It's been way too long! / by Karina Aisina

Hello my friends!

First of all, I want to apologize for not blogging for almost 2 years! that's craaaaazy! 

I am from now on planning to be better at this and keep myself more disciplined. 

Lots of things have happened since the last time I wrote on here, which was November 2016. To catch you all up, I will try my best to keep it short but sweet.  In December of 2016 was my last Christmas with my family here in the States. It was my mom, my oldest sister, my youngest sister and I. This was the last time we would spend Christmas with my mother as she was heading to Israel soon. It was a bittersweet memory, but we cherished every moment of it. 

Our family is so small here because the rest of my relatives, including my dad all live overseas. Therefore, I personally like Thanksgiving and what the holiday represents, but its always hard every year because there should be more than 4 people celebrating in your family, you know?

Ok, so  the new year of 2017 started! My dear mama left in February to finally start her dream of being a missionary and serve the Lord in His chosen Land! how awesome! I adore my mother so much, and I love how deeply she loves our God. 

That was a hard change we had to adjust to, especially since now my youngest sister and I are going to be living together just the two of us in our home. We miss our mom dearly, but we are more happy for her. 

To be honest, 2017 was not the best year that I thought it could be. I got into a relationship that I thought would go well, as I became close to his family and his son.  However, not to go in much details and keep the information more private, I would advise any young souls out there...please be careful with whom you get into a relationship with and does that person bring you down more or up? For me, I wanted to hold on because I craved the longing of being in a family, and afraid of being alone. That was not the smartest choice, because not only it didn't satisfy my cravings but I also became aware that I am in an abusive mental and emotional relationship. Even though the relationship didn't last long, it finally ended. I was so upset and mad at myself because I did not value myself more, I didn't deserve that, I stopped making and creating art as much as I wanted to, and I ended up being hurt countless times.

Buuuuut… time goes on! My art journey has not completely stopped, because at the end of 2017 I had my FIRST real art exhibit hosted by Tippecanoe Arts Federation in October at the Wells Community Center. It was a huge deal! So many folks came including my friends, my coworkers, my small group people, and even people who I went to church with! The opening night was beautiful! There was music, delicious food and three art shows in one exhibit! The artists were these 2 wonderful ladies and me! I was beyond thankful to my Lord for providing me this great opportunity, and allowing me to display and sell my art. The exhibit lasted for over a month. Down below I posted pictures for you all to enjoy!

Basically that was 2017 in a nutshell for me. I became more involved on social media to grow and expand my art and my name out there! I created a Facebook art page so I can start sharing my posts to my followers! Creating a page on Facebook is really useful, because not a lot of folks have Instagram. Certainly, I also have my own Instagram art page and I am way more active on there! 

So, if you aren't following me yet, please do so! I will greatly appreciate your like and follow! 

A new blog coming soon! Stayed tuned! :)