On one hand, I try not to buy into the New Year’s hype too much. The “new year, new you” stuff sort of gets under my skin. But on the other hand, I love a fresh start. A clean slate. A chance to set new goals and intentions. And an opportunity to reflect on all that has transpired in the past year– the good, the not so good, the in between.
Materials used: Cold pressed watercolor paper, watercolor paint (Winsor and Newton professional tubes, Ivory Black), small round brush.
Goodbye, 2015. Hello, 2016.
2015 seemed to be marked by change (almost all good, but a bit unsettling nevertheless). I left my career to be home with Grace and welcomed a second (equally adorable) baby to our family. I found new ways to engage creatively, new ways to fit in exercise (while toting around a toddler), new concealer to hide the ever darkening circles under my eyes, and new ways to pass the time waiting for our little one to arrive (did I tell you about the time I hired a graphic designer in Pakistan to help me Photoshop Clark into a picture with the President and VP?). I’m leaving 2015 feeling both grateful for all we’ve experienced, and relieve to be moving on to the next chapter.
And I’m greeting 2016 feeling hopeful. I’ve got a few specific goals in mind for the year, and will share those soon. In the meantime, I’m filling a Champagne glass with ginger ale and toasting to the year ahead.
I hope you have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve, and a lovely 2016. Thanks for all of the love and support during 2015.
Also On Tap for Today:
- Family-friendly ideas for New Year’s Eve from the Whole Foods Market blog
- Counting down to midnight in my finest yoga pants and bathrobe with a hungry newborn
- How to set New Year’s Goals That Actually Feel Good from Kristi
How are you feeling about 2015? And 2016?