Saturday, 7 January 2017

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of 2016

My original plan was to do a wrap up of 2016 at the end of that year, clearly that idea didn't work. Instead I spent the end of December playing games on my computer and fixing my stairs.

While 2016 wasn't as horrible I hope 2017 will be even better, at least if most things go as planned I will have a great year.

The good:
  • It was a great year for crafting. My goal was of course to open three etsy stores, sadly I only opened two but I did finish several things for all three stores. I haven't sold as much but it's not strange considering I've not focused on advertising.
  • I still have a year (slightly less than a year) before my 30 by 30 mini bucket list is due, and while there is no punishment if I do not finish it I still hope to cross out every goal before the end of this year.
  • There are so many ideas I have about things, currently I'm trying to figure out the best way to stay focused on my crafty side, my writing side and my family side.
The bad:
  • Still no day job. I'm still applying for jobs but the marked is hard, unless I want to move, or commute 4+ hours every day again. After commuting 5 hours for almost 3 years I want to cut that in half at least.
  • We are also without a car, making certain things harder, like buying groceries, visiting the doctor or even going to the few job interviews I've had. Luckily I now live in a town that has buses, and if I really need to go far I can rent a car, but that's quite expensive . If I do get a job we'll buy a car, but until then we're saving our income every month, meaning that every month we're able to get a slightly better car.

The ugly:
  • The doctors thought my 9 year old brother had cancer. Luckily they made a mistake and it wasn't so, but there were two weeks of stress (especially for my mother) while we waited for the doctor appointment so they could be certain.
  • And as we're on the topic of something as horrible as cancer, how can I not mention the deaths of great celebrities? I'm not the kind of person who will stand in a crowd and shout, but there are those I admire, and some of them are no longer with us. Here is a list of the ones that saddened me the most. Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Anton Yelichin, Leonard Cohen, Gene Wilder, and then the year ended with a bang as both Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds passed away in two days. These are all people I've enjoyed watching or listening to, and while a few were probably because of old age most should live at least another 20 years.
  • Still on the topic of cancer, one of my grand-father-in-law has cancer, but his heart is so bad that the cancer won't be what kills him. His wife died a few years ago and that affected my husband quite a bit, at least this time he's making an effort to contact him more often.


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