Well, that was 2015. Apparently. I mean, I don’t really recall seeing it in full detail myself, but I’ve heard rumblings on the street that yes, that was indeed the year 2015 done and dusted. Huh. I guess that means it’s time for another summary of the year that was, hey?
I’m going to cut right to the chase and say it – 2015 feels as if it’s been far less impressive than 2014. Last year I went overseas for the first time, presented at a conference for the first time, started taking blogging more seriously, made lots of things for my Etsy shop. This year? Not so much. There were no overseas trips, no presentations, no big steps on the blog front, and I actually stopped making things for my Etsy shop and temporarily closed it. Definitely less impressive than 2014.
Or is it?
At first blush, that’s what I thought. I looked at the different aspects of my life – uni, work, blogging, making – and was left feeling a little disappointed in and sorry for myself. But then I realised that it’s not always about how many new things you started or saw or experienced. Sometimes it’s about just keeping on going. Maintaining. Staying steady, staying on track. Those type of years can certainly run the risk of appearing boring or not worthwhile in retrospect, but it takes hard work and some guts to stay on track. *TRUTH BOMB*
2015 has been one of those years for me. I’ve designed, run, analysed, and written up one of three studies for my thesis and made slow progress, but progress nonetheless, on the second. I’ve sent off two manuscripts for publication (fingers crossed they get accepted). I’m in charge of teaching a whole unit at uni (who let that happen, just quietly). I lectured in front of 100+ students again and actually felt pretty comfortable. I collaborated with two excellent bloggers (I’m looking at you, Isabel and Laura). I took lots of photos that I’m proud of. I read a craptonne of books (yeah, not quite the 50 I’d aimed for but still – LOTS). I paused and stripped back my Etsy shop to figure out what it was that I actually really wanted to make.
A lot of these things seemed quite ordinary, or maybe even insignificant, when they first happened. But reflecting on them now? Man, am I proud. They may be small things when compared to travelling overseas or moving into a new house or getting a new job but sometimes the small things really make the difference, don’t you think? Besides, I have an inkling 2016 will hold some pretty sweet big things for me…but more on that in upcoming post.
So tell me. How was 2015 for you? What are you particularly proud of achieving in this year just gone?