I’m not that sad to see you go. And it’s not because you were all that bad. Lots of good things happened in 2014, like: I celebrated one year of sharing an office space with my friend Sonya, and one year of Krypton meetings. I started making and selling pillows. I started getting serious about freelance web design. I completed 365 ‘I Nevers’ and wrote thirty-one blog posts. I did Blackbird Iron’s bookkeeping and got their taxes done. I drew a picture in my sketchbook almost every single day. I read a ton of books, went to lots of cool places, and had loads of fun with friends and family. I accomplished a lot in 2014, and I’m proud of it. But the thing I will remember most about 2014 is that it’s the year I lost my sister Maureen. And that sadness will stay with me for a long time. Maybe forever.
However, the biggest reason I’m not sad to say goodbye to 2014 is that I’m really excited for 2015. Even though I’m kicking off the new year with a wicked cold, the first I’ve had since I quit my job in 2012, and a less than stellar bank account balance, I’m full of optimism and ambition for 2015. I’m excited to take everything that happened in 2014, good and bad, and incorporate it into my work for 2015. I don’t have a concise plan (you know what they say about the best laid plans) but more of a direction – some ideas – lots of notes – and several lists. Instead of a plan I have more of theme for 2015, and that theme can be summed up in one word: Integration. But more on that later. First, let’s reflect on 2014.
At the end of last year I wrote a post on 2013 reflections and 2014 intentions and predictions. Did any of it come true? Let’s have a look. Here’s last year’s list of intentions for 2014 and my reactions.
- Put some structure back into my life. Absolutely! Monday through Thursday, from 8:30am until 3pm, I went to my office to get some un-distracted work done. On Fridays, during those same hours, I alternated between bookkeeping and pillow-making. Every weekday afternoon between 3pm and 5pm I picked up and shuttled my kids around. In the evenings I sewed as much as possible.
- Focus on work that generates income and start an official business. I got an official business license, a Square account and reader, set up Freshbooks to generate invoices and manage accounting, sent out several bids for web-site work, participated in three sales to sell pillows, created seven websites (including my own) and an etsy site.
- Get more help from family members. One night in April I got completely fed up with people not showing up for dinner, and so I quit. I said if people didn’t appreciate it, I was done making dinners. Todd took over until the kids got out of school in June, I cooked during the summer, and when school started back up in the fall, Todd and I started to alternate months. I absolutely love this new system! Not only do I get every other month off, which allows me to get so much other stuff done, but this 50/50 system feels so much better. Because it’s not just about sharing the cooking, it’s also about sharing the planning and the shopping, and sharing it by month makes this easy. And the kids are getting a bit better at helping out around the house, but this is definitely an area to work on for 2015!
- Get some house projects done. We refinished the floors in the back room and touched up the paint, we repainted the kitchen, we cleaned out the shed, and I set up my my little silk-screening and sewing pillow factory. It may be a very small dent in our very big list of projects, but it feels (and looks!) really good.
- Read the news once in a while. Nope. Didn’t do it. Don’t care. Scratch that one!
- Silk screen! Yes! My most favorite accomplishment of the year. I have two pillow patterns that I’ve been silk-screening, and lots more to come. Woo hoo!
If I had to pick a theme for last year, it would be: Action. I started a lot of stuff. Plus I started feeling more confident about the stuff I had already started. According to the Chinese calendar, 2014 (and the beginning of 2015) is the year of the horse, and the horse is all about energy, optimism, and action. I definitely had that last year.
Then there’s my horoscope. For Scorpios like myself, 2014 was supposed to be full of change and a new level of commitment. According to astrology.com: “After shedding layers upon layers and ancient attachments, you’re ready for the new. This is your year to get crystal clear on what you’re most passionate about and commit to it in the deepest way possible.” I don’t know that I’m “crystal clear” about what I’m passionate about, but compared to 2013, I feel like I have a really good sense of how I want to live my life, the work I want to focus on, and what is most important to me. I am totally committed to a new way of making a living, and I am excited to further that commitment in 2015, and to get more crystal clarity about my path.
I also think “2015″ just has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
Stay tuned for more on “integration” and my intentions and predictions for 2015. And…
HAPPY NEW YEAR!