So this is the part where we all get to brag about our lives...right? We'll take a break from our Weekly Adventures (more on this in a minute) to do a quick recap on our year. 2015 was just so good. We continued to live by our motto: work hard, play hard. We also put a lot of emphasis on prioritizing and letting go (more on this in a minute, too).
We worked, a lot. Jesse continues to work full time while running the videography business on weeknights/weekends. Kim has officially moved her focus from design to video. The business has continued to expand. We've had some really fun projects. We've traveled. We've met amazing creatives and business owners. We've had our share of growing pains. We've learned some tough lessons.
We traveled, a lot. For work and for play. From Virginia to San Diego, from Iceland to Hawaii, from the Florida Keys to Texas, from New York to Seattle, and a bit more in between. If there is one thing we've worked hard at mastering this year, it's how to maximize our time and resources.
We made a goal last New Year's Eve to really explore our city/state more. Should we ever move, we want to leave feeling like we really took advantage of what this place has to offer. We called them Weekly Adventures. The only rules were to explore one new thing (to us) every weekend, be it a new park, hike, restaurant, event, activity, etc.
Working on the weekends made this goal pretty challenging, but it has been well worth it. Playing "tourist" in your own town is important. You don't have to go to some far off exotic place to find adventure, culture, or fun.
We minimized, a lot. Yeah, words like 'minimal' and 'simplify' are super trendy right now, but it has been a game changer for us. One day I'll write an essay about this topic, we're that passionate about it. We've always done a little spring cleaning, and avoided a "cluttered" house. Over the last two years, this spring cleaning has turned into monthly purges of drawers and closets. We just felt this need to, yes, simplify our lives. But this year we realized two things about ourselves: we are really good at organizing and playing tetris. Our house never felt cluttered because we knew how to strategically organize. When we really started looking at the layers of stuff we had, we were horrified! We took a very VERY critical eye to our possessions and sold/donated/threw away half of our stuff, including one of our cars. We took this same critical eye and looked at our mental clutter. We looked at the to-do lists, the obligations, the hobbies we felt pressure to continue, the guilt over projects undone, etc etc etc.... and we let go. By doing this, certain priorities naturally rose to the top, and those are the things we focus our time/energy/resources on. Now we're working on building the habits that stop the clutter and distractions from entering our lives in the first place. This is where the real practice of Minimalism begins, in our opinion. We're not exactly where we'd like to be, but we have definitely seen the positive benefits.
I couldn't finish this without a word on our furry family member, Sir Winston the Pug. He does rule the house after all... or so he thinks. His stubborn personality has been a challenge and a source of laughter. You know what they say about dogs, "they'll do anything for their master's love and affection," "they love unconditionally," "man's best friend," etc. Well, I think he missed those lessons in puppy school. Ha! Sure we're his master...when we have peanut butter in our hand. ;) All joking aside though, he is a total crack up. He LOVES adventures, he gets very depressed when people don't say hi to him on walks, he is OCD (truly), he'll go sit by the door when it's close to the time Jesse gets home from work without me prompting him, he knows when I (Kim) put on anything more than yoga pants that something exciting must be happening, he needs privacy to poop, and is just a sneaky sneaky little guy. He is absolutely a part of the family. And we love him so!
And that, my friends, is the condensed version.
We feel very grateful for the opportunities that have come our way this year. We are grateful for the friends we have made. We are grateful for the time we have spent with family. We are grateful for the lessons we have learned. Here's to 2016!
With all of our love,