We’re almost done with the first month of 2016 already. How did that even happen!? Every year, as I get older, it’s a definite case of ‘blink and you’ll miss it’. 2015 was certainly no different even though it was jam packed with events and memories:
- Alex’s step-sister married in January;
- I started my final subject at uni in March;
- I started the NEIS course (full time for 8 weeks at TAFE) the same day I started back at uni;
- my brother married in April;
- I finished uni in June;
- we married in August;
- two days after our wedding, our car was written off in an accident – thankfully we’re okay;
- Alex started his first graduate job in mid October;
- my cousin got married at the end of October;
- two days after my cousin’s wedding, we found out we’re expecting our first baby!
And that was only the first 10 months of the year! I neglected to mention that my brother and his wife found out they are expecting their first child at the end of February/beginning of March 2016, that Alex’s brother and his wife had their first child (a beautiful little girl) at the end of November, and Alex and I enjoyed a week in Perth for our honeymoon. Oh, and I graduated after four and a half years of study on 16 December 2015 with a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours, First Class). Phew.
Where did Little Goldfish fit in to my 2015?
That list up there, it’s a bit impressive huh? It was a tough year but I’m so glad I made it to the other side and am able to tell you all about it, even in point form. I had hopes and dreams for Little Goldfish in 2015 but with the launch of Alexie RicRac as part of the NEIS program, it was a little difficult to balance two businesses plus everything else that happened. That did not mean that I didn’t do some awesome work during the year: I designed and made all the paper goods for my brother’s wedding, and ours; plus I had several small client orders throughout the course of the year as well. It was actually the perfect balance given the circumstances of the year.
Where will Little Goldfish fit into my 2016?
So far, Little Goldfish is getting ALL of my attention in 2016. A fresh new look, more blogging, new designs, and hopefully a few markets before Spot (that’s our baby’s nickname) comes along. On the advice of my NEIS mentor, Alexie RicRac can take a permanent back seat, and my focus is now Little Goldfish, so that makes me very happy. Not that Alexie RicRac didn’t make me happy, it was more physically involved thus would be more difficult as my pregnancy progressed. I’ll still blog about sustainable vintage living at Alexie RicRac, but Little Goldfish and Spot will be my priority in 2016. Of course, with Spot’s arrival due in the first week of July, it’s likely that I’ll take a break for a few months from mid June.
We’re moving house over the Australia Day long weekend to really begin planning for Spot’s arrival, and of course with that comes thinking about how we’ll decorate Spot’s room, and how we’ll decorate our new living spaces. We’re keeping our existing furniture but we’re going to have new walls, new dimensions, and new colours. It’s a very long time since we’ve lived in a house with white walls (excepting the three months that I lived in a share house when I first moved to Melbourne, those walls were beautifully white) and had lots of natural light pouring into the rooms. We’ve got beautiful floating timber floors in an almost dark cherry colour, so warm and inviting; lush charcoal carpets in the bedroom; and a kitchen that’s big enough to have a small dining table.
Although 2016 will not be without difficulties, I’m definitely looking forward to everything it throws at us. Our next chapter is waiting to be written, and I couldn’t be more excited to see how it unfolds. I hope your 2016 is a fabulous one, and your story continues to surprise and love you.