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Friday, December 29, 2017

A brief 2017 recap and more than $2000 in giveaways!!

2017, a year to reflect and replenish.....

so here we go my sweet creative friends and family.....

Many of you know me well enough by now to know that I am not one for brief recaps. 
Some of my annual recaps go on and on and on, but this year, I am resolving to put it all in a nutshell, or at least a tiny glimpse of it in a nutshell.

**please read all the way to the bottom to enter my end of year giveaway.
There are 10 spots in my upcoming Face Fascination class up for grabs AND an original painting!!

After the intensity of last 2016 (you can catch up here), my journey through breast cancer and subsequent treatment, I made the decision to take things way easier than I have done for the past five years.


I soaked in numerous bubble baths

 Spent more time playing games, even when obstacles presented themselves

took myself on lots of walks to the beach

 looking for love in all the right places 



and relished the chance to  make beautiful memories with family


After taking the first six months off from teaching I had fun bringing new ideas and energy to several Aussie workshops from July to December, as always feeling grateful times infinity for this work I get to do and the amazing, beautiful people I get to hang out with

 



I spent as much time as I could painting and worked on several new series, including my wise and wonky owls which celebrate our innate wisdom and the beauty of our quirky imperfections all wrapped up in the unique loveable bundles we are!

 

My little owls continue to fly out the window as quickly as I can paint them and I LOVE seeing their little personalities emerge!

(You can win an original owl painting by leaving a comment on this post with a 2017 highlight of your own)



Mi amor embarked on his own creative project, a massive Tree of Life mosaic at the entry to our home!! 
(here's a sneak peek)



Friends and family sent us sea glass from ALL OVER THE WORLD and mi amor embedded a secret message in the wall. 


We'll be doing the grand unveiling soon and he has a riddle ready for those who want to take a guess. I'll be giving away a painting in January to the first person to figure it out!



  
We went on a little road trip up North to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and woke on the day to this incredible sunrise and whales and dolphins jumping all over the place!!



 We celebrated with a romantic Italian dinner and then took a visit back in time to the place where we made our vows. So blessed to walk alongside this loving guy.



In the middle of it all I created a brand new online class called Face Fascination and more than 400 students joined me for the first session!!

Next month we'll be running the class again (beginning January 10th!) and there is still time to register for the earlybird price ($147 USD) for the next 72 hours only!!! 
You can read all about it and sign up here
(if you sign up and end up winning a spot we'll refund you)

ps I'm giving away ten spots in the class (valued at $197 each) so please leave a comment below sharing a 2017 highlight of your own. 

Of course there was soooooo much more to the year than what I have included here but I think you get the gist. We all continue to grow and learn, through the wobbly times and the good and I am grateful for all of it! Wishing you more good than wobbly in 2018! 

Don't forget to enter the giveaway by leaving a comment below and please share on all of your social media places for more chances. Most importantly include your email with your comment so I can let you know if you win!!!


I'll be drawing the winner in 48 hours and then sending a little reminder post that Face Fascination early bird sale price is about to end. 


"Face Fascination has provided fabulous opportunities to try new things, revisit some old ideas in a new way and generally thrive on getting loose and exploring. Tracy's teaching style is relaxed and encouraging. After watching each lesson I couldn't wait to try it out myself! I love the fact that throughout these lessons Tracy is so open about the times she has struggled to make a piece work and then shown us all how to take steps to move through the disasters and turn them into masterpieces. I have loved every single lesson in this course so much and honestly believe it has helped to take my skills to new heights. I was constantly amazed by the work I produced after each class. I have learnt so much that I will certainly be doing the lessons over and over again. I have to say that this course is incredible value for the money!"   ~ Ali Senior


"Besides learning to draw and see faces in backgrounds we already had or new ones we created, I loved the fact Tracy gives us permission. Permission to work in our own styles, to get frustrated and ways to overcome that, new ways to work with old and new materials. The videos are light, informative and all Tracy Verdugo, who is a pleasure to watch and learn from. Each lesson was challenging and rewarding. I loved the class so much."~Terri Ellis 

Be sure to click here to read all about it! 



