A Brand New Year!



I’ve shown you this picture before but I feel it’s worth repeating. Besides, it is very appropriate for starting the New Year. One of the best things Jack taught me was to live one day at a time, not allowing uncontrollable events to blemish our calendar with a black X. When we first got together he said, “Mikki, we may not be able to control what happens to us but we can control what we do about it. Just because something bad happens, we don’t have to let it ruin our entire day. Let’s make up our minds to have NO BAD DAYS.” 

So let’s ALL follow Jack’s wise advice and make a resolution to have NO BAD DAYS in 2017! THINK POSITIVE and make the best of even the worst situation!

Along with resolutions, many of you are starting to make your travel plans for 2017. I’m also planning ….Our annual Team Senkarik Collector Event in Santa Fe this year on September 2. I hope you can come! I’d love to personally give you a hug and thank you for being here for me.

May your walls know joy, every room hold laughter, each door open to opportunity and may the Peace of Our Lord fill your life in the New Year!




15 Responses to “A Brand New Year!”

  1. Bruce M Pope Says:

    A great post Mikki. AND i love Santa Fe!

  2. Bobbie Lamons Lovell Says:

    Isn’t it wonderful that all the previous years prepare us for this new one ahead. Your story is wonderful. So is mine. Thank you for sharing. Maybe someday so will I. Happy 20217.

  3. bonnie austin Says:

    Ditto to you!

  4. Nina Says:

    May God bless you richly in the New Year!!

  5. Priya Says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR Mikki! May God bless you to continue enthralling us with your very beautiful paintings! I’m very grateful to you for sharing your God given talent with us! I’ve learnt so much, thank you once again.:-) 🙂 🙂

  6. Linda M Davies Says:

    Amen and thank you! Thank you for the art, the inspiration, the can do attitude and the wisdom. Many, many thanks, Mikki! ❤

  7. Kate Pearce Says:

    Thank for sharing this thoight with us. Jack was right, what a great motto for the coming year. Thank you for your e-mails and your positive attitude. Blessings to you for 2017.

  8. Joe Murray Says:

    Wonderful thoughts Mikki ! I miss hearing from Jack . He Critique every one of my paintings and made me improve not only as a artist but as a human being . You have a couple of my paintings at your place . Hope you enjoy them once in awhile . Joseph Murray—Jefferson, Iowa Happy New Year to you –I wish you Health, Wealth, & Happiness !

  9. Leslie Hoops-Wallace Says:

    May you have a great new year! Praying for you.

  10. Stanley Schwab Says:

    Hi Mikki, Yes, it’s a brand new year and hopefully it will bring you much joy and happiness. Lonnie and I don’t travel anymore because Lonnie has several medical issues. At every meal in our breakfast room we look at your painting and think how’s Mikki doing. We would love to see you and maybe one day you will travel to the Chicago area.

    Happy New Year and a long distance hug, Stan and Lonnie Schwab

  11. Texas Says:

    ‘No Bad Days’ is a wonderful motto!Thank you!Wishing you the same, and a Happy New Year!

    Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

  12. Jo Ann Morgan Smith Says:

    I think of you and Jack when I have a difficult day. No bad days comes to mind. I always feel better.
    I have been trying for a few years to have no black Xs on my calendar. I’m going to make this year a “No Bad Days” year.
    Thank you for your inspiration.

  13. Joshua Lance Says:

    Sometimes the best advice is the simplest. Happy New Year, Mikki! Thank you for all your great work work and wisdom through the years 🙂

  14. Donna Elam Says:

    Thanks for the positive messages you (and Jack) have always brought to us over the years, and the valuable painting lessons too. Looking forward to a more peaceful, positive and kind 2017 for everyone.

  15. Phyllis Snyder Says:

    What a wonderful positive attitude! Glad you are not only sharing a positive attitude but sharing so much of your knowledge for painting. Happy New Year!

    I’m doing some gallery wraps and using your idea for attaching the canvass to cardboard for easy handling. Thank you so much. I’m learning a lot from you.

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