"Well, this is going to be a short list."
Ha! I was thinking the same thing! (jinx). It's been really easy to complain about 2016 and thumbs up all the "2016 in flames" gifs. Like, really easy. But, I think it always actually feels better to look for the good. To find gratitude in hard times. This post was inspired by a tweet from my friend, Heidi, and from the talk "Gratitude on the Sabbath Day" by Henry B. Eyring, which I was listening to in the car the other day. Here are some of the good things that happened for me in 2016:
I surpassed my 2016 reading challenge goal on Goodreads. This was a big one for me. As I've mentioned in previous posts, I love reading. But it's been really hard for me to actually just read these last few years. But, ever since separating from Camaron, I've basically been absorbing books. It's been a sort of divorce coping mechanism, I guess? A direct quote from my mom: "At least you're not drinking!"
Spending more time with friends than I have in probably the last 2 years combined. Old and new friends. This may be the best part of this year. Being around the people who lift me up, make me laugh, and inspire me has helped bring joy into my life in so many ways.
I got pictures taken with me and the kids. This is a big one, because I am soooo that mom who is never in pictures. I love taking pictures, but don't always feel comfortable coming out from behind the camera. I don't know why. And I didn't even realize I was so bad about this until it was time to submit a photo of our family to our ward directory. I seriously couldn't find any that had the kids and me in it. Well, actually I did find one. And I was blurry in it. Jenny and I joked that it was our ward directory photo session when she took our pictures for us. It was.
I launched my modern calligraphy workshops this year! I've loved and used modern calligraphy for a few years, but was really intimidated about teaching, even when people expressed interest in me starting up a class. But I decided to finally just do it ...and I am loving it! And I have been overwhelmed with gratitude to everyone who has signed up or helped spread the word about my workshops. All three of my workshops coming up in January sold out within a day of my posting them! I was/am shocked. Thank you!
Pinner's Conference was such a fun and amazing experience. My first big big show that I had my Little Kit Design booth at! I loved meeting so many people who loved creating and getting to take classes and having success in selling my pieces.
I got to see San Francisco for the first time this year. It was beautiful and the sourdough lived up to all of my expectations:)
Also, in 2016, this picture happened:
so, there you go.