Lots of love
Tracy xoxoxo







83 comments:

Viv Rad said...

2017 was finally a healthy back to normal year. Lots of learning and creativity took place and life is good.

Wendy Winston said...

I loved to continue to watch your art and your life. It is good that you took care of yourself this year because I think we all find that the most difficult. I hope you continue to spread your love and light in the world forever. Wendy wjw62@hotmail.com

Joan H. said...

Family and friends are healthy - I am grateful.

Kathleen said...

This has been an interesting year - you have continued to influence me in that I'm choosing not to be needing to follow the rules! It is fascinating to dabble in more than one medium at a time and now I am bringing my first love of fabric and sewing into the mix!

MsPamIam said...

2017 was a year of tears and laughter, Ups and downs, and all around I am leaving it behind for better days to come.
i2amnotalone@hotmail.com

CW said...

In 2017 my great-niece was born. So wonderful!

romsmi said...

Wow what a wonderful year you have had Tracy and I’m so glad that you had time to relax and reflect during your cancer treatment as this is so important in your recovery. I have loved hearing about your journey and seeing your beautiful paintings throughout the year. My year was full of family celebrations starting with my Mum’s 80th Birthday, my sons’s 30th Birthday, a trip we had to beautiful Canada to celebrate my niece’s 1st Birthday and then home via USA... and to top our year off by coming home from our trip and be greated two days later to the birth of our beautiful Grandson Flynn. It’s been a very special year and I have been so blessed to be able to celebrate all these things in one year. Roma xo
roma.smith@hotmail.com

Kate Palmer said...

Well 2017 had a few 'low-lights' and some scary weeks, but it also made me realise that I need to follow MY path and pursue the things that make me smile. My little wake up call has resulted in baby steps towards some 'hopefully' new and exciting things in 2018. Though if forced to pick a highlight I'd say Wonder Woman finally being released as a movie - and a good one!

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Kristin Lang--- said...

Thank you Tracy for all your beautiful sharing! Your art has been so inspiring for me to be creative in my own life. 2017 was a mixed year, the highlight for me was having my dream come true of becoming caretaker of a Nature Sanctuary on Vancouver Island! My family and I now live in the forest and I couldn't be happier <3
belly2love@gmail.com

elalex said...

well, 2017... was a year with ups and downs. I finally managed to cut down some tasks and make room for more creativity. And I got a frame drum! So I really can dance to the rhythm of my own drum :-)

Eleanore said...

2017 marked a turning point and gave me an opportunity to leave behind some challenges that had been dogging my family for a few years. One of my artistic highlights was finding my artwork featured on a lifestyle magazine shopping feature. I would love this prize to feature the faces of the loved ones who helped me as we thrived through the thought times as a thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

bin said...

My defining moment? The women's march after the inauguration of DT. The power of so many women gathering to have their voices counted has inspired me to make a difference and get involved in causes. Yes we can and will change the world! heaphywest@gmail.com

Brandy Gerber said...

After 21 years in our little house in a small town we moved out to the country! It's peaceful and inspiring and has the most amazing Sun filled room that I get to use as my paint studio. I feel calmer, more centered and inspired in our new location. I am so very blessed! Happy New Year Tracy! I hope our paths cross again someday! Brandygerber@hotmail.com

Anna Day said...

Thank you, Tracy, for your inspiring words and photos. One of the highlights of my year was teaching calligraphy at a nearby retirement village. anada379@yahoo.com.au

ColourwithaPassion Fletcher said...

Have been very lucky to have been in your class twice now Tracy. You have changed the way I see things, and I have had an exciting journey since meeting you. I hope I will be lucky enough to be in your Newcastle class again in 2018 if you have one..Thankyou for your continued support and inspiration. Love all your posts.. est wishes for a happy Health y2018 to you and your family. Love Gay xx๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽจ

Jan Davis said...

