What a year it has been! At the end of last year my husband Paul and I said we hoped 2015 might be a little calmer and not as hectic as 2014 given in 2014 we sold a flat, bought a house project, redundancy, chronic back pain, wedding and honeymoon. 2015 was going to be quieter right? Wrong! Its been such a busy year, it seems to have flown by like lightening but it’s also been a lot of fun. I thought I would give it a little review.
Work – I started the year off continuing my career break, and this actually carried on until June when I began a new job. Unfortunately it became clear this wasn’t the right job for me and so in mid-November I left. I have a lovely new job lined up for January and I’m really excited. It has been fun having time off at home, especially with so much renovations to be doing, but I am also looking forward to getting back to work.
House – the #orangehouserenovation continues and you can read more about it on our Mini Moneypit blog. I love having a craft room and it got a lot of use last year for wedding preparations and then Christmas presents which meant at the start of the new year it was very messy. I decided to have a good clean out and reorganise and it was much better (I think it needs a bit of a tidy in January too.) We have completed our kitchen and the latest project has been the bathroom and cloakroom for which I am learning tiling. I also surprised Paul and decorated the bedroom whilst he was at work one day!
Business – its been a crazy year for Butterfly Crafts trying to get back on track from taking most of 2014 off. I have attended a brilliant photography course with Emily Quinton and that got me all inspired to take new product photos which I get to do in the craft room with loads of natural light, I have worked hard on lots of new products such as the super cute owls, fabric bow brooches and of course lots of new cards and soap. It has also been a lot of fun developing the Craftea Workshops and teaching people new crafts, and eating homebaked cakes! I have tried to blog more but this is something I have always struggled with. I have booked a ticket to Blogtacular 2016 and I am super excited about this so I hope in 2016 you will see more blog posts from me but also come and say hello on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I got back into the swing of fairs this Christmas season, it’s always lovely meeting customers in person.
Life – I have battled with chronic back pain this year but it is getting under control much better. I have learned that living with anxiety doesn’t help my back and so I try to manage my anxiety as best as I know how, it is hard but I have a wonderful support network who hug me when I need it. It has been great to spend more time with friends this year, they always seem to appreciate cake and my baking and it’s good to socialise. The biggest ‘life’ change has been the challenge to lose almost 28lbs in five months, I feel so much better for it. We have also managed a few trips away, to our favourite Wassenaar in Holland, the Cotswolds for my birthday and a trip to Centre Parcs. This year we are already looking forward to a trip to France and a weekend spa break in Suffolk.
So where does this leave me for 2016? Well, I used to make a big long list of resolutions but I never would complete them all and then feel like I have left myself down. So, I have three words for the year:
‘Family’ – I want to spend more time with my family and extended family of friends, I cherish every moment I get with my nieces and loved ones.
‘Craft’ – I have lots of craft projects I would like to complete for myself such as my 115 pillowcase dress challenge or my knitted blanket I’ve been working on for a few years. I love craft but I have to realise that I am allowed to make things just for me or just because, not everything has to be for my business.
‘Business’ – I have so many plans in my head for Butterfly Crafts of products to develop, blog ideas to write, bigger plans to make my little acorn of a small business start to grow into a sapling of a tree. I am such a big supporter of independent businesses and it’s time I start to believe even more in my own!
Another year over. A new one just about to begin. Let’s hope 2016 will be amazing!