Some thoughts on this year that's about to end

As I write this, I am surrounded by stacks of books, clothes and other items that must either be donated or discarded. Come to think of it, this major clean-up process is symbolic of how my 2015 has been.

At the beginning of this year, I've always felt the pressure to top my 2014. I've always found myself saying that 2014 was the best year of my life so far, and in so many ways it was. I started a business based on a hobby, I joined my first big art fair/bazaar, I worked on several projects that I would have never imagined myself working on, etc. 2014 was tough to beat.

Late last month I was thinking about my 2015 and how it's going. To be honest, I was underwhelmed. But writing this now, with some hours left before the new year, I realize that if 2014 was the best year for me creatively, 2015 is the best year for me in terms of personal growth, and that's something I should be proud of. I finally quit my day job after years of delaying, I legitimized my business by taking care of my government permits and tax documents, I survived the fallout with one of my closest friends,  I took a long solo trip to a country where I could not speak the language.  These were things I did not have the courage to do in previous years. 

2015 has been a year of shedding. Shedding of fears in terms of creativity, shedding of activities I no longer want to participate it, shedding of toxicity on the personal front. And even though the journey has not been as smooth as I hoped it would be, I will forever remember 2015 as the year when I grabbed the reins and took over my life.

It feels so good to begin a new year on this note. If there's one big lesson 2015 has taught me, it would be to believe wholeheartedly in the saying "Leap, and the net will appear." Have a wonderful 2016!