As I shared in my final post of 2011, my word of the year for 2012 is COMMIT. What exactly am I committing to? It’s hard to define, though I can say I feel a need to commit to the creative forces in my life. Those forces include people as well as ideas. I’m committing to my daughter and her father, but I’m also committing to myself and my artistic interests. Since becoming a parent, I’ve learned that old plans and schedules just don’t work anymore. Timelines are constantly shifting. I need more time to accomplish any task now, be it big or small. I also need to catch up on a lot of lost sleep. As I navigate the new territory of motherhood, I’m being challenged and rewarded at the same time. It’s hard but it’s beautiful. I am most definitely committing to my creative pursuits and connections in 2012 as well. It will be a challenge and a balancing act, but I’m excited for the coming year to unfold.