Having seen Mike of The Crafty Gentleman share an illustration of his top nine memories of the year, inspired by illustrator Abbie Paulhus, it seemed like a great idea to look back on 2018 and catalogue what I feel are the best bits for me.
This isn't about likes, this is about what I feel proud of or have happy memories of, and it's a fantastic exercise to do.
Celebrate your own 2018, not what other people liked about the photogenic parts.
- I joined LGBTQ Equality Weddings, and was recognised as a Founding Member, for giving my support from the start. Such a great bunch of folks, with admirable goals.
- I turned down or walked away from a couple of things, and was relaxed that I'd made the right decisions, rather than worried I was missing out.
- 50 hospital staff have been given my angel pins, as a very thoughtful thank you from a patient!
- Maths and decisions... I changed my prices and created more clearly defined ranges to make sure I'm paying myself fairly, and to offer better options to retailers and customers.
- Speaking of retailers, after about three years, I finally plucked up the courage to approach local shop The Two Birds Gallery, and they took on some of my items!
- Speaking of plucking up courage, I applied for different events, approached new retailers and became less upset about refusals - Because asking more also means I've found more opportunities.
- This year I tried more Steampunk events, and have had a right laugh at them. Tea duelling saw me randomly (it was picked from a deck) and amusingly accused of hurling a hat pin (I'd never!).
- Lots of wedding orders again through 2018, but a gent trying to get the right colours for his New Orleans themed wedding means fond memories of green and purple skulls. What ace choices!
- Trying more events means I spent a ridiculously jolly day at The Garage at Barton's old bus depot. A freezing venue, but myself and other stall holders were bopping to the music, chatting, singing along with customers, and scoffing fantastic hot fresh food. I'll be back there again in 2019.
Have a crack at your own REAL Best Nine
Not only does creating your own Best Nine mean taking stock, but also getting away from your social media and photos, and really into your own experiences.
It was interesting to think back over the year, with some things that I'd gradually put less value on but now realise are quite important for me. Some of the nine were obvious, whereas others I had to think a bit more.
I'd certainly suggest giving this a go yourself, either writing it down, having a doodle, or even using collage and getting really out there creatively. It could be your top memories, or a mix of memories and achievements.
What mattered to you in 2018? Should you try and do more of that in 2019?