There was plenty to share, but a lot of it was pretty depressing.
2011 started fairly strong and positive. It looked to be a banner year. Sadly, it ended up slowly dying until the end.
I guess it's not completely true though. The last month had tons of great moments.
This would be the time where I should give my "Year in Review" But I'll spare you all. There was lots of drawing, but not nearly enough. There was money to be made, but not nearly enough. There was drama. Too much of that.
The important part of the year were the relationships. While one came to an unfortunate end, there were more that flourished from that ash. And that's what I reflect on here, before I go to bid farewell to 2011 and welcome in 2012.
For a year, I've had my baby girls here living with me. It's come with an abundance of sacrifices, but I wouldn't change any of it. We also added two little pups to our family. Oreo and Bitty.
Together, the girls and I conquered many a convention. But the highlight came, when we attended Supercon in Miami. There I met old friends for the first time. Meeting Diana, Shelby and Georgia was almost meant to be. Thanks in large part to old friend Bret, we quickly became great friends, and to this moment I think of them as extended family. I adore them and would do anything for them.
At the Same convention I met Toni. Adore is not a strong enough word for what I feel for her. Not even love does the trick. I know that now, over the time we got to know each other, and the relationship that has since blossomed out of it, it's the most real thing I have ever felt. Having been together for quite a while now, and never having the slightest disagreement, I see that a loving relationship between two people can be easy.
Thanks in large part to my friendship with Georgia, more have developed. Again, they seem to be more rediscovered than developed. As if I have known them all my life. Having met Harry, whom has dubbed me an honorary "butt pirate"
Nattie, who has the warmest soul you could ever imagine, and is as unselfish as they come,
and finally Beth, who surprised and inspired me all at the same time,
I truly believe that somehow I have a cosmic connection to this group of amazing and caring group of family and friends.
Between the time I've had with loved ones, and extended family, I know now that 2011, despite it's trying times and stressful moments, turned out to be a success.
If 2012 ends up bringing the much hyped and storied end times, then at this point I believe we'll go out in glory. Because if this trend continues and God continues to bless me with people that I cherish, I am in for an amazing year. Luckily, I won't be alone for the ride.
See you all next year!