the state of affairs

Nostalgia and Sun

Hi Friends,

It has been a few months since my last post. There has been a lot going on, which I assume you have read between the lines. :)

Cayo Largo del Sur, Cuba

Cayo Largo del Sur, Cuba

One highlight was a group trip to Cuba in February (my other talent is languages, so I was the group's Spanish-Finnish translator.) If I could sum up Cuba in three words, they would be colors, ideology, nostalgia. I believe Cuba is on the cusp of a new era as it continues to open up more, but one cannot seem to escape the past there, not least with the crumbling colorful buildings and the roaring 1950s American cars everywhere.

I can cheerfully say that I have better business and life habits than I did last year. I don't generally work until 10 pm, and I am exercising more regularly. I have gotten my office in order with a nice worktable that moves up and down so I don't silently kill myself by sitting all day! I am enjoying teaching more English classes this season (check out Litera Tec), which I find a friendly balance to NorsuArt.

Cuban art. What colors!

Cuban art. What colors!

Also, Spring. It is coming. The arrival of Spring on the farm means many things like planting and trimming apple trees. It also means lengthening days and the world turning greener day by day.

The seasons in Finland continue to mark time for me in a way that I never thought about in my youth in Ecuador, where such drastic changes of temperature were not part of the equatorial weather patterns of the jungle. But now I love to note the returning of the swans and the melting of the ice on the lake. The wisdom of life is to understand that it is composed of seasons, someone wise once shared with me.

This season will be a good one.

Ending the Year

One full year of NorsuArt is behind me. Wow! I cannot even begin to describe how intense this year has been, not only business-wise but also personally. I am grateful for all the advice I have been given by those older and wiser, for all I have learned, which also means that I have understood just how much MORE I still need to learn!

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I took off for two weeks in the middle of the Christmas season. I know, crazy.  But my cards had been delivered to retailers and I was sorely in need of sunshine and a way to turn off my head from going over my to-do lists.

So it was, "Hello, Florida sunshine!"  I suddenly remembered how blissful it is to live in a place where you have guaranteed daylight, usually sun, and no snow. I was able to unplug and air out my thoughts, exercise my body, and relax my wits during the holiday before returning to a very cozy and snowy Christmas in Finland.

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I will still spend a few moments ruminating over the events of the last year in these remaining days of 2017. And I will also cut and paste a few pictures of dreams for the next year onto a sheet of paper, you know, so they exist somewhere and I can remember them.  I think I need to have some concrete goals related to NorsuArt cards and products, but then I will also cherish some less bullet-listed dreams of travels and experiences, gardening and farming.

I don't do new year's resolutions, but I always wish that the coming year would be better than the one that has passed.  How do you observe the change of the year? Do you have goals? Dreams?

 

Some dreams are for you, and some are meant to fly by!

Some dreams are for you, and some are meant to fly by!

Start-up continued

I have some excellent news to share with you!  

I received a continuation for my startup grant money for NorsuArt!  This means a few things. One, it means that greater powers than me believe in my business enough to invest some resources, time and know-how to help me.  This is of great encouragement to me.  Two, it means that I get help in marketing and sales, which is definitely a benefit.  And thirdly, it also means that I can continue to focus on drawing and developing all that is NorsuArt without having to find another job immediately!  

Consider me one grateful human being right now.  So stay tuned for how the journey continues. In the meantime, let me leave you with one of my latest illustrations for a wedding invitation I made.

in the invitation, there was no text, but summer is coming and it is a relevant question.

in the invitation, there was no text, but summer is coming and it is a relevant question.