At this time of the year, magazines & newspapers all seem to be doing a year-end wrap up -- the best, the worst, etc. I'm going to do a "Best Of" list for my year, in approximately chronological order....
June to October: Spending Time in the foothills of the Shenandoahs picking berries & pumpkins at Hollin Farms & enjoying the wine at Barrel Oak Winery.
July: The birth of my precious nephew, Rainer. Terri & Ezra, you did good.
July: My iPhone. Love it. Nuff Said.
August: Going to the beach. I'd forgotten how relaxing it is to sit & watch the waves.
January - December: Experimenting with paper arts, outside of scrapbooking
October: Buying a tripod. The best thing that I've done for my blog. The thing that has allowed me to open an Etsy store. You can't sell on the internet without a great picture.
November: Losing my job. I say this totally without spite or ill will. It was a good job & I love my former co-workers. But, I am so much happier now. So much calmer, so much more peaceful, less stressed. A better Mommy. I know that I've got to find work in the long term, just so that we can retire someday, but right now, I'm grateful for this opportunity to re-think things.
November: Opening an Etsy Store. I had been doing preliminary work to get one started before I lost my job & the timing turned out beautifully. It has been the best thing so far. I have a lot of ideas & will be working to increase my stock, improve my look & start making my packaging special. I'm very excited to work on it in the new year.
Every Day: The opportunity to spend each & every day of my life with these two people:
I hope that you had a wonderful 2009. Another "best of" for me was to get to know all of the amazing people that I've had the opportunity to "meet" through blogging. Thank you for your friendship & constant inspiration.
Happy 2010 to all of you!!!!