As I sit here reflecting on the year that was 2017 I realize it was a year of two halves.
The Not So Good
In late 2016 I took on a new role with a different company. I knew it was going to be a challenge but nothing could prepare me for what was to come. I had the support of my colleague but we were both completely new to the industry, working remotely from the rest of our team, who were in a different time zone and our training left a lot to be desired. We were both mentally and physically exhausted working 10-12 hour days. So, after 3 months in the role I handed in my notice. A tough decision to make given me and Mr Purple Sprouting had just moved into our new home.
I decided I needed to take some time out to recharge my energy levels, collect my thoughts and just simply spend some time settling into our new house.
I started doing more of the things that I love such as crocheting, dyeing and reading. Things I hadn't previously had the time or energy for. I started to relax and feel better, more myself. I found myself smiling when no one was around or singing along to a song on the radio.
I soon realized that dyeing was like therapy for my soul. It makes me feel good. It fills me with joy to watch how the colours play with each other in the dye pot and to see the end result.
My confidence has grown to the extent that I had a stall at some of the local craft markets. I'm still amazed and thrilled that people want to buy what I make.
In September me and Mr Purple Sprouting managed to take a trip back to the U.K. to visit family and friends, most of whom we hadn't seen for 10 years. It was an exciting, exhausting but enjoyable trip. We took a few days out to just be 'tourists' and visited places we'd never been to. We even managed a day trip to Skipton for 'Yarndale' which was amazing.
I'm happier than I've been in a long time; actually I don't remember the last time I was this happy. Don't get me wrong, there are still challenges to overcome such as finding a part time job but bring on 2018!