a really happy January

Last year was actually a really good year for me.

  • I didn't go blind.
  • I began planning a wedding.
 We found a spot that will hold 30 of our friends and family members for 5 days. I. Can't. Wait.

We found a spot that will hold 30 of our friends and family members for 5 days. I. Can't. Wait.

 

  • My sister visited! And agreed to be my maid of honor.
 We chased waterfalls.

We chased waterfalls.

 

  • I became Creative Director at PBN.
  • Became one of 4 designers in the company on the National Content Team.
  • I made new friends that I can't imagine my life without. And reconnected with some I had lost.
  • I moved to a house with a mango tree.
 The front yard is just as cool. Flowers to come. 

The front yard is just as cool. Flowers to come. 

 

  • I saw my family at Christmastime.
  • I found out that at some point I paid for a year of Amazon Prime. The happiest accident when you live in Hawaii.
  • I went snorkeling for the FIRST TIME. And managed not to drown.
  • I explored the Big Island and saw lava. 
 This was my college senior final in 2010. I was obsessed with geology due to a course I had just taken. It still fascinates me. So, just imagine my excitement when my past and present collided in a fiery spectical. Literally. I was rattling of all of the facts I had gathered for this project on the walk to the lava. 

This was my college senior final in 2010. I was obsessed with geology due to a course I had just taken. It still fascinates me. So, just imagine my excitement when my past and present collided in a fiery spectical. Literally. I was rattling of all of the facts I had gathered for this project on the walk to the lava. 

 

  • I made a book sculpture.
 I love when things light up and twinkle. This one was so much fun with so much color. Plus I bought my first ever backdrop. Maybe this year I'll build a studio :)

I love when things light up and twinkle. This one was so much fun with so much color. Plus I bought my first ever backdrop. Maybe this year I'll build a studio :)

 

  • I got a tent! Yay camping!
 Na Pali hike, here we come!

Na Pali hike, here we come!

 

The list could keep going. Sure, there were rough patches in the year but the moments I look back on - for me personally - were pretty fantastic. 

This year has started off pretty fantastic, too. On Friday we had our company holiday party. It was so nice to be out of the office laughing and spending time with each other (off deadline). Once everyone got there I was so honored by what happened next. I was announced as Employee of the Year. PBN hasn't given out the award before and I don't have words for how honored I am to be the first.

I work with a very small team and every single person could have been chosen without question. The fact they chose me meant so much. I have so much trust and freedom there. They allowed me to hand paint this year's Book of Lists cover. Making an aloha print  - that wasn't tacky but not too trendy but still Hawaii - was SO HARD. But everyone was supportive and gave great input. That support really makes me love what I do.

 Would you wear it?

Would you wear it?

For this year, I'm working on being more in the moment and not stressing about things beyond my control. That means giving social media a rest. Election season about wrecked me. I'm keeping my phone in my pocket more and having more conversations with those around me. I decided that rather than read about all of the ways I can make a difference, I'm actually going to do something. I've started taking the bus to work. Not only am I saving ($200 a month... and that is still with me purchasing a monthly bus pass), I'm also purchasing way less fuel and I have time to read books. And our new house has solar powered hot water - which I LOVE. I am watching much more closely where I put my dollar.

Thanks for reading my ramblings. 

brb