Thursday, September 30, 2010

Next Year

Some of you have started asking about BJP 2011...

I'm sorry that I haven't addressed this earlier. In my personal life, things have been (and continue to be) up and down a bit lately. My attentions are drawn elsewhere and I've not kept up with blogs in the way I'd like.

So, I'm torn. Part of me wants to continue leading the BJP for another year; part of me feels the need to step down, to continue making one visual journal piece every month, but not to organize and shepherd the BJP program. Sitting on the fence, thinking I can do it one moment and needing to be released from the responsibility the next, is what has delayed notice about it.

I see no immediate resolutions to the personal issues in my life. Therefore, probably the best thing is to open the door for somebody else to take over. I am willing to act as a consultant/advisor, and am also willing to let go of the program as I designed it. In other words, any past participant who would like to take it on, is welcome to alter the program to suit their own style of leadership or run it with the same guidelines and system as we use now.

One other possibility is to take a year-long break and see how things look for 2012 to start again.

I need to know if there are volunteers to take over and/or what you think of the idea of taking a break. Go ahead and state your thoughts by making a comment here (of any length)... or you can email me privately (robin[at]robinatkins[dot]com).

Again, I'm sorry and apologize for my need to let go at this time. Thanks for giving some thought to this and for participating this year!


Sabine said...

Dear Robin,

Don't apologize!! If you feel the need for taking a "sabbatical" or dropping the project altogether, by all means follow that path, and don't give room to a bad conscience. None of us will grumble, on the contrary, we all wish you well and hope that it will do you a world of good to reduce your workload, and that your life will be sorted out in a satisfactory way. And thank you so much for putting so much love and effort into the BJP, giving us all an extremely good time, and furthering our talents.

Lots of love,

Whytefeather said...

I don't think you need to apologize either... goodness, you need to do what is right for you.
Sabine pretty well says it all in the above comment!
Thank you for the opportunity even though this is the first year I've been involved, it has been a tremendous help and inspiration.

Angela Grasse said...

I have very much enjoyed taking part in the bead journal project this year. I appreciate all the work that you have done! I totally understand that real life gets in the way of our art at times. Do what is best for you Robin! Love

Trinisunshine said...

Hi Robin,I wish you well with your future plans. By all means do what you have to and everything will fall in place here. I am way behind, still creating but that is life.

I'm happy for all the inspiration you've provided and the encouragement you've given me in your comments to my posts.

You've set the pace and with you as a model greater things will come. All the best to you and yours.