I was hesitant whether to write this post or not. Somehow, this year I’m all about looking forwards to the new year, instead of back on the one that’s passed. Maybe it’s the anticipation of our new baby, or maybe it’s just that I’m ready to let 2015 go and embrace the fresh start that the new year brings. Probably a little bit of both.
But, then I remembered how important doing an end-of-year life review is (I even wrote a big blog post on my new blog about it). It’s a way to take the best of the year into the new year, gather all the lessons learned, and make peace with the icky, hurtful parts. All years have a little bit of each in them, and it’s super important to take a moment to reflect on it before jumping head first, full of enthusiasm, into the new year.
I even created worksheets to make the review process easier, which you can download here, but I thought I’d recap some of the most important personal lessons, moments, and highlights into one post. I’ve always done an end-of-year review on the blog (you can see past reviews here: 2012, 2013, 2014), so I wanted to also carry on that tradition. Plus, it’s a way to document my own thoughts for the future.
I think this year was overall a turning point for me. This was the year we settled in in Germany. This was the year I took great business risks – like closing down my Etsy shop, joining B-school, trying full-time craft-blogging, and finally started my own coaching business. These were some of the toughest parts of the year for me. It was hard finding my footing at first, but I’m so glad I was brave enough to take the full journey.
This was also the year we planted the seed to grow our family. Something I’ve dreamed about for years is so close now. This was the year we celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary, and learned to support each other even more. I feel incredibly blessed to have such an amazing husband by my side, and a family that loves me and supports me in everything I do. Not to mention amazing friends I can lean on.
It’s been a crazy, enlightening, encouraging, tough, surprising, motivating, and impossible year all at the same time. I’m so grateful for everything I learned through trial and error, and I finally feel like I’m settling into a place I want to be at. Into my own little dream life. It’s not perfect, or without struggle, but I can see myself moving forward in a direction I really want to go in.
The biggest lessons I want to take with me into the new year are:
- If you want a life you love, you have to be brave enough to get it.
- You’ll know if you really want it once you do it.
- You have to believe in yourself like no other.
- Don’t let other people’s paths guide your own. Instead, create a new path for yourself.
- Do what feel right, not what you should.
I started many great traditions this year. I set a word for the year, created family goals for the year with Rein, and started our anniversary photo tradition.
Last year, my one little word for the year was courage, and boy did I need a lot of it. It became the word in the back of my head echoing through my life, and there were many times, when it reminded me of what I set out to do. I’ve already chosen my one little word for 2016, but I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow.
This year was very much about searching for what’s truly me – what I want to do, what I want my life to be like, how I want to feel, and what drives me. It made no sense to put down big specific goals for the year as I had no idea what I even wanted to do, but that one little word was just the perfect amount of intention to help this be a year with a focus.
Another tradition I want to carry on is making family goals. Right now, it’s just the two (and a half) of us, so we’re still sort of mixing some of our personal goals into it, but I look forward to start making family goals a tradition where the whole family is involved.
When it comes to Pearls & Scissors, this was certainly a year of changes and shifts. This was the year I went all in and created my first sewing courses. Blogging became my main job for a while, but I ended up working so hard that ultimately, I felt burnt out and lost my creative spark. In the second half of the year, I took some time off to find a new direction, and reflect on what I want this blog to be. What I realised is that this has never been about just sharing my love for crafts, but something way more personal. When I started blogging for business, I lost some of that personal vibe, and I started feeling disconnected from the blog as a result. For me, this is so much more than just a blog, or a business. It’s a piece of me. I’m looking forward to finding that authenticity again in 2016. I’ll share more about my goals in tomorrow’s post, though.
Bottom line? This year was good. Tough, yet good. I experienced a lot, learned a lot, took a lot of chances, grew a lot, laughed a lot, cried a lot. Ultimately, I wouldn’t change a thing.
How was your year? What was the biggest lesson you learned?
Cheers to a new year!