It’s New Years’ Day, and my blogging tradition the last couple of years has been to join in the One Word link party at Maxabella Loves. Last year Bron put together some questions as prompts, and I figured they apply to this year too.
What word do you think best summed up 2015?
Since my chosen word for 2015 was SHARE, I’d like to think that was what the year was all about for me. Through my other blog, The Blog Roll, I was able to provide a platform to share others’ words. It wasn’t as busy as I’d originally planned, thanks to me getting sidetracked by other things, but I’m going to aim for bigger things for it in 2016.
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What did you do for the first time last year?
Last year I completed a 100 Day Challenge, and I loved it! Each day for 100 days in a row, I painted in watercolours and shared on Instagram. My challenge was 100 Days Of Zen Watercolour, and over the time it took on a life of its own. It was really good practice, and I’m so glad I finally made it to the end of one of these challenges.
Was there anything you wish you’d done differently?
I wish I’d taken more chances when it comes to showing my art. It’s pretty scary putting your work out there for all to see, but I need to remember that unless I do, I won’t progress. This year will be all about being proud of stuff I make and having the confidence to share it.
Do you have a favourite moment from the year? What made it special?
Most of my favourite moments from 2015 have involved spending time with family. As the years pass, you realize that the older members of your family aren’t going to be around forever, and making the most of time spent with them becomes more important. This past year we’ve made a concerted effort to spend more time with both John and my families, and soak in the times spent with them.
Last week at Christmas lunch, my auntie made a toast to us all, and said how lovely it was to be together and laughing so much. That moment made me think that the times like that are the ones that will always stand out in your memory. It really is all about spending good times with the ones we love, isn’t it?
What lessons has 2015 taught you about yourself?
That no matter how much I worry, stress or fuss about things, stuff is going to happen that I may not like. I can still have an action plan in place and be as organized as possible, but sometimes it just makes more sense to go with the flow.
What do you most want to do in 2015?
Open my Etsy shop and take the leap of faith with my artwork. I’ve had the shop set up for most of 2015, but just haven’t been brave enough to actually open it! But really what do I have to lose? I don’t want to regret not giving it a try, and now that I have an awesome new printer that I was lucky enough to win from the fabulous Sonia at Life, Love and Hiccups, I really have no excuses.
I’m aiming for the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned.
What one word do you think will sum up what you hope to achieve in 2016?
This year I want to push myself past the comfort zones I’ve been hiding behind, and reach towards the exciting things. My biggest problem is that I compare myself way too much to others, and think I could never live up to their standards.
In 2016 I’m going to do my own thing, in the best way I can and enjoy doing it. If I want to make this into a successful business that will continue into the future, I really do have to take the pressure off, and love what I’m doing. When I play around with paper, fabric, paints and ink, I can lose hours. I’m going to look at each piece as something fun I’m working on, and hope that mindset takes the pressure off.
What’s the point of setting up a new venture, if you don’t look forward to going to work each day?
So 2016 is all about pushing my limits, and making myself reach for something that’s not only going to challenge me, but make me happy doing it.
I hope that 2016 sees you doing something you love too. Surround yourself with loved ones and people that make you happy. Laugh a lot, eat and drink all the good, and be kind to YOU. Most of all…..enjoy each day!
Happy New Year!