A new dawn, a new day, a new year!

And, I’m feelin’ soooooo good! 🙂

As I welcome the first dawn of the new year, I can’t help but look back at 2013. It was an amazing year for me in many respects. 30-odd trips across six continents, visiting the most extraordinary places, meeting inspiring people, making new friends, speaking at events around the world, a flourishing business, winning a best blog award in Canada and an interview with The New York Times.

I remember the first morning of 2013: I was tucked warmly in bed, down with the flu, and thinking about that miserable start to the new year. As it turned out, I couldn’t have asked for a better year! With reflection comes gratitude and I’m deeply grateful for the opportunities that have come my way, my friends and family who have supported me in my new career path, and the terrific people I work with. THANK YOU!

A new year’s resolution?

I don’t believe in new year’s resolutions – who remembers them a month into the new year, right? Instead, I prefer to see each new year as a blank canvas, waiting to be filled with colour, beauty and inspiration. It’s up to me to create the best painting I can with all the tools I have. I’m very excited about the new year and I’m convinced my painting will be a stunner! That said, there’s one thing that I aim to achieve this year (hmmm, a resolution after all? Haha!). In the past four years, working on this blog, building my business and travelling have often come at the expense of time spent with my family and loved ones. When you’re so caught up in one aspect of your life, it’s often easy to take the other aspects for granted. And life is too precious to take the people I love for granted. In 2014, I will make a bigger effort to strike a good balance between my work and my personal life. More time with my family and loved ones, and not just be with them in person, but also in spirit. Yes, ‘balance’ will be the underlying principle for me this year; it’ll be the basis of the painting I intend to create. It won’t always be easy (it never is, isn’t it?) but I’ll find a way.

May you have a terrific new year filled with love, laughter, inspiration and success! Remember to… go explore. experience. and be inspired. And safe travels!

Lots of hugs,
Keith xoxoxo


Share or Save this post:



Follow Velvet Escape on:

7 Responses to “A new dawn, a new day, a new year!”

  1. Keith Jenkins 02/01/2014 12:12 pm

    Me too! Working title: #WIP2014! 😉

  2. Keith Jenkins 02/01/2014 12:11 pm

    Thanks Rob! 🙂

  3. rob hermans 02/01/2014 2:50 am

    i love the clip keith! An d looking forwards to see the painting develop

  4. Maria 01/01/2014 5:57 pm

    Can hardly wait to see what you do with your blank canvas.
    Guess the working title is, Untitled #2014 😀

  5. Keith Jenkins 01/01/2014 4:09 pm

    Yup, in spirit as well! 🙂 Happy new year babe!

  6. ciki 01/01/2014 4:07 pm

    so is it more of the spirit or the physical .. hehe 😛 Happy New Year dear.. and yes, am sure the painting will be a stunner! I am also planning to add a lot more depth & color to my painting this year.. woo hoo! 😛


  1. 2014: my year of travel | Velvet Escape - 30/12/2014

    […] me. I chalked up tens of thousands of miles, visiting twelve countries on five continents. In my New Year’s post at the start of 2014, I […]

Leave a Reply