Happy New Year to you!
This year, I seem to be sliding into the new year while it feels like I'm still emerging from Christmas, and with the sense that January has come around unexpectedly quickly. Having a succession of out-of-town guests explains that a bit, I guess -- plus the fact that the holiday decorations are still around (I haven't had a chance to sit and sketch them yet!) and I feel like I'm still pulling holiday leftovers out of the freezer to turn into different dinners.
And it feels like I spent an awful lot of 2014 living in my head -- thinking, reflecting, analyzing, planning, reminiscing. I've experienced a lot of rather huge transitions over the past two years, and I'm finding that even while events have passed, the ripples of them continue to affect me. 2014 was a good year, all in all, but it's been an internal sort of one. I've gotten a lot of new understanding and perspective, and that's good.
But as I was thinking about the past year, and feeling like I didn't accomplish that much, I sat down and made a list. And I was pleased to discover that it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought -- in fact, I did a lot of wonderful things.
I finished 3 quilts and at least 4 quilt tops... and started a few new projects, too.
I did a fair amount of sketching, completed 3 6-week Sketchbook Skool courses, and went on a lot of sketch outings with my local Urban Sketchers.
I saw my daughter successfully re-enter the world of school at the community college, and helped her navigate some new anxieties and experiences -- and was happy to see her come out with flying colors.
I started making books again, and made a whole bunch of creative "jumbly journals" that were a total blast.
I did a lot of hours of legal work.
I sang in two seasons' worth of chorus concerts, sat on the chorus board for the year, and helped the chorus redesign its logo and website.
I got some long overdue maintenance stuff done at home, including new flooring downstairs and big improvements to the house gutters. Exciting, eh?
I went to three fun and productive quilting retreats, and I've added a monthly sewing group to the schedule that makes me very happy.
Thanks to Goodreads, I know that I read 112 novels last year. Strangely, that's the exact same number I read in 2013.
I took some fun trips -- to the Seattle area and to the California gold country.
The area in which I've had the biggest developments, oddly enough, is with friendships. Through all of the turmoil over the last few years, I've been so grateful for amazing friends. During this past year, I've struggled with really difficult challenges involving two close friends. I've made some delightful new friendships that surprise and enrich me. And I've had several long-time friendships emerge with new importance as my life has changed. I'm reminded that my friends keep me sane, make me laugh, tell me the truth, and enrich my life so much. You know who you are -- and thank you!