My Year in Review

The wild business empire is not a place of rigid paths and boundaries. In the wild business empire, I collaborate, invent, iterate, experiment, and explore. I teach others what I know about branding and strategy; I help dream up projects and write them into being; I write and write and write, and then I take breaks to read and cut my flowers and stake my tomatoes.

A wise woman I know got me in the habit of reflecting, every few months, on what things in life—from the very small to the very large—are worth celebrating. It's so easy to lose track as the weeks fly by, and as projects or new steps that may have seemed thrilling or uncertain become incorporated into our routine, we forget what a big deal they are. So here's just a brief look at what I'm celebrating about 2015. 

Highlights from my work-life

I helped my favorite repeat and on-going client, SoundVision Productions, launch the podcast The Adaptors. I loved getting to work with the uniquely talented Flora Lichtman, scientist and artist. 

I wrote my butt off—stories about the amazing and the transformative for Upworthy, and lots of work on my own projects, both those I had coming out of grad school and new ones I started this year. I’m grateful to still be writing, and for my monthly writing group's support and camaraderie. 

This was also the second season that I ran Backyard Bouquets. Flower-growing continues to be trickier than imagined and always lovely—peppermint zinnias, Mexican sunflowers, and red cotton plants were such beautiful surprises. I’m grateful for the new connection I made with Rachel Gordon, the fellow flower-lover and entrepreneur behind Taproot Flowers. It was a pleasure to work with her and to watch her business ... bloom. (Ever notice how many business metaphors are garden-born?)

Then in the fall, one of my oldest friends and I co-taught a craft class and workshop called The Shape of Story. I’m really grateful for her collaboration, because I’ve wanted to try this for a long time, but couldn’t have done it without her! 

Highlights from my year in books

A little bit of history, great new literary stuff, a sprinkling of self-help, badass lady celebrities, and inspiration.

  • The Mayflower
  • Sex From Scratch
  • Do Your Om Thing
  • Not That Kind Of Girl
  • Bossypants
  • Daily Rituals (How Artists Work)
  • The Happiness Project
  • Americanah
  • 10:04 (Or was this a 2014 read? Either way, highly recommended. And I spotted the author this summer at a table near me in a sushi restaurant, making it extra relevant.)

Returned to the library unread:

  • The Now Habit (about procrastination!) 

Highlights from my life-life

I watched friends usher some brand new, very special, extremely adorable people into the world, and I saw some gorgeous parts of the world: The Olympic Peninsula, national parks in Southern Utah, rural New Hampshire, and the Hudson Valley. New Year's Day 2016, I'll see Joshua Tree for the first time, and I can't think of a better way to start the new year. 


Budapest: A Twinkly, Twinned City

What Happens When You Go To Maine Late