Thank you for sharing your year and such wonderful photos! The highlight(s) of my year are around personal growth (not always easy) and the three house/pet sits I did in Almeria Spain, Punta de Mita Mexico, and Berlin Germany. Signing up for the trustedhousesitters.com services has really opened up my life!

Loz said...

Thank you for sharing the free spots in your face fascination class....my year has been filled with family and being there for them...so next year I will have more time to do art which is my passion...and also drawing so this class would be ideal...thanks Loz

Traveler said...

Tracy, I love reading your newsletters. You are always so full of light. This year I was lucky to listen to an interview you gave and in it you shared how you began your travels to teach art, which was refreshing in that you did not lose faith in the scary moments. I also was able to participate in one of your free art tutorials online. The timing was perfect because I was healing from health/surgery issues. Those two things kind of helped me in learning to be open to whatever shows up in my life and not see it as good or bad, just there for whatever reason. Also to recognize that if you think big and don't worry about the little parts of it the universe does work with and for you. Thank you for sharing all that you do with everyone.

Robyn said...

2017 was a growing year for me. After 5 yrs of living with & caring for my father, he left this world on his next greatest adventure. So I spent the next 9 months updating and fixing up the house so it could be sold. It's sold in August closed in September and in October I moved my 58 year life in California to Utah, to be surrounded by & closer to cousins and aunts and uncles. Not finding a legal secretary position right away I took a temporary position to be a driver delivering UPS packages for the holiday season. That was an incredible experience all by itself. Now as an old year departs, I have reconnected with old friends, have been able to serve those that are need, & completely enjoyed the colorful, uplifting, happy Artwork that Tracy creates. Here's to more loving, laughing, happiness, joy, creating, imagining, and to many new adventures in 2018.

Janet Ghio said...

2017-a year of persistence and resistance in the face of attacks on our democracy-requires courage and endurance. That's how I have spent the year-- the highlight has been witnessing how many brave, strong women there are!! Would love to win a place in your class. Best for 2018.

Glenda Hoagland said...

2017 was a year if learning about myself and changes to my life and how I live. It has been very humbling and enlightening and I am taking the many lessons I have learned happily into 2018. My goal is to leave fear and worry in 2018 and open the year with peace and joy and loads of art. Blessings and good health to you in 2018.

Painting Pixies said...

Tracy every day you continue to inspire with Your honesty and openness. I look forward to finally taking a class with you in person! Pvaracek@msn.com

Anonymous said...

This year has been a year of exploring color texture and light with you, Tracy. I've taken all but one of your courses and have signed up for the Tampa retreat in May. You've helped me understand myself and art all at once. Thank you for that!
Leah xx
floridancing@hotmail.com

Kelly Zabroski said...

A highlight for me was finding the perfect place to retire my horse. It has brought me so much peace because he is loved and spoiled and receives top notch care. I love visiting him and seeing him so happy.


Kelly
kazmirage@aol.com

lynn1231 said...

I became a new grandma in 2017!! Awesome year!!

Connie Gensamer said...

This is my year of art....https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6bRSjo-a-78. The biggest thing for 2017 was I changed my house in many ways.

Connie Gensamer said...

My email is happyandthriving@outlook.com

kat scanlan said...

My highlight - PUPPY! Who is now doing zoomies and playing TEETH with Mimi - I see a retreat to the couch for the elder in a little while. :-)

Angelwolfstorm said...

I so love your blog and art! The highlight of my 2017 was finally, after years of being only hours away from this place, going to Cumberland Island for my 50th birthday. It was absolutely amazing and I want to go on more adventures soon! Sharing on Twitter @AngelwolfPhoto and FB on Bo N Tami Shurling. Looking forward to following your adventures for the New Year! Angelwolfstorm@aim.com

Sue Young said...

