Year in review posts are all the rage these days, and for good reason. I think it is really good for you to take stock of your life occasionally and to think about the things that are really important to you. A fresh new diary and a fresh new year are the ideal time to do this, so here’s a look back at my 2015:
Looking Back to 2015
Making Our First House a Home
2015 has been quite an extraordinary year for me. We started it on an incredible high, settling into our very first home, and gradually beginning to make it ours. Both Ste and I love DIY (as you may have noticed) and to be able to finally put our energies into our own property to make it ours has been everything I always hoped it would be (and a lot more dust!). We have made a good start, totally renovating both guest rooms, and gutting and rebuilding the third guestroom, turning it into my new office, as well as planning our bathroom renovation. Plenty more to do in 2016 though…
This year has been a complete change in my work life. I started the year with a huge workload that was simply overwhelming me and my health was suffering again – the endless headaches were a permanent feature of the first half of the year. I realised my health (and sanity) were more important than the salary (which really wasn’t enough to justify such work hours and sacrifices). Happily my boss was incredibly understanding and in June I moved to a part-time role, focusing on only half of the job I used to do, and with the need to be in the London office only once a fortnight.
This decision was only partly motivated by the health issues – I had also finally allowed myself to acknowledge during some creative meditation sessions in May that law is really not the career for me, and I wanted to move to something which would give me more time for creativity and for putting my day to day life first – in short, to work to live, not live to work anymore. Happily an alternative career presented itself almost immediately, and I set myself up as a freelance editor to fill the rest of my time in early July, which has so far been very successful. One of last year’s aims was sorting out my career, and I can safely say that I made huge improvements to my working life in 2015. Go me!
Blogging and Creating
I also had a lot more time to be creative and make things and to blog – which has made me really happy. In August I was delighted that Kirstie Allsopp selected one of my DIY projects for a prize at the Handmade Fair. It was really lovely to have something I created be appreciated by someone who sees the best of handmade items around the UK and the world, and really encouraged me to keep it up. That and the fact that I absolutely love making things. So you can expect lots more of that in 2016.
Back in the Saddle
The end of 2015 proved to be just as exciting as the start and middle of it! Having grown up around horses, I have been desperate my whole adult life to start riding regularly again, but I’ve never had the time or been anywhere it was possible. Whilst I can’t get my own horse at the moment (because we have no room for it and couldn’t afford one anyway), I realised that there are plenty of people who would appreciate extra help with theirs, and in December I found a really lovely one to ride locally that I hope I can spend a lot more time with this year. Having got back in the saddle again I’ve really realised how much I missed it and I can’t wait for more horsey adventures in 2016.
The big news of 2015: Getting Engaged!
Of course – finding a horse to ride wasn’t the only reason my life felt complete at the end of 2015 – as you may have read, in November Ste got down on one knee as we watched a romantic sunrise and asked me to marry him! We have ambitiously decided to tie the knot this summer, and on a tight budget, so 2016 is going to be a year of lots of creative solutions to wedding expenses and lots of fun planning and crafting our perfect big day. I’m already having fun experimenting with watercolour paints for our Save the Dates and invites, and I have some thoughts in mind for making my flower girl”s dresses and maybe even my own! Watch this space.
Looking Forward to 2016
So, 2015 was a pretty amazing year for me, and I am quite sure that 2016 will prove to be the same. I am reluctant to make ‘resolutions’ as such, because they are so easy to make, and so much less easy to implement. However, I have four things I want to focus on this year:
- Planning and creating our wedding.
- Building up my freelance business.
- Finishing two rooms of our house (Office and Bathroom – which may seem like a small target but both rooms are major projects, and with saving for the wedding we cannot afford to do much more this year).
- Blog consistently on Tuesdays and Fridays.
What about you? How was your 2015? Do you have goals/resolutions for 2016? Or have you got a word for the year, which seems to be the trend at the moment? I think in order to achieve all four aims, my word of the year is going to have to be ‘planning’! I’ve got my new Leuchtturm diary on the go and am giving Bullet Journaling a try, so let’s hope that enables me to keep on track.