All years are big, but 2016 seems to have made a bigger impact on most than usual. I’ve spoken to many tired people recently who declare 2016 to be a ‘bad year’. It’s felt like a sad, hard year for many. Terrorist attacks and war continue to pull people’s lives apart. It’s feeding the largest refugee crisis ever. In Australia we grappled with refugee policy and the treatment of minors in custody. Several people I know are undergoing treatment for cancer.
Hope seems thin on the ground, but there are good things happening quietly in the background. Global development efforts continue to reduce world poverty. A new drug that can make the most common form of adult leukaemia melt away got approved for use in the US. There’s also this list of great things that happened in 2016 to help boost your spirits.
For me, 2016 was a year full of great things. Too full, hence my absence in the later part of this year! We visited Peppermint Ridge for the first time. I got to travel to Queensland to celebrate my great aunt’s 100th birthday (more on that later). My work on the board of Creative Women’s Circle saw events hosted in multiple states for the first time. Fibreshed is continuing, especially now that the Knitalong is in full swing.
Most momentous for me is that I’ve decided to change career. It’s something that’s been a long time coming. Making the decision to leave my job is one of the scariest decisions I’ve made. I’m so glad now that I did. I’m moving into a new discipline called Service Design. It tackles the problems I’ve been fascinated by throughout my career. I’ll be working for a short time in Sydney in early 2017. I’m looking forward to sharing my adventures with you 🙂
Edited to add: I’m no longer going to be working in Sydney like I expected, but I’m sure I’ll still have lots of adventures to share with you…