According to my Facebook feed, 2016 has been a year that most of my friends are happy to see leave (“goodbye! don’t let the door hit you on the way out!”). Election results, death, humanitarian crises around the world, job loss … the year has certainly packed a few punches.
For me personally, I’ve had worse years although yes, it was a sad year in which I lost a close family friend to cancer. I look back at 2010-2011, a period of two years where we faced a financial crisis, and then on top of that, my own cancer diagnosis and for good measure, a herniated disc. All in all 2016 it has actually been pretty good to our family.
- My husband found a great job after leaving his consulting position at a startup; he’s happy with the work and the people he works with.
- Our son entered high school in the fall and is doing well. He’s in honors-level classes and has made first-honors with his grades (first-honors = A average).
- My mother’s myeloma roared back in the fall, but this was mostly because she wasn’t taking her medication as directed. It was some work for me and my stepfather to get her to become a “compliant patient” (my mom can be “feisty,” lol), but once we got her on a regular routine of taking her meds each day, her myeloma went back into remission. This was HUGE good news because it meant her medical team wouldn’t have to go to plan B, or chemo drugs that I’m not sure her slight frame could bear.
- While my father and stepmother went through a divorce, they’re still together … which probably makes no sense to anyone except for my family reading this. It’s a long story, but suffice it to say, this is good news. 🙂
- My dad is heading toward 80, but he’s in fantastic shape and still working.
- I went into business with my long-time co-author. We haven’t made a ton of money YET, but it has been good for me to have a focus. We released Money Shots in the fall and will be releasing a third edition of The Renegade Writer early in 2017.
- My sweetie bought me a new car this fall, so we’re back to being a two-car family. This was after being car-less for two years.
- We spent 10 wonderful days in Germany this summer visiting family.
- And lastly, we have a new family member to look forward to this spring. I’m not sure how public this news is so I’ll leave it at that. Suffice it to say, I’m very excited about the prospect of baby knitting/sewing. 🙂
My knitting and sewing projects took a hit in 2016, mostly because I was so busy with my new business venture and taking care of my mother in Connecticut. I’m not sure I knit anything that memorable — no sweaters, maybe a half-dozen socks for the sock drawer. For the last few months, I’ve been working on baby knitting, including a large project that I can only work on at home. (I get a lot of my knitting done in the car, in waiting rooms, etc.)
I hope you had many good moments in 2016 that you can reflect on and wish you all the best for a happy and prosperous 2017! Until then …