Finding The Gift


2017 has NOT been a healthy year in review,

Started with bronchitis and ended with the flu…

Had a big toe fusion and was rear-ended too,

Worked way too much which made me feel blue.

       Still I managed to blog almost every day,

       Created my weird birds every Wednesday.

       100 mixed-media faces and 50 fish, YAY!

       Art experiments in the spirit of play.

2018 starts with a few goals, sincere –

Take care of my body, like a friend who is dear.

Notice the small gifts of JOY that appear,

Live my life with clear intention this year!

This poem was recently inspired by this article in Uppercase Magazine, written by Melanie Falick on living with intention.


And this book I purchased from Amazon, Finding The Gift, by Angela Howell with daily meditations for mindfulness.


I look forward to the small gems that I learn from this book to share with you on my art journey in 2018, after all, finding the gifts is part of the fun!


Wishing you all a happy, creative and healthy 2018!

Cheers! 🙂

27 responses to “Finding The Gift

  1. Happy New Year Jill! The quote from Alice Morse Earle has been a long time favorite and your resolution is perfect. I have really enjoyed getting to know you this year, and hope 2018 brings us both a lot of artistic enjoyment!

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  2. Happy New Year, Jill!

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  3. I wish you all the best for 2018, dear Jill!

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  4. Happy New Year Jill! You brought many smiles to this face…may 2018 be peaceful and healthy! (K)

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  5. Well – even though it didn’t start and end very well health wise – you did a lot of AMAZING stuff “in between!” and it brought great joy to me and to many others! YOU are a gift. Loved your poem! Love you! Here’s to 2018!

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  6. Happy New Year to you my friend, may 2018 bring you all your wishes, look after yourself first of all. Happy days smiling which your drawings give me all the time, Cheers!

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  7. I hope you’re feeling better soon and there’s no more illness this year for you!

    I love your creativity, and look forward to seeing the gifts you find this year.
    Happy New Year Jill!

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  8. Wishing you the same dear woman. Hard to keep the smile on your face sometimes. You have had an excellent art year. Wishing you the best of health in the coming year. I feel positive about getting another year or even day. ❤️

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  9. Happy New Year Jill, it’s going to be a good year! Inspire of the hard times last year you accomplished so much too!

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  10. Your joy for life shines brightly through your poem, and it appears you kicked 2017 in the pants!! Jill, as always, I wish you all the best for 2018! Thanks for encouragement, inspiration, and friendship! 😘

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  11. What a beautiful sentiment. I’m still trying to catch up on my emails. All the best in 2018. Carol

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