Letting Go of 2014

It doesn’t matter if it was a great year or a tough year. Probably some of both. Either way, in a week it will be 2015. And you can choose what to take with you and what to leave behind. Yes, you can. This is not up to your partner, or your parents, or what happened in 1974. It’s your choice.

Screen Shot 2014-12-25 at 11.34.12 PMLetting go means not dragging the worry and tension with you into a new year. Letting go means exhaling and waiting to pull in new air into your life and lungs.

Letting goes means leaving behind. Things that aren’t useful. Things that drag you down. Things that hold you back.

You get to choose priorities. You get to name what it important to you. No one can decide for you. You can’t claim it is important and then turn your back on it. Then it wasn’t important enough.

One year from now, you will not remember if you started the year with clean floors, dusted furniture, or a put-away tree. But you will remember your creative work. The work that expressed who you choose to be. The creative urge you followed that made 2015 different from 2014.

Start to let go of what isn’t make you eager, alive, wonderful and awake. You have a bit less than one week.

–Quinn McDonald is starting to let go.



10 thoughts on “Letting Go of 2014

  1. I’m learning to rely on my faith more and more with each new passing year. With the new year approaching, I am filled with both apprehension and excitement. However, I dropping my worries and burdens to the ground and walking forward. What’s done is done; the past is now history.

  2. Thank you for your clarity on something I’ve been thinking about:

    “The author who benefits you most is not the one who tells you something you did not know before, but the one who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in you for utterance.”

    — Oswald Chambers

  3. Goodmorning Quinn. Visiting you to drink in your wise words and wishing you a most amazing New Year. I had a crappy 2014 and, as a fellow art journaler put it, “when New Year’s Eve come, I’m driving a stake through 2014’s heart to make sure it can’t get me again!”

    Am I ready to let loose? Hell yes! Hope 2015 brings us much joy and above all, creativity (but either good or bad times, creativity never stops isn’t it?!)

    • Creativity is always there, but how we react to it and use it does. If we are angry, frustrated, disappointed, it is very easy to focus on our emotions and shut down and withdraw. It’s harder to use our creative urges and easier to become embittered. It’s hard to put disappointment and anger behind us.

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