I think it’s clear to everyone that 2020 was not expected. I can go on and on about the dumpster fire of a year we’ve all experienced, but I wanted to end this year on a good note, and look at the silver linings of 2020, and what I’m looking forward to in the new year!

I got married! On April 4th, 2020, against all odds of the booming COVID virus, having to push out our big celebration, my parents & best friends unable to fly due to traveling restrictions and safety, the possibility of driving to Tennessee to not be able to get a wedding license cause of business shutdowns, I married my best friend. AND I got to have my beautiful baby girl (dog) as our flower pup for the ceremony. We got married at the Magnolia Venue in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. And it was one of the most magical moments in my life.

I got a new house! It was the end of last year, when I was amidst my busy time of my job. Josh’s parents and grandma were here for the holidays. One day, I was working, they went out to look at neighborhoods that Josh and I had planned to look at and buy in–well December of 2020. That weekend in December of 2019, we bought a house, and moved in the following July. And I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. The color, the layout, the neighborhood, and it’s neighbors. One of my favorite-est things about the neighborhood is that we have a group of neighbors who love playing beach volleyball, and prior to the time change, we would play multiple times a week! BUT, my most favorite-est thing is just being able to have actual space to host my friends and family. OKAY, I lied. My most most favorite-est thing is my craft room.

I passed two of four parts of the CPA exam! I feel like if you follow me, you should know by now that I am an accountant. Not the most ‘fun’ job. But as career development, I’ve chosen to torture myself by taking the CPA exam. CPA stands for Certified Public Accountant, by the way. The CPA Exam consists of four, four-hour sections: Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) and Regulation (REG). And I have to pass all four sections within 18 months, earning a minimum score of 75 on each part. Here’s my journey:

  • FAR 1st Attempt: FAILED (I expected to fail)
  • FAR 2nd Attempt: FAILED (I tried my hardest, and failed by 3 points)
  • BEC 1st Attempt: FAILED (I thought this one was going to be easier, so I didn’t prepare as much)

Took almost a year break, since I started a new job. And restarted up, and with a new study approach.

  • BEC 2nd Attempt: PASSED
  • FAR 3rd Attempt: PASSED

As you can tell, FAR was probably the worst for me because it had the most material to study. It’s almost double the amount of information that the other three sections have–which is why I think I struggled the most. I also didn’t have that great of a study routine for the few times I’ve taken the exam, but I’ve learned from my mistakes! So here’s the passing the other two parts in 2021!

This year was a year of creativity for me–this one is a bunch of art things, so I’m combining them into one section. During the summer, I was lucky enough to have been invited to be a Tombow Brand Ambassador. They send me their products, and I get to play with them and talk about how much I love them. You can read more about it on this blog post (if you haven’t already), but it’s has been seriously such an amazing experience, and I’m looking forward to continuing with them! During the fall, I had the opportunity to create a fall blog post for Let’s Make Art, and we all know how much I absolutely adore this company. During the winter, I developed and taught my 1st version of a Lettering Workshop! It felt so great to teach and see everything come together! I’m hoping to fine-tune it and be able to officially release it to the public by summer of 2021. And over the course of this entire year, I’ve also grown so much in my art.

I’ve learned so much including digital lettering on my iPad, creating designs with my cricut, the art of painting humans/houses/pets, and really embracing my own personal style–ALL of which you’ll be seeing a lot of next year. AAAND I do have quite a few art things already planned for 2021, so be on the look out!

Now enough about me. Here are my wishes for YOU. I hope that you can pick out some good things that came out of 2020, despite all the craziness. Did you get closer to your family and friends? Did you become more aware and compassionate? Did you receive any sort of act of kindness from someone? Did you learn a new skill? Did you get a puppy? Did you realize something about yourself when you were forced to take a step back? Did you acheive any milestones? I hope you did.

If you answered ‘no’ to all of those questions, one thing to be happy about is that you are alive. And I’m happy you are alive too. Even in the darkest days, you can always turn back to the fact that in this moment, you are alive and breathing. If you have been holding your breath for all of 2020, this is your chance to take a deep breath, put 2020 behind you, and conquer 2021.

I believe in us. We got this.