Welp, 2016 was officially my worst year for blogging with a whopping FIVE posts, most of which talked about how I don't really blog anymore. Another blogger called 2016 a "year of rest" from her blog, and I guess mine was on an unintentional sabbatical as well. I can't say I'll do much better this year, but I'm going to try to make more of an effort. For example, I switched my website back to an actual blog, so now my writing will be front and center. Having three kids is no walk in the park, and my life has been consumed by so much this past year that blogging necessarily took a back seat. This year looks even busier so we'll see how things go, but first a quick run-down of things that happened last year:
Printing and shipping shirts and attending events was starting to get overwhelming, and I wasn't happy or being very creative, so after months of trying to get clear and honest with myself, I came to the conclusion that I had to stop. I began selling everything off, including my heat presses. I'm still not done yet, but most things are gone.
I started taking on more graphic design jobs.
I started my own 100 Day Project, and designed 100 nature inspired patterns in 100 days. I put my favorites onto Society6 and am working on getting them onto Spoonflower as well.
I also randomly started writing psychological reports for a psychologist friend in the last quarter of 2016. It's fascinating work and it gives me something fairly steady while I work on creating new patterns and building up my Society6 and Spoonflower shops.
Welina turned 1! Whaaaat?! I seriously feel like I JUST gave birth...AAAANND I look like it too...
Leo was diagnosed with autism. We were able to get her into DOE preschool right when she turned 3 in August. So far, she's thriving there and seems very happy, and we've noticed quite a bit of progress socially, though she doesn't speak (yet.) It's been an adjustment, and yet it hasn't, because she's still our Leo. I'll probably talk more about this later.
Noweo started 1st grade, and started losing teeth this year. Again, Whaaaaat?! What happened to my chubby baby? She's bright, intelligent, responsible, articulate, and also a crazy 6-year-old. She loves school and has great friends. She's amazing and I really don't feel like something as awesome as she is could come from me.
Having Keola home with me has been great. We've learned a lot and have done a lot to support each other, and I think we've gotten into a good groove, but we both want him to have a career that he loves, and nothing he's done so far has really felt like his thing. Ever since he finished his Master's he's wanted to get a PhD and become a professor, and we've made half-hearted attempts at getting in somewhere, but it never worked out. So, last summer we sat down and decided we were really going to give it our very best effort, and so for the second half of the year we worked our butts off on applications, studying for the GRE, and talking with professors he would like to work with. His application has never been stronger, his scores never higher, and his chances never better. We feel like this year is THE YEAR. Applications are in now, and we're just waiting to hear back, but if all goes well, we'll have a white Christmas this year and every year for the next 3-5 years in either Utah, Washington or Oregon. Yay!? Coming to this decision makes it all the more logical to stop selling a physical product for the time being (and probably forever because I like being able to work from anywhere and buying inventory sucks.)
And, to finish off the year, my little brother got married in December! His new wife Mandy is literally the sweetest person you will ever meet. EVER, and we're sooooo happy for both of them and can't wait to see what their next moves will be.
Overall, 2016 was a year of reflection, growth, and change. I think we got really honest and clear about what we want (and don't want) and started to take some real action on it. I can't wait to see what this new year brings. Hopefully I'll make the time to blog about it. I've missed writing here and I've felt the urge to write lately, so I'll likely be riding that wave in the coming weeks. Talk soon!