Rach Richter put up a challenge on her blog about our Top Ten Highlights of 2005. So here's mine in no particular order:
1. Going to Nepal. Seeing Mt Everest in real life. Getting another stamp in my passport. Bawling my eyes out at the airport from leaving the kids (You know that real horrible cry, the one where you nearly snort because your head is so clogged up? Yep - that sort of cry. In a toilet cubicle - imagine the echo sound of that, LOL). The whole Nepalese experience was just so amazing. I totally left my comfort zone and challenged myself. I love doing that.
3. My own stamp and scrapbooking range with Stamp-It. This has been high on my 'to-do' list for some time, and finally I got off my bum and did it! I've had so much fun with this, and have been so proud of the stamps and papers. I went to Perth in May to teach for Stamp-It and attend their catalogue launch night which was fantastic. I have lots of stuff coming out in 2006 that I can't wait to share with everyone too :)
4. My 'See Nepal' photography exhibition. I spent a lot of $$ and time putting this together, and seeing it on the walls was such a great thrill. I had a positive response from the exhibition, and for me it was just so rewarding completing the final chapter in the whole Nepal thing!
5. Zoë's first steps. Her first birthday. Just watching her grow into a little toddler. I love the toddler age more than the baby age (I get more sleep!) She's just so squishy right now. Big squishy hugs.
6. Seeing Ethan write his name for the first time without any prompts or help. I'd have to say this would probably be #1 on the highlight list. It just made my heart swell with pride.
7. My photography work. I've taken over 10,000 photos this year. I'm still loving it as much (if not more) than when I got my Photography degree in '94. I love how I can make a living off taking pictures. My greeting card range is distributed by Aero Images through Australia, UK, USA, Canada and New Zealand, and this year we've sold over 20 thousand cards. (yes, they're all handmade. My arms are aching!!) To think I started them just from a simple idea selling them in my local gift shop in '97, and now to this mass handmade production line. I have to tell the truth and say I HATE packing them. I don't mind making them, but putting the envelope in and then into the plastic sleeve - ahhhh - I go a bit mental if I do it too much! So I like to palm that job off to other people as much as I can! But still, it keeps me at home with the kids, so it's a nice job. I love working with Aero too, they've done a fantastic job getting my cards out there into the market. If you own a gift shop, newsagent, homewares shop or the like - contact Graham at Aero and he'll be more than happy to sell you a card or two ;)
8. Scrapbooking - stamping - all the creative stuff! I had a bit of a pitfall when My Reflections magazine came to an end, so therefore my role as Photo Editor ceased. But my woes were soon forgotten when I was picked up by another mag doing a similar type of article. It's so bleeding obvious to those in the 'scrapbooking world' of which mag it is, but I have about 2 weeks until that first issue will come out with my articles in it, so until then, I'm all cryptic clues.
I've also enjoyed successes this year in a few comps and other mags, books, and my biggest achievement was having my Black and White Photos for layouts CD finally released! Yay! Hope it has helped those of you who have a copy!
9. Doing stuff like Hot Air Balooning for my birthday, seeing The Lion King with Stew, and trying to have some more 'us' time. Oh and sending Stew off to Philip Island for a week so he can have some 'him' time while I had some 'scrappin' time! (when the kids were in bed at least!!)
10. Two weekends away with my scrapping pals! I really look forward to our weekends, and this year we crammed in 2 - and just as well cause times have certainly changed now for our little group, and I think it will be harder for us to get together all in the one place at the one time. Michelle is now off saving lives as a newly appointed ambo driver (as well as being a mother of 4!) so her hands are well and truly full, Simone has other things to worry about right now but she certainly has some new photos to scrap, and as for the rest of us, well, we're all over the place and just need to pull our finger out and make a date for next year! Anyhow, our weekends away are really great fun just to unwind, chat, scrap, chat, eat, chat... etc etc.
So there you have it. 2005 in a nutshell. Of course there are things that I have probably missed. Like my brothers EP Launch, which I'm very proud of! It has been a great year for many of us!
Thanks to everyone who has read this blog this year, and for your comments and feedback. I wish you all the best for a Happy and Healthy 2006!