The turn of the year is, of course, a time for reflection (what on earth was I doing?! what the hell am I doing to do?!), and like many people across the world, today my thoughts are turning to 2014 and how it went for me, and my plans for 2015.
2014 was a good year. They usually are, in fact… I find as I get older life gets that bit easier. I’m not wrestling with myself so much, and am less critical of myself. Which is nice! I’m not saying there haven’t been huge challenges this year. There have. But I’m stronger, calmer, more confident and better equipped to deal with them. I hope that’s all a part of growing up and that life will continue in this vein.
2014 was a cracking year in some ways – the year started with a weekend creative retreat and finished with Bazaar’s first Christmas market. There were ups and downs in between but lots of growth and development. I left a terrible job and found a new, better one that actually supports my creative life, not drowns it. I failed to get pregnant even with medical aid, but found a strength in my relationship which I had suspected was there but hadn’t been fully tested. I failed to sell much of anything on Etsy but learned through markets exactly who my target market are, which will help me find and sell to them in future (and my sense of design and style of my products grew in leaps and bounds this year.) I missed my Irish family desperately but with each year that passes we learn more about each other as adults and are growing up together. I also found my Belgian “family” getting stronger through the year, which helps with the homesickness.
Here’s to 2015. Here’s to the next rollercoaster ride. I wish you all many ups in which you find your joy, and I also wish you a few downs in which you find your strength.
My blog will soon take a little break for redevelopment of my site and style but I’ll be back with a bang, I promise!
(Thanks to Alix for this lovely photo of me!)