My husband gave me a wonderful gift this Christmas. He gave me the gift of two nights alone in a hotel room. And while I was there he sent me flowers, and I had a spa treatment and went to tea.

It was all lovely. Exactly what I needed to recharge, refocus, and reorient my life. You see, it being the end of one year and the beginning of another one, I had done some reflecting and realized that while nothing was exactly wrong with my life, that it was a bit out of whack.

It needed to be reoriented. I needed to reset and find my true North again. The time away gave me just the time needed to do that. I drank a lot of water and did a lot of yoga and read and slept (glorious sleep!) and prayed and journaled and basically, went back to the priorities I had pre-kids.

I remembered what it was like to matter and to do things I want to do when I want to do them. Sacrificing for others is wonderful and it is noble and motherhood, like most callings, requires oodles of it. But sometimes you just need to refresh by unplugging completely.

I came home restored and refreshed and back in love with my life. My husband and I both agree to make these get aways happen a little more frequently.

Reorienting included making time to paint, so . . . . Here’s the latest.

It is a shameless embrace of Kelly Rae’s style, but in order to learn as much technique as possible, it was necessary. It is the result of the second lesson in her angel series found here.

Happy New Year!

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