I’m not going to lie, I had a hard time choosing a photo and a color for this last 52 Colors entry. I want to say that it was because I had more photos this week than usual to choose from, but it’s probably because this is the last week for my 52 Colors Project and I kept thinking about what color I wanted to end with. What can I say? I’m neurotic like that.
Ultimately, though, I ended up staying true to the same format I followed all year – a daily color I saw a lot of and noticed this week. It’s courtesy of the ginormous Christmas tree that decorated my sister’s living room, and I kind of like that I’m ending with a shade of green, since green symbolizes growth and new life. Even though I’m ending this project, it’s sort of fitting to pick a color that inherently symbolizes what comes next, don’t you think?
I’m not entirely sure what comes next, blog-wise, but it feels like it’ll be exciting. I’m finding it hard to make decisions since it still doesn’t quite feel like the end of the year to me. It doesn’t quite feel like I’ve been at this particular project for 52 weeks. But the calendar doesn’t lie, despite my inability to accept that it is, in fact, the end of December, the end of the holidays, the end of the year, and the end of this project.
How did that happen? Seriously. In some ways, it feels like hardly any time has passed. This year has flown by. That’s when I have to remind myself of everything that happened this year. I wrote down a list of things I did this year, and I thought I’d share them with you.
This year, I:
- Wrote 246 posts
- Made 70 color palettes
- Whipped up 22 individual Tip Shares
- Moved from Blogger to WordPress by myself, and even with a hiccup that sent both blogs down for hours, I did it in a weekend
- Learned to navigate the world of WordPress
- Moved off Etsy onto my own shop website
- Closed that same shop later in the year once I was honest with myself about the direction I wanted (or didn’t want) to go in
- Started a new shop to give me a place to house digital templates
- Learned (and am still learning) the ins and outs of digital photography and manual DSLR settings
- Had a computer completely, irrevocably die on me
- Wrote a pricing ebook to get artists thinking about pricing their work
- Collaborated on a massive business plan ebook/kit for artists
- Read 50+ books for fun, and a dozen or so for business
- Made a 30 Before 30 list
- Didn’t really finish my 30 Before 30 List
- Turned 30
- Took a handful of eclasses to broaden my horizons (like this one and this one)
- Created (and finished!) my own creative color/blogging challenge
- Created a digital kit for people to do their own color challenge
- Reconnected with my paints
- Traveled to a new city and explored familiar ones
- Got the hang of Twitter
- Coached a number of amazing and talented people
- Did some freelance graphic work for some really fantastic people
- Guest posted for some of my most favorite people (like here and here)
- Participated in a number of blog hops that let me “meet” more people
- Wrote down my thoughts on what makes an artist
- And saw the amount of visitors and blog subscribers more than double from the last year (thank you!)
There’s probably more that I forgot (I’m still a little jetlagged), and this doesn’t really include all of the ideas that have popped into my mind at 2 o’clock in the morning that may or may not have gotten done. Not everything has been completely “up” either (stupid laptop), but this year has been memorable for me, in so many good ways.
So, keeping that in mind makes it easier to believe that yep, the year is ending, and it’s been a good one.
How about you? Are you feeling ready for the new year? Glad for the old one to be over?