This was a very stressful year, and making time for myself was a priority. Living by myself, I tend to give/support others in my job a lot and I made time to be thankful and acknowledge myself. I joined this program to find my purpose in my painting and learn how I could eventually market my artwork. I loved the challenging assignments and getting out of my comfort zone. Having support with others was very helpful. I am most proud of myself for putting myself first so I can have a future creating/selling/mentoring after I retire from teaching. Kellie helped me in finding my style and recognize what is important to me in my work. I worked on 5 paintings today… I hope to start selling on Etsy, update my website, keep painting and maybe do a show somewhere. [I gained] a sense of confidence and the joy of creating for myself first.