I can’t believe that it is practically a week away from 2017 and I don’t think I’m alone in saying that they are just ready for the new year already. Before this last quarter, when looking back most of the year the positive things out weighed the bad but this last quarter really dragged me through the ringer. Let’s just say I’m hoping 2017 manifests a lot of vacation and travel in order to make up for it HA.
Anyways today I’m doing a reflection post that is bucket list related, but it’s not your typical bucket list, it’s more of an anti bucket list. I originally got this idea from my favorite blogger Olivia Purvis last year. If you don’t know Liv, she’s a blogger from the UK at “What Olivia Did” and I highly recommend you check her blog out. Anyways last year she came out with an Anti Bucket List for 2015. I really enjoyed this concept because instead of looking at gigantic things you wish to accomplish, you instead reflect on all the things that happen in the past year to really see how much you have achieved. Who knows, some bucket list worthy items might be on there but I like it because I feel like bucket lists seem almost too good to achieve when anti bucket lists serve to give yourself a pat on the back and celebrate the little victories that have led to a great year of progress/growth.
So of course after the crazy year that was 2016, I decided creating an Anti-Bucket list was a must!
1. I started painting: it seems almost jag dropping to say that I only started painting this year. In January to be exact is when I found myself going into Michaels with the sole intent of buying calligraphy supplies to come out with a desktop easel, a pack of canvases, paint brushes, and some paint. WOW! If I compare my first painting to my latest now, you wouldn’t believe the difference (hint to what next Friday’s post will cover hehe). Little did I know in January how vital painting would become in my every day life.
2. Sean and I moved into our first place together: in May of this year Sean and I moved into our first apartment together WOO! Now if you don’t follow me on twitter, or if you forgot, it didn’t go as smoothly. It took us three days of moving to actually sleep there and it took six attempts to get the internet/cable working. Yeah to be honest it was quite aggravating but now we love our first place.
3. I went to Portland twice: I first went to Portland in March with Sean and we both instantly fell in love with the city. Portland is awesome; great food, great community, great art. You name it! I went back up again in May with my mom, we had to drive up a car to my sister who goes to college up there. So it was pretty much a Thelma and Louise 12 hour road trip with my mom. The drive sucked, I don’t know anyone who would enjoy spending 12 hours in a cramped mustang but when we were in Portland my mom and I had a lot of fun.
4. I saw The Who: In the middle of May for an early birthday present for Sean, we went and saw the Who 50th anniversary tour and….they. were. AMAZING! Roger especially, he could still hit all the notes despite the fact that he had throat cancer and is in his seventies. It was actually Pete Townsend’s birthday that day! Regardless we had a blast and couldn’t believe how great they still were.
5. I saw Mudcrutch at the Fillmore: In case you didn’t already know, I’m a pretty big Tom Petty fan. Mainly because I grew up listening to his music because both of my parents and my aunt Sage are MASSIVE Tom Petty fans. I’ve been trying to see him in concert for a few years now but every time he came to the Bay Area he would end up playing on a Sunday or Tuesday while I was in college in Reno. So when I found out that he was coming to the Fimore in San Francisco with his first band Mudcrutch I knew we had to go. I loved it, the Fillmore is a very small venue where you stand in a room pretty up close with the stand. It made for a really causal and connected show, Tom would tell stories about certain songs, when Mudcrutch got started, and how he met certain members of the band. They totally rocked and it was an awesome experience.
6. I created Allie Crafts Art: In July I officially opened up my Etsy shop AllieCraftsArt, I decided back in May to open a shop because I had so many canvases. I still do because I just love painting that often, I figured why not put them up for sale. I have so many and create so frequently that I could have a gallery in my own apartment. So why not open my Etsy shop, it’s mainly for fun and for me and if my paintings sell it serves as a way to continuously support my painting hobby.
7. I participated in my first art show: In August, shortly after opening up my Etsy shop I participated in my first art show in San Francisco called Pancakes and Booze. I’m actually participating in the show again next month! I’m excited to see how I’ll do now that I know what to expect.
8. Sean and I went to New York: In September for our four year anniversary, Sean and I went to New York as our gifts to each other and to be honest I was really craving to be back in my favorite city. It was nice because our first trip to New York together we spent most of the time doing your typical touristy things like the statue of liberty and the empire state building. This time we really got to explore the neighborhoods and just walk around keeping our plans relatively open to allow for exploration or for us to stumble upon something we might want to check out
9. I saw Paul McCartney: I still can’t believe I got to see Paul McCartney in concert, to be honest I thought after we missed seeing him at Candlestick I wasn’t sure if I would ever get the chance to see him in concert. My sister and I were raised on the Beatles and Paul’s music. We would watch the animated Yellow Submarine movie and Beatles Saturday morning cartoons and I’m sure that I know all the words to every Beatles song deep in my memory. Anyways this was a big moment for me, Paul was amazing. Absolutely amazing, I was on a total Beatles music high for the next month.
10. I met three of my friends made through blogging: I’ve made a lot of blogging friends all over the world through the wonderful thing that is the internet and Twitter chats. The cool thing is that I got to meet three of them in real life. Back in March when Sean and I went to Portland I got to meet Callie Gisler. In September when Sean and I were in New York I got to meet Amanda Folk. Then lastly I got to meet my Daisy Uy from the Philippines when she was in the Bay Area for a family reunion. How cool right? It was totally awesome to meet in person some of the amazing friends I made through blogging.
11. I had an appendectomy: Well that wasn’t that great of an experience but it was till a pretty big thing that happened. All I will say is that trust me you will know when it’s happening. Dear god worst pain ever!
12. Sean and I got Luna: AKA the cutest puppy ever. Luna is a toy Australian Shepherd and has brought so much joy to our lives for the two weeks we’ve had her so far. Sean has never had a pet before so it is absolutely heart warming to see how much he loves that puppy.
So that’s pretty much everything that happened in 2016 minus more car maintenance than I would have liked to pay for but I mean who wants to read about that. I’m very much looking forward to 2017 and see what that brings. I would love to know about your year, let me know some of your highlights from 2016 in the comments.