. I have previously had 3 back surgeries. I have started doing my exercises and stretches to calm things down. I have not sat down in years. I always paint standing up. I intend to start painting again on January 1st.
    Thank you for being such an inspiration to me!

  4. You have made this year wonderful for us. I’m thanking you for all your hard work. You keep us uplifted and alive by painting. 2021 will be even better. We love you Kelli😊

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