My highlight in 2017 was wonderful time spent in Mexico City, Oaxaca and San Miguel de Allende. Three weeks of soaking in their beautiful culture. Bliss.

Jean said...

This has been a year of change as we have our first grandchild. Unfortunately she is halfway across the country so that means more trips for me as we try to balance our time. It cuts into my art time as she is a very active! But, I always bring a travel set with me.

I love your photos and those wonderful owls!!! Thank you for the inspiration!

Cecilia Stevenson said...

Thanks, Tracy, for sharing your art and life.
Truly inspiring, we'll see you next year in St Petesbourg!

Rave On Studio said...

The highlight and lowlight of my year, was suffering from acute rotator cuff tendonitis and subsequent frozen shoulder! Sounds terrible and it was, but I am recovering now and happily, I taught myself how to paint with my left hand! Half my paintings this year were done with my non-dom hand and what an experience!! Yay!!! #AlwaysAGoodSide :-) Happy New Year!

Velvet Pearson said...

It's great to see you painting and enjoying yourself in all the photos! I've accomplished a second long round of physical therapy on my back and have kept up the exercises to keep my lower back problems existing at the minor nuisance level. Yay me!

Ildy Karsay said...

Dear Tracy,
Thank you for sharing your life my friend.
2017 was a roller-coaster of us.
Beautiful little doggies was born in February in our house and lovely friends are having 8 of them and one is stayed with us. Great experience and lovely feelings. :)
In March my husband broke his spine and has surgery with 6 big srew :( but luckily now he is ok.:)
I made a free weekly year-long painting course which was a great experience for me. I painted, made video lessons and learned a lot. :)
I made summer camps for children, it was great. :)
My son's illnes after 4+1/2 year of perfect cure changed and we are fighting now to be better again. :(
Doctors find stomach cancer a few weeks ago in my mothers hubby, he will have an operation in January. :(
Yesterday we had to sell our 18 years old car. we are on the bottom of financially. :(
I'm happy this year is over and heading for a much more happier one. :) :)
Love you all and wish you a wonderful artistic new year
love and hug
Ildy

Bea said...

This year has been my year to learn to draw. Next year willl too...

Anita Tillman said...

A highlight was definitely attending your class in Brisbane but also growing my little business and taking lots of time for my art and my beautiful family. Thanks for the chance to win! Xoxo anita anitatillman@hotmail.com

enchanted said...

Glad to hear of your healing processes. I too went through treatment...for the second time...and threw myself into art wholeheartedly as part of the healing. Took several classes and learned so much...and plan to continue! kathyr275@gmail.com

Marlene Moore said...

My highlight of the year was a very belated 25th anniversary trip with my husband on a river cruise up the Rhine. We met some lovely people and are still in touch with them. Next year will be our 30th anniversary also. Hopefully we don't wait as long to celebrate that one :)

Kristen Howarth said...

What a wonderful year feeling blessed.. wonderful to meet you in 2017 definetly a highlight for the year ��

Jennifer Ropers said...

One of the highlights of 2017 was starting back to school at the age of 48 to pursue my quest to become a massage therapist and help contribute to the healing of the world. My art has taken a backseat lately and my goal for 2018 is to create a daily art practice, even if it is just 15 minutes of sketching or throwing some paint down for a background. I just purchased a small journal to hold smaller, quicker practices when I don’t have the time for bigger pieces/projects! Love your owls by the way!

Jennifer Stevens said...

Oh how wonderful, thanks so much for this opportunity! I have shared on Twitter and Facebook! Hmmm...2017 was a hard year for me, the loss of my mother was the hardest. But...a highlight would be, spending more time with my Dad. And pulling my family in close. Again, thanks for this chance to win! ashlynnsmom@hotmail.com

Jo Murray said...

