Here we are, a few days away from a new year. I went back and gathered some of my favorite moments and posts.
Altered my letterpress tray to put all my collectibles. It is all full now. I already have a blank on backup for the next round.
Had a couple pieces in two group/gallery shows. I really need to do more of that next year.
I really produced a lot of art I liked this year, more than ever. Lots and lots of sketching.
Took a linoblock printing class.
Cut my hair off and went back to brunette land.
The Mary Blair art exhibit with my new friend Caitlin. Yay for new, awesome friends!
Started volunteering with a feline rescue group. One of the best things I have ever done.
Made my first Day Of The Dead altar in our home, a tradition I plan on keeping up.
Stats: Josh and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary (13 years together) and our 40th birthdays, Reza turned 8, our cats turned 3.
Reza: won a cosplay contest, started 2nd grade, was in the local paper twice, rode a bike for the first time, shaved off the side of her head, lost 5 teeth and continues growing into an awesome little person.
Shows: Forest Swords, Washed Out, Chvrches, Lorde, The National, The Knife, ††† Crosses… CHINO, in person. Bucket list item achieved!
A new car! Well, new to us anyway and I love our VW.
Slowly but surely making new friends and getting closer to some existing ones. It is always nice to see things move to the next level with those who value you.
Lots of new memories with our friends. Being back in CA certainly has its perks.
Lots and lots perspective.
The Bad: Josh’s brother Jared died and certainly tossed up a lot of feelings, my Mom got diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and of course the coming to terms with friendships (or lack thereof) and where you stand with them. With distance comes the inevitable drifting apart. All of these things really hit me with a massive dose of perspective, a renewed sense to really work on making things count.
The Ugly: Had a bit of stressful things go down. Drama, health issues that weren’t getting resolved. Thankfully all of that seems to be working itself out slowly but surely.
Favorite new phrase: “shit show”. And considering how some things went this year, it merited my using it, a lot.
Music: my favorite album as a whole was the soundtrack to Only Lovers Left Alive. It is the one I keep coming back to. Yes, my favorite album of the year was a soundtrack.
This year was an odd one for music. Lots of good tracks but albums as a whole, not so much. I also felt this year was the year of the woman as some of the better tracks to come out were from Team Estrogen. Well played ladies. I made a playlist of some of my favorite tracks from this year, you can listen to it over on Spotify. There are way more but not everyone is on Spotify.
Goals for 2015:
- Make more art (and sell it) – girl has got to pay some bills.
- Work on debt reduction so we can look into buying a home.
- Less time on social media, more time making memories and art.
- Stop taking so many photos with my cell phone and use a real camera for a change
- Write more: on my blog, a personal journal, snail mail.
- Read more.
- Focus on health. All aspects of it.
- Gratitude and humility. Lots of it.