This is beautiful. I'm so glad to see that your time away has really shown you a lot. Buddhism has so many wonderful teachings. To accept knowledge, understand it, but instead of holding it, let it pass through you. I feel that's a really great way to live. And self discipline is such a huge benefit when it comes to creativity and motivation. I'm really happy for you!
Oh, and hello! I started watching you while you were away. Your artwork is really special!