Just in time to kick-start the new me! 2017 was a downer for me generally health wise and otherwise, but an opportunity to sit back and reflect on the important stuff. In this I can relate to your experience. My highlight is that it is all behind me and now I face the New Year re-invigorated and replenished....ready to go. Thanks Tracy.

Kristina W said...

This is such a lovely post. You reminded me of the healing power of gratitude, even when things kinda suck. Especially when they suck. I needed that reminder today.

2017 brought me some much-needed bravery. I was finally able to enter trauma-orocessing therapy. And I've met some wonderful new friends.

Thank you for the chance to win this class!

Melisa K. said...

I think the highlight of 2017 was signing up for your may workshop in Florida—it is a grand splurge for me, and the first time since having kids that I followed my own whim before overthinking and being practical.

Captured by Brooke Photography said...

Very grateful for a wonderful year of traveling to 11 countries in 2017. Hoping to settle down and do some painting and edit photos in 2018 :)

Penny said...

I would love to join you class with this prize. Painting faces is my favorite!

Liz Sargent said...

The highlights of my 2017 have been when I have been enthralled by encounters with the natural world - watching brown hares busy with their lives; transfixed by hunting Barn Owls which came within feet of me in their quests; a baby Tree Creeper which, after landing on the ground on its fledgling flight, decided to climb up my leg to make its way back to the nest; and seeing a Glossy Ibis in the wilds of Somerset (UK). So much beauty in the world to enjoy and admire - the more you look, the more you see. May 2018 bring everyone the opportunity to have moments in the natural world that leave them breathless with pleasure. Liz

Nardja Segui said...

You are an inspiration to all of us... but there is a spirituality to all creative people that helps us and guides us through our challenges! I’m glad your light is bright and shinny and I would love to be part of your face class! My email is nardja.segui@gmail.com and my name is Nardja... love your artwork Tracy! ❤️

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Wendy Jasper said...

Hey gorgeous lady! I love your embracing of ease, fun and simple joys, thats def my priority for 2018. My highlight of 2017 was teaching. Stepping out and writing and running my first business course and getting truly amazing feedback.

Penny said...

2017 was a good year for me. I won the Lillian Nunn award for artists over 50 and used the crash prize to take a great encaustic workshop with Lora Murphy. I had work in several shows including international shows and I had a duo art show with my daughter Mariah. I also signed up with a gallery in a nearby town. Altogether a wonderful year for my art. Next year is looking incredible already also!!

Marisa Harrison said...

Loved reading about your 2017 Tracy. Mine has be utterly transformative and I am now free in so many ways, a huge highlight for me has been taking part in an art course by Mitch Bowler and Kevin Murphy....totally amazing!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Kaaren said...

My highlight was working with the Squirrel team of Sierra Wildlife Rescue to raise and release orphaned and injured baby squirrels. I fell in love so many times! For me, these little furries are utterly magical! Happy New Year to everyone!

Poetryqn said...

2017 was a fabulous year of discovery. If 2012 shifted my world on its axis, I've spent the last five years jettisoning the irrelevant to focus on all the blessings in my life. Here's wishing all of us a fantabulous 2018!

Ali said...

It's been a very big year for me. My highlights have been a new granddaughter, regaining my strength and health following a stroke at the end of 2016 and feeling like I am really finding my creative voice with thanks to you through Face Fascination (if I am lucky enough to win a spot I will bring my eldest granddaughter along for the ride) and Mojo at Byron Bay. Happy new year to you all. ❤

Shirley said...

Hi Tracy,
two highlights for me.
My sons' band (both of them are in the band) One More Weekend put out their debut album, which we continue to promote. It's difficult but we believe in them and their music.
Highlight number 2 - found my "style" with my painting.
To explain, I like to draw in a realistic way but I like to paint with home-made "stamps" in a semi-abstract way. Finally explored a way of doing both on the one canvas and it worked out very well.
Wanted to attach a piccie on here but cannot do so. :(
I'm on Instagram if you want to check out my work.
Thank you for the opportunity to win a spot. Fingers crossed.

