2011 has been a magnificent year full of blessings, stress, madness, luck, hard work, mistakes, successes and hope and I wouldn’t change most of it. I am happy that I learned many lessons the hard way. When I began the daily email, right up until late summer, I was doing every aspect of it for hours each night and then I asked for help and because I accepted that help I have been able to meet and work with some of the finest, most innovative librarians, information professionals and staff out there. So to my volunteers a HUGE thanks! But because I did every aspect of INALJ for so long I also can truly appreciate exactly how much my volunteers do. For this I am thankful.
I have many wishes for 2012 including growing and expanding INALJ. Thanks to those who did donate, your donations will help make these changes possible. Thanks to my husband Sana for the time and space to do this hobby. Thanks to the fans for their continued positivity and support of each other in what is often one f the most stressful times for anyone, the job hunt. I want to leave you with something I am stealing from one of my favorite professors, GraceAnne. This Neil Gaiman posting. Please click through- he deserves our click-throughs :)
And it’s this.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” -Neil Gaiman