Day 1 of a new 365
Happy New Year!
It’s amazing to me that I truly feel like I blinked and 2017 was over before I knew it. It is as though I lost track of time and while so many things happened – I don’t know where the year went.
Each year around this time – the end of December and the beginning of January – I try and reflect a little on the past year and what I’ve learned and experienced and then look forward to the new year with hopes and goals. I’m not a huge fan of resolutions because I feel like they’re a fad and quickly fade away. I’m not huge on change [if you know me, you know this is the truth!] but I do like the idea of setting goals.
This last year was crazy – and when I say it, I mean it in a good way. It was a crazy whirlwind of so many things. I always had more than one thing going on at a time and while I thrive under pressure [even though I’m a planner] it was a little crazy, even for me.
In my work world I took on more responsibility as I opened two additional stores with one being out of state. I reached out to new vendors and worked with them to bring new state and city pride apparel and home decor to each of our locations. I hired new employees. I posted on Instagram to try and reach new potential customers while highlighting amazing makers. I fired a few employees. I sent over 1,000 emails. I survived a busy holiday season in two locations. I learned more than I ever imagined – both about myself and about business. I’m super pumped for the next year and the next chapter with this company, even though I know change is coming. I’m bringing a boatload of positivity and am excited about the potential of what can happen – and the part that I will play.
In my crafty world I took time to play, to refine some skills and to experiment to try and learn more. I watched an insane amount of YouTube videos from some of the most amazing makers who are so good at sharing ideas, inspiration and their talent. I used old supplies. I bought new supplies. I did not send nearly enough cards [insert goal for this year!] but I did sell more cards in more craft shows than in years past. I plotted ideas and fell short on making them happen. I lost my mojo for awhile due to lack of time. I found inspiration in some random places – in books and advertisements and in friends. I taught myself how to crochet – [more so than when I posted that last year!] and made 4 blankets/afghans for friends and currently have three going on for myself. I learned to relax and truly enjoy making something out of nothing. I’m making a goal to spend at least 15 minutes a day on some sort of craft – cards or project life or crocheting and I plan to share the progress on social media and here, with some sort of trendy hashtag, yet to be determined. I’m finally learning that I truly do have a talent for the arts + crafts and I want to share it with as many people as I can, in as many ways as I can.
In my w2 world I had some amazing adventures. Jon and I went to the Bahamas for a week and while I was able to escape work and adult responsibilities, I learned I’m not good at relaxing and “doing nothing” and that’s far too many days to be away from the puppers. We went to a handful of concerts including Zac Brown Band [for the umpteenth time!], Justin Moore, Eric Church, and Hunter Hayes. We saw Rent and Wicked and were in the audience for a live taping of American Ninja Warrior. We went to Vegas with friends. We spent more time apart than we ever have due to my work schedule and various mini solo vacations. We made plans for changes and tweaks to the house and have a long list of projects and diy’s for this next year. We took more selfies which are the perfect additions to the stories I can share in our project life album. We’ve got so many things to look forward to – and I love that there’s always something new.
In my personal world I had quite a few highs and only a couple lows. I sold my ten year old trusty scion and leased a new Honda HR-V. I tried new recipes in the kitchen and had some amazing successes including Hungarian Palascinta [with amazing memories to go with it!], chicken & waffles and my favorite of the year – pork chops with pear chutney! I finally stopped biting my nails and embraced the colorful world of fun polishes. I read more books than I have in the last few years combined – a couple favorites were Love Warrior and The Magnolia Story – both of which changed my life. I spent time with friends – grabbing lunch and sipping drinks, attending a Cavs game and just hanging out. I spent time alone. I broke a tooth, had another one pulled and was diagnosed as being diabetic. I got super stressed out more times than I can count. But just like the changes that will be taking place in my work world, I’m going to bring a boatload of positivity to my personal world in this new year and focus on the good in every single day. I’m not going to let a bad five minutes make it a bad day. I’m excited for the plans I have, the goals I have and the unexpected events and adventures that are bound to find me.
I feel like my one little word of ‘try’ resonated with me throughout the past year – and perhaps even more so with my Epiphany star word of compassion. That was a really good one and I often felt it came into play in just the right moment. Since today’s Monday and it’s the first day of the new year, I haven’t yet received my Epiphany star [they’re given out on the first Sunday of the year] but the one little word that has spoken to me over the last few days of reflection has been focus, and so I think that will be the one little word of 2018. I can choose to focus on me, on my relationships, on projects and sharing, on art and creativity, on intentions and doing the things that I find to be important. I’m super excited about it and can’t wait to see how it presents itself in my everyday life.
Day 1 of a new 365 is almost over – and I’m so excited about all that’s yet to come. I hope you’ll stick around to share in my experiences and stories of adventures – as I try and focus on the positive details and moments of every day while letting the negative ones go.
Happy New Year!