2015 Year in Review

My little word (AKA 'my one word') for 2015 was "live".

My intention behind this word was to remind myself to put less energy into work and more into life. I love my job and company, but being in a high profile, warp-speed and stressful environment for years was taking it's toll on me and my house. It was time to change before I/we hit a wall.

Looking back, just putting this specific lens on my life enabled us to enjoy many amazing moments. Here's a recap of our household highlights from 2015.    **WARNING - LOTs of photos**

The Top 5

  1. Harrison's 18th
  2. High School Graduation 
  3. Conner's 15th 
  4. Off to College! 
  5. Azores, Portugal Vacation

The Next 5
  1. Tim's 40th
  2. Water Polo CCS Champions
  3. Ski Trip
  4. Enjoying my hobbies and interests
  5. Christmas at Home

Fun with Family & Friends 
It was so nice to spend quality time with friends, family and colleagues. I spent time getting to know our newest extended family members under the age of 5, making new friends through my volunteer work as a Team Mom for Baby #2's water polo team and leading the seamstress production efforts for his school's annual scholarship fundraising fashion show, honing my culinary skills with my Cooking Club peeps, and working on mad board game skills.

Fun @ the Office
I went on my usual tour of trade shows right after the new year for work and Wow! Embossing Powder: Consumer Electronics Show (CES) & Craft Hobby Association (CHA).

One cool moment at CES this year was having a business meeting with the infamous Shaquille O'Neal to work on potential partnerships. The other cool moment was winning eCommerce Retailer of the Year from Monster (well know for their Beats headphones) and seeing the Steve Miller Band at their private concert right after. (Yes, I know all the words to their songs. My parents played a lot of music over my childhood.)

In April, I moved from the Deals team to a new team where I focus on growing retail businesses on our marketplace. I work across all sizes of sellers from small to enterprise, and my flagship service/product was a promotions-based service. Being on this team inspired me to amp up my own retail game and I opened up Papergloss on Etsy and at Amazon Handmade. I sell other goods on eBay, but hope to have Papergloss here soon.

I was able to take, not 1 but 2 convention trips for Wow! Embossing with the UK team in 2015! Bonus points for making it out to Boston for the first time! Checked Massachusetts off my bucket list, leaving 9 more states to visit.

I am positive 2016 will