Zenspirations® is my creative and spiritual journey, and this week marks a milestone: I have been sharing my journey with you in my blog every week for the past two years. In honor of this anniversary, I tried to take time to remember, reflect on, and appreciate where I have been, in hopes that it will give me a renewed sense of purpose as I embrace the path ahead. Naturally this reflection wound up in a piece of art!
Over the past year I have had a number of milestones; I’ve written several books, filmed a dozen or more video tutorials, created thousands of Zenspirations drawings and licensed my art for a variety of products– but what has touched my heart and brought me the most joy is being part of this amazing community of compassionate, creative people who share my passion for making a difference in the world.
As part of reflecting on the past year, I reread most of the blogs I posted, and wanted to share the August 4, 2015, one with you. I wrote “the new Zenspirations® Create, Color, Pattern, Play Facebook Group has had a LOT of activity in the past week. In two short weeks we have grown to more than 400 members, representing at least 10 different countries! This is a dream-come-true for me, because I’ve been longing for a community of people who are drawn to incorporate inspiration into their creative endeavors. I feel blessed to be collaborating with so many talented artists… thank you to everyone who has been sharing designs! I’d love to see this group become a forum where people can share their work, their hearts, and where we can support and inspire each other.”
Over the past nine months the FB group has grown to more than 3,000 from 50+ countries! We have 52 albums showcasing the incredible creativity of our members (well worth checking out if you are looking for some inspiration!). The FB group and regular blog followers form the core Zenspirations community, and together we have built something I feel is truly unique, meaningful and special. My dream, as I expressed it in August, has come true, and I feel incredibly honored to have had a role in creating a forum where we can educate and inspire each other both artistically and personally.
Although I haven’t met most of you (yet!), I feel a heart connection with you, and am celebrating am celebrating a year of mutual growth, as well as the possibility and promise of the road ahead.
Although I don’t post often (other than my blog), I try to read everything everyone posts, and feel blessed to have connected with so many kindred spirits. It makes me proud that our Zenspirations community is a supportive, caring and kind one, where we can share ideas and ideals. My deepest thanks to each of for sharing your art, and your hearts.
I’d like to do something special to celebrate the 2nd Zenspirations ‘Blog-iversary’, and thought I’d get your input on what kind of celebration you’d most enjoy. Here are a few ideas:
I’m open to suggestions of other things we could do to celebrate. Please leave a comment letting me know which idea(s) you like best; next week I’ll do the idea which gets the most votes.
In closing, I wanted to share a small piece I doodled recently, brought in to PhotoShop and experimented with. I used four words which are important to me: Hope, Create, Connect, Love… I hope this week’s blog inspires you to reach out in love and connect with someone who could create something special with a little encouragement.
Thanks for all you do to make a difference in the world.