Confession time – I get really cranky this time of year. There’s just something about the time between Christmas and New Year’s – why doesn’t it go faster? I’m ready for next year!
This period of time is informally known as Elissa Reflects and Beats Herself up for All the Things She Didn’t Get Done This Year. It’s not as fun as it sounds.
For example, I have 81 half-written draft blog posts (including a bunch about my Japan trip). I’m not exaggerating – here’s the proof:
Just how in the fart does that happen?
And don’t get me started on the piles of unfinished books in my studio. And then there’s this and that, and blah, blah, blah. Crab, crab, crab. My mind can really be an endless source of ick.
Imagine my surprise when I had a magical happy moment earlier this week. I decided to stop moping and instead look at all of the cool stuff that happened this year.
I’ve never been good at this, so I decided to start by making myself a motivational poster:
Well that did the trick! Here’s my top ten list:
- I went to Japan. And bought a whole mess of paper. And saw it being made. And got forced into karaoke.
- I attended the Movable Book Society conference in Boston (that was on my bucket list)
- I attended the Wells Book Arts Summer Institute (also on my bucket list – 2017 registration open now)
- I took a class with Karen Hanmer (this woman is a master of everything)
- I went to Chena River Marblers for their end-of-year sale
- I visited with Vamp and Tramp Booksellers at the University of Vermont
- I exhibited work at the Burlington Book Festival
- I presented at the T.W. Wood Art Camp
- I learned how to make the Chinese Sewing Box in a workshop with Erin Sweeney
- I WENT TO JAPAN (okay, maybe that’s cheating, but it was such a wonderful trip)
I have to admit that 2016 was a damn cool year. I guess I shouldn’t be in such a rush to end it. Perhaps this end-of-year reflection should become a yearly thing…
Do any of you do an annual self audit? If so, I’d love to hear what you’ve done this year! Show me your list in the comments below.