The year started off brilliantly with our new puppy Frances coming home at the end of December (2014), and ended up being filled with a lot of big changes. Looking ahead for next year, there is so much up in the air.
In April I celebrated a landmark anniversary. My boyfriend and I had been together for a whole year! It’s the longest relationship I’ve been in, so it was kind of a big deal. It was followed shortly thereafter by meeting my boyfriends lovely parents in real life, who flew over from Australia. We are hoping in 2016 to make it over to their side of the globe. Maybe there is still a chance I can fulfill my teenage dream of marrying Silverchair’s Daniel Johns… ha!
In May my mother and I embarked on a roadtrip to see some of the US. It was during this break from reality that I did a good amount of reflecting and contemplating what I wanted for the future. It was a pretty magical adventure.
I had a pretty good year musically. I got to fulfill my 14-year old self’s dream of watching Veruca Salt live. They were amazing! I totally still have a crush on Louise.
The biggest change happened in September when I left my job of 2.5 years. I felt that I had achieved what I set out to do in that position, and was ready to figure out what was next for me. It was scary but exciting. My boss and coworkers took me on a day trip to Canada’s Wonderland as a send off. It was a most excellent day.
Over the course of the year I got to know some really great people through having our dog Frances, and thanks to the amazing local dog walker Helga, who is always planning activities for us to do together. I did a little stint as a dog walker/minder to help Helga out and got to spend lots of time hanging out with dogs. It was awesome!
After I left the security of my job at Informa, I thought I might be able to go freelance full-time. I signed up with all the creative recruiters I could find, but didn’t have much luck getting gigs. I had more random freelance work from old clients and acquaintances of friends.
I was lucky to be able to see the one project that was my “baby” at work (almost) off to print. I had finished the template before I left, but I also got to see what changes had been made after I left, help populate the content and fix the kinks when things didn’t go to according to plan. I was happy to receive a printed copy to see my blood sweat and tears.
I started revisiting an old idea I had for starting my own business. It made me blissfully happy to think it could be possible and I decided it was important for me to explore that possibility. I was so excited and full of inspiration and haven’t felt that way in a long time. I’ve had a lot of encouragement from friends, but been quite discouraged by “industry professionals.” I’ve never been one to let naysayers interfere with my dreams, and feel like money should not be the sole determinate of possibility, so I’m planning to see this initiative through in 2016 and hope that it will be feasible.
One of the best things to happen this year was a visit from my best friend. She flew all the way from London for 5 days and we had such an incredible time. We have a few projects in the works for next year, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to make awesome stuff together.
I was inspired by my talented bestie to make all my Christmas gifts this year. It felt good to be experimenting and creating, even if it wasn’t in design. I threw the picture of bread in there even though it wasn’t a gift because it turned out so well.
2016 will be a big year of transition. I’m nervous and excited to see what it brings. I did a number of things I was proud of this year: going to a portfolio review and meeting with creative directors, saving enough money to quit my job and afford half a year being off work and learning to live on a vastly smaller budget.
I hope this year brings you all the happiness and success you desire. Go forth and be great!