This year has flown by! I swear that as I get older, time speeds up and the year seems to have only just settled into it’s routine when it finishes!
My absence from the blog has been longer than usual. Sometimes life gets so busy that something has to give – in this case it was my blog, and my business. Not forever, just for a short time while other things work themselves out.
The big news is that as I am writing this I am taking a break from packing up my house. I know! You turn your back for one minute and all of a sudden I am moving house! And that is part of the reason for the blog break – a whirlwind of decision making, house preparation, house hunting, etc has been occurring over the last few months. With my significant drop in income this year, and some complications that saw me have my children live with me almost full time (no complaints here) my finances took a dive and it was time to say good bye to the ‘executive style house’ in the ‘good suburb’ and look at different options for my chicks and I. Fast forward a few weeks and my parents (who live overseas) were visiting, and helping prepare my house for sale. One thing lead to another and now they are moving to Australia (again) and coming to live with the chicks and I on a new property that we have bought together. Again – I know! Huge changes!
The new property is about 20 minutes from where we live now, and is in the country. Yep – we are going to be ‘farmers’. Well, not really – it is only 20 acres and the land around here isn’t particularly fertile, so we won’t be primary producers, but will have lots of room for animals as pets, room to run, ride (bikes), play, etc. There are two houses on the property so my parents will have one, and the chicks and I the other. The ‘big house’ as we are calling it is truly big – I have choices about which room I will use as my sewing studio, and the chicks will all have space for desks in their rooms. The chicks will attend the same schools as they would have if we had not moved, but will catch the bus a bit more (it goes past our driveway).
2015 is looking very exciting as a result. With my parents in residence I will be able to work more, earn more, develop my business more, and still continue to support my chicks. The possibilities are endless!
Wrapping up this year and all that has happened would result in a blog post of thousands of words. 2014 has been eventful, to say the least. A few brief highlights instead then:
- The Human Brochure that I am part of is definitely a highlight. I have met some wonderful people, seen amazing things, and been exposed to parts of my town that I didn’t know about.
- Finishing up my career as a public servant was momentous, but right. No longer being defined by my profession has been liberating, and I have enjoyed discovering more about myself and my strengths throughout the process.
- Creating beautiful things continues to give me immense joy and my confidence grows on a daily basis.
- My eldest chick has finished primary school and heads off to high school next year!
- Selling my house has been emotional but is the right decision.
On the downside there have been some of the toughest times this year. My previously reasonably amicable relationship with my ex-husband is now gone, and I have had to make some really hard calls about what is good for my children. Adjusting my life to parenting a child with special needs has been a long process that has challenged me on every level. I have been exhausted for a large part of the year.
But overall, looking at the good, the bad and the very ugly, this year has had more highs than lows, and I am finishing on a good note.
To entertain your eyes, a brief selection of some of my recent sewing projects follows – custom orders, Christmas presents, and new ideas. I hope that this year is ending on a good note for you too, and that 2015 brings new adventures and excitement and love and laughter for you all.