About midway through the year I wanted to wave my white flag and stick my head in the ground until 2016 rolled around. Seriously, though. Not to be a bummer, but 2015? It was a crummy year for my household.
Between health and cars and surgeries and accidents and kids and school and house and cars and appliances…really nothing went right. Stress really sucks creativity, so the desire to party, entertain, craft and write were sorely lacking. I actually quit my job for a bit there in the summer. I’d like to say I sat on the couch eating bon bons, but I didn’t. I worked out like a fiend, took up a new sport (cycling), and spent a lot of volunteer hours all over the place. And got to find out what a whole new homework world fourth grade was once school started the beginning of August. I didn’t have deadlines, but I had a whole other set of responsibilities I was taking care of…mostly spending time connecting with the family instead of my computer.
Even so. Work always beckons eventually. That month or so was really enough to recharge my mental batteries to power through the busy season of fall and Christmas. But again, so busy, I fell into a heap come the evening on December 26th and didn’t move until oh…last week. And saw my production schedule and thought it wise to visit with all you, my dear friends. There are ideas and parties to come, I promise. I took up watercolor painting in some of that downtime, so I feel like I’ll even have some new and different sort of things to offer you soon.
Last year was not as I hoped it would be, but not every day can be full of sunshine. It’s bound to rain at some point. Now that I am awake again for the new year and stretching some creative wings, I am going to be optimistic for 2016–or at the least, I will try harder to remember to bring my umbrella.