Just like that, my first year of blogging has come to an end. We’ve had some great successes over the past year, and some big opportunities as well – but I’ve been enjoying the process so far, and that’s all that matters!
For lots of personal reasons, I found myself pulling away from my “external” world a bit more in December. I wasn’t posting to Instagram as regularly, and instead just focused on enjoying the season and relaxing. If you’ve been around for a while, or follow me on Instagram, you may remember that my dad had a heart attack/quadruple bypass on Christmas Eve 2018, and this kicked off an entire year of stressful situations. And just when we thought things would slow down this week, another family member is in the hospital. Seriously, it feels like we can’t go a Christmas season without SOMEONE landing in the hospital… so it’s a good thing we have so many emergency response professionals in our family.
This past year, both of our family dogs have had major surgery. I quit my career in retail management and moved on to start a career in social marketing. We had a family member pass away at the beginning of the year. Our apartment ceiling leaked all spring, and we spent all summer getting it repaired (it’s still not fully finished, but I believe it has stopped leaking). I completely abandoned eating AIP and going to the gym. There may have been some other crises that I’m forgetting about, too.
But there have also been some great things that happened this year. I started my quilty Instagram account, and got connected with the greater Insta quilting community. I opened my Etsy shop, and actually sold a few quilts. I got to participate in a fabric launch party with Mister Domestic. And I got to spend a lot of time sewing, which is a great way to spend time with my mom.
As I tend to say at the end of every year – I learned a lot over the past year, but I am very, very ready to head into 2020! And above everything else, I’m grateful for my fantastic husband. Without him, I would not have been able to navigate all of the things that 2019 threw at us.