What have I done so far?

Journaling frames from my range of art stamps.

It’s not a new year yet – although it’s getting closer.  Can you believe how quickly the year has gone?  Because I have made it to this milestone, I’m already reflecting on the year so far.  I am looking back on the last year and a bit actually.  At where and how I started this adventure.  In some ways, it seems so long ago that I started.  In other ways, it seems like only yesterday.  I’m looking at how far I’ve come.  What went right and what didn’t go to plan.  What I could have done differently.

I’m asking “What have I achieved? Really Achieved?”  I’ve gotten to a point where I have my stamps in my hands after 14 years of dreaming.  And that is momentus to me.  This is the closest I’ve ever gotten to this dream – and I’ve tried a few times during those 14 years.

This time, I’ve persevered.  Through learning tech stuff that didn’t do what it was supposed to do even though I followed the instructions to the letter – I hate it when things don’t do what they are supposed to do.  Having the courage to let designers go who weren’t doing what they said they would – I hate it when people don’t do what they say they are going to do.  Hmmm… I’m seeing a pattern here.  By starting over when things didn’t go to plan.  By getting up at 4am to fit everything in.  And doing this all while holding down a full time day job, driving an hour and a half a day to get there and looking after my husband when his sickness puts him in bed for a week.

I’m also looking forward, wondering where I will be a year from now.  What will a year from now look like?  What will I consider a milestone this time next year?  Opening my Etsy store?  My first sale? The first time I re-order with my manufacturer?

What has been the milestone for you this year?  And what do you hope will be your milestone next year?  I’d love to hear your story.

Coral xo

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