I always love the holiday season! So many people are so happy and generous. When I shop on main street, I hear, “Merry Christmas!” as you would in one of those holiday classic movies.
It is the time to give and be with the people you care about. I realize it can also be a very difficult time of year for people. I understand loss and feeling alone but remembering what I do have in life really helps!
This is why I would like to share a few of my favorite things about 2013…
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1. I accomplished most of my goals for 2013
Last January, I wrote a post about the goals I had for this past year. I am happy to say that I have accomplished most of them! (Still working on donating things to Goodwill)
2. I opened my business…officially
This fall I noticed a posting for an office downtown Ames that was available to rent. I posted the idea of it being the new location for k.ray design on my Facebook page and received so much encouragement! I checked the place out, talked to the owners, talked to my family and friends and made the decision. I was going to rent an office.
I’ll admit, I was crazy nervous but also crazy excited! I had the funds. I had the furniture to fill the space. I have always wanted a studio space for all my art supplies and books. And this seemed like not only the place, but the time. This is my last year of my twenties. I have a steady job already. I have no huge financial obligations in the foreseeable future so why not take this risk? The worst thing that can happen is that I spent all that rent money for a year only to realize it didn’t work out. Oh well. Only 1 year of my life. And what if it does work out the way I want? Then that would make this the best year yet!
3. My family is growing
I have to be thankful for them. And just because they are #3 on this list, does not mean they are not #1 in my life. They are my biggest fans and supporters and I’m honestly not sure what I would do without them. This past year, I gained another nephew and couldn’t be happier! I love being the aunt that gives kids ridiculous things like candy, a puppy, and something that makes noise. Oh, and of course the occasional art supplies.
4. I not only reached my goal of swimming 25 miles, but competed in the Masters State Swim Meet
Every year there is a midwest-wide swim meet for Masters swimmers. This year, we competed at Grinnell for the Breadbasket Zone Championship. My younger sister, her husband, and I traveled to the swim meet to enjoy the day of fast races, lots of treats, great friends, and amazing times!
I love swimming. It is what I have done for the past 15 years and I do not see myself giving it up anytime soon. And I love that my sister shares my same passion! Swimming with her makes it that much better.
I will admit, I didn’t train as extensively as some people there but thats ok. With the Masters, swimming is all about fun and hanging out with friends. We are not competing to see who gets the best time or wins the gold. Its just a time to get together, swim a few races, maybe take home some medals, and stuff your face with delicious food after.
Even though I didn’t train as much as I probably should have, I still came home with a medal in each of my races! AND, my times were just as good, if not better, than 2009 when I was swimming at least twice a week with the Milky Way Masters! I was VERY happy with how the meet went!
5. Continued to travel and meet awesome people
I was fortunate enough to attend the HOW Design Conference yet again and love the people I meet there and the things I learn. Seriously, this group of creatives is amazing and I am forever grateful to be apart of it.
I also continued to travel to see friends and attend weddings. I have had a blast! Thank you to everyone that has hosted me this past year and let me hang out with you for a few days. Recently, I took a trip to DC and that might have been my favorite thing so far. I saw the museums, the Capitol, and ate at delicious restaurants. The tours, the history, and the change of scenery was much appreciated! I felt like I had refreshed my creativity. Traveling is the best thing to do when you feel as though you’re stuck. I leave town any chance I get and hope to see a lot more places in 2014.
I hope you all have an amazing Christmas and New Year. Or, if you celebrate a different holiday, I hope that it is peaceful and joyful. I will be taking time off from design and social media to be fully present at the holidays with friends and family.
Thank you for reading and for your support. Talk to you soon in 2014!