All hail 2015! It's going to be a good one, right? Really I shouldn't complain one bit. Our recent on-slot of annoying circumstances have just been hiccups and, despite them, we managed to eek out a magical Christmas, a delicious New Year's Eve celebration and a whole lot of playtime and creativity in between.
Here's a look at how the year shaped up over here at Calm Cradle Photo & Design, along with a few goals for 2015. (Click the photos to view the original posts.)
Personal: In last year's review post, I mentioned that as my girls were growing, I was slowly gaining more time to work on writing and photography projects in addition to my full-time task of keeping them alive. That was true for a few months of 2014 until we enrolled Cricket in a peanut desensitization clinical trial, which requires a lot of time at the clinic, a daily process of administering a dose of peanuts and closely monitoring for (and occasionally treating) reactions, plus an enormous amount of anxiety on my part. So that time I thought I was gaining at the beginning of the year? It disappeared again, and that's fine. That's what it means to be a parent. It meant fewer blog posts (36 instead of last year's 70) and a lot of nail biting, but also a sense that we are doing all we can to alleviate a difficult situation.
Personal: I want a do-over of my goal from 2014: "Perhaps my most important goal for the new year is to continually re-balance—and give myself a break when things don't go the way I planned." If today is productive and everyone is healthy and well behaved, then probably someone will be 104 degrees tomorrow and we'll have to cancel the rest of our plans for the week. And that's okay. I once lamented to my sister that it felt like I never accomplished enough and had fears of dying unexpectedly before completing my novel, traveling to a particular place, etc. Her response was priceless, and I remind myself of it often: "You won't care! You'll be dead!" Really, these are words to live by, people. Live in the moment. Try to re-balance when things get off-kilter. That's about the best we can do.