It's been real, 2015...

"Some days are better left under a blanket. " - Me on several occasions in 2015.  

"Some days are better left under a blanket. " - Me on several occasions in 2015.  

My friends, I hope your holiday season has been one to remember. Mine definitely has, and it feels like the right time to post a progress update, so here goes.

I'm into my eighth week post op from spinal surgery. There are vast improvements with my pain, but some slow to heal nerve damage that's affecting my right arm and leg. It makes for a rocky path to take every day, but then again what daily path out there isn't rocky, even if the path rarely strays? I have always been a slow healer, that's just how my body works. So I'll be slowly incorporating work back into my life in 2016 hopefully soon but to be honest, I have no idea when. I simply have to wait and see. 

This year I officially launched my first line of lamps and not only had a successful spring show debut, but I also ended up in three stores in the Chicago area (a big thanks to Modern Cooperative, Sacred Art, and OrangeBeautiful for the support!). And just like that, it was all out on hold and has been that way since June. I'm not really one for New Year's resolutions, but I will tell you this: in 2016 and for however long I'm on this earth, I plan to continue to be grateful for the people, the art, the making, and everything and anything under the sun that makes me joyful.

There are things that happen to us that we can't control or don't like; that's just part of this fascinating science experiment we call life. And I'm learning to face that stuff every single day and the uncomfortableness that goes along with it. But I'm still here, still breathing, still laughing. That's the best I can hope for every day. 

To those of you who've been following my progress both professionally and/or health-wise, thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring. It really does mean so much.

Stay warm out there, kids. And here's to a happy and healthy 2016 for all!  

Love, 

Mikaela, RI