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Looking back at 2014 – and ahead to 2015!

2014 was a trying year. So much of my life has changed in these past 12 months. I think that January always brings a time of reflection. For some reason, it seems like much more has changed this year versus other years. Not everything was for the good, but where would the fun in that be? HAHA. But honestly, I could use some good changes. Here’s hoping 2015 brings some!

First, 2014 brought a lot of family changes. Both of my parents celebrated their 60th birthdays and I became an aunt again on a happy and scary day. My dad’s 60th birthday brought more excitement then it should have had, with my twin nieces being born on that same day, three months early! Thankfully, they are doing well. My 35th birthday brought us all together for the first time since the twins were born, so that was another major milestone. Right before that was the announcement that I am going to have another niece or nephew in May and then we managed the celebrate my mom’s 60th in a relatively uneventful manor. Christmas with the twins was fun, but next year is going to be better, with three little ones around! I’m looking forward to seeing what changes 2015 brings to my family and to see if certain shifts in family dynamics continue to improve.

Secondly, there were major changes at work. I endured a major shake up to what I had known for the past seven years and unfortunately, it wasn’t for the better. I still mostly like my job, but there are definite aspects that I hate. I feel like this is my tipping point. I feel very lost with respect to work. One of my friends unfortunately lost her job in the shake up and we talk about how much of your identity comes from work. When you lose your job or there becomes an unwanted shift, it’s amazing how lost you can feel. I think I’ve had a difficult time coming back to work after my two medical leaves and the changes did not help at all. That lost feeling has been there for awhile and I am trying to figure out how to adjust. I think this next year will bring some major changes with respect to work as I try to figure out what I really want to be when I grow up!!

Lastly, I have been trying really hard to balance my work with my crafting. I love being creative and like I’ve said in the past, the way my job has become has made it hard to be creative at work. I find that if I don’t do something creative, I feel stressed and anxious. It’s almost as though crafting has replaced my gym habit. I love making things for people that appreciate it. The only time that I tend to stress out with crafting is when I can’t get things done on time. Like the fact that I still don’t have my goddaughter’s scrapbook done and haven’t even started Elizabeth’s. (They’re top on my list, I swear!!)

I am trying to be more positive and organized in 2015. Because of all of my medical bills, there have been lots of things I have been unable to do. I am looking forward to being able to start traveling again, getting my house organized (and staying organized) and just staying on top of things in general. These past couple years have been extremely trying for me, so I am hoping that most of this is well behind me!!

I hope that your 2015 started off well. Happy New Year!

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Michele

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About scrapsecrets

Fairly new to scrapbooking and learning as I go. I wanted to share some of my tips with others who may be new to scrapbooking or card making. Feel free to comment or make suggestions on any of my work or ideas - I love feedback! Especially if it's about a new product I should try - I love getting new material! Check out my other blog thecreativeconsultant.wordpress.com for tips on party planning, ideas for party themes and how to stretch your party budget! *I do not get paid to endorse any of the products and/or retailers I talk about in my blog.*

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