Danielle Raye Zeissig said...

This year was a year of big change for me. After 17 years of being a full time teacher, I quit to substitute teach so I could work on a more part time basis and leave the stress of the teaching world behind and pursue my love of writing. * I then rediscovered my love of painting and drawing which I had stumbled upon in 2016 and which helped me through a very rough patch in my life, but then quit quite soon after, which I really regret. But now I'm back at it, drawing, painting, taking art classes and writing poetry, just being creative and I'm so excited about heading into the New Year and the endless possibilities and blessings.

Guylaine Morin Studio said...

Hi Tracy,
2017 was a tough one. My mother, who can no more stay alone in her appartment because she is old and sick,was terrified to go live in a center for old people (sorry, I don't know how you call this in english...). But, my biggest highlight is that my sister, who lives in a different city, decided to take my mother with her family. So now my mother is so happy to live there, with her grand child. Her health has improve and her spirit too. And mine too !
Thanks for the opportunity to win a place in this class.
Guylaine Morin
gmorin15@sympatico.ca

Jeanne Kelly said...

I completed a 30 days of grateful journal in 2017 and really reflected on all the wonderful things in my life that I am grateful for. I have the most wonderful family and Mother that anyone could ask for. I will be losing my job of 30 years in 2018, but I will focus on the positives in my life and prepare for whatever new opportunities present themselves.....I have faith!

Happy anniversary!

AndreneS said...

Honestly, 2017 was not a very happy or memorable year for me and I will be glad to wave goodbye to it! My entire family was blessed with good health this year so I have no room for complaint but I was not able to play with my journals and paints as much as I would have liked. That is definitely going to change in 2018! I have already lined up some art adventures for myself and your Faces class would be a great addition. And thanks for sharing your lovely year-in-review!

Wendy Webster said...

Hi Tracy, I'm subscribed to your email newsletter and I just shared on my personal Facebook page. Face Fascination looks like a very interesting class that I would love to take! Happy New Year to you and your family. Thank you for sharing and for your generous heart! :) Wendy Fierro - wendywebster328@gmail.com

Kaaren said...

Oops! I left a comment a few hours ago but forgot to include my e-mail address. Here it is - kspoole@hughes.net

Michelle Hammons said...

2017- what can I say? I laughed, cried, learned to giggle again, lost weight, gained some back, found peace during turmoil and and rolled with the changes even when I didn’t want to change. I learned and grew and accepted and adjusted. I survived with a smile!! I liked, pinned, tweeted, and instagramed. creolemouth@comcast.net

Cindy Benko said...

Love your recap. Tracy, you make me smile, and that is what I am grateful for. I am also grateful for my wonderful life filled with loving family and friends, and to this wonderful tribe of artists who inspire me. xo��

Deborah said...

2017 been rough road to walk taking care of my brother who has mental illness almost lost him took a lot out of me now that our parents are gone we made a promise to them and I am keeping it . I hope 2018 is a better year for my family just as I get one brother taken care of my youngest has started using and drinking after 15 yrs of being clean . So goodbye 2017 and hello new beginnings for 2018 !

Cindy Benko said...

Oh, my email is cbenko50@gmail.com. Thank you for your kindness ��

Christy said...

Oh, the possibilities - thank you for the giveaways! The highlight of 2017 was leaving a job that wasn't live giving and finding my voice and freedom once again (and there are many more, but that is the big one).

kryste herring said...

Highlight from the year..... my daughter-in-law blessed me with twin grandsons; my 7 yr old son has shown a strong talent for cooking and painting; my father's health is improving since I removed him from the "therapy centers" in Florida and brought him to my home (he may even walk again!); and the negative family member who was residing with us up and moved out this past week taking all the heaviness in the house with them. It is so nice to be able to focus on the positive and grow in love and spirit :-)

Jennifer Salyer said...

2017 has been a great year for us. But for me the best part has been I've actually started to make art again (after about 20 years) rather than just "dreaming" of doing it. I've discovered many artists, like you Tracy, through the blessing of the internet and Instagram and it has encouraged me so much to stop dreaming and start doing. Let 2018 bring MORE!!!!

Paige said...

It's awfully generous of you to give away a whole ten spots in your class, thank you for the opportunity to get one!

I would say the biggest highlight of my year was getting married. I'd been with my partner for seven years (we got married on our seventh anniversary!) and we didn't know if we wanted to do the whole wedding thing. We decided to do a private ceremony, only us and the officiant, and then do another one with about 35 people. All during the planning, I was in school full time with an internship and a thesis to write, and it just felt like planning for something I didn't really care that much about--I wanted a marriage, not a wedding. It felt like a lot of stress. But, on the day it rolled around, I was really pleasantly surprised at how much FUN it was! I had such a blast. Before it happened, we had been planning on leaving after a few hours but it was such a good time that we were actually the last ones to leave! And we pulled it all off for under $2,000, including catering, live four-piece band, drinks, venue, costumes, decorations, dessert, etc. I got to talk to every single person there and it was such a happy day and all our family together in my favorite place in the world. :D

You can email me at rattlesnakepetz@gmail.com, or use my "follow up" email address. :)

Thanks again for this offer and for letting me reflect and ramble on about a great moment from 2017!

Debbie Merhege said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful art and your life journey, the good and the not so good, with us. I was so happy this year to be able to take a trip to the ocean. It had been 20 years and I had missed it very much. It was so peaceful and beautiful to walk in the wet sand with my hubby. dmerhege@aol.com

Robin Tarbert said...

Thank you for sharing your art with us this year.
We purchased a beach house to use on weekends and the summer (3 hours from our regular house) so that has been a blessing! Still painting walls and doors, but it'll get there! : )
Robin (crtarbert@verizon.net)

Kim Dwyer said...

In 2017 ~ I was blessed with my first grandchild! A little baby girl named Sydney Grace. Greatest feeling in the world to be called grandma. <3

Jeannie said...

Thank you Tracy for sharing your gifts with the world!
My highlights of 2017: getting a promotion at work, finally addressing a health issue; spending a week at the Campbell Folk School (craft camp for grown-ups in the mountains of NC in the USA) with my mom and sister; visiting friends; and every day with my pup, Daisy!
jeanmahood@mindspring.com

Linda Habros said...

I hope it's not too late to post! I posted my original comment on Facebook because the blog didn't open up the comments option. So, here goes...we had a wonderful year house and pet sitting around the world...3 continents, 5 countries, 43 pets, for a total of 43 weeks! We made amazing friends and fell in love with many furry, feathered, and finned friends. Truly blessed! Happy New Year!

Cory Tompkins said...

I took the leap this year to start drawing and found out how much I LOVE drawing faces! I just started painting them too (I have only painted 2 so far). Your Face Fascination class sounds like something that will take me to a new level with my art.

Ciarrai said...

i got to backpack through so many amazing places in 2017 but the highlight was Uzbekistan.(ciarrai.samson@gmail.com)

Marisa Harrison said...


I forgot to leave my email address......one of those days ๐Ÿ™„ so even though I’m not sure whether I’ll get disqualified now I’d like to add it anyway because I really really want to take part in your face fascination course. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ As I said my 2017 was utterly transformative and I’m free in so many ways now but a massive highlight for me was investing in myself and joining an art course by Mitch Bowler (listened to your interview with Mitch the other day Tracy, brilliant...gave me a lot to think about!) and Kevin Murphy, it’s been like a dream come true. My email address is reecieclaire@hotmail.com ๐Ÿ’™

Tonya said...

A highlight for me would be simply making it through the last year, feeling blessed every day that I get another chance to make *this* day the best one, and 2018 the best yet with it only getting better from here onward! (Moot0009@hotmail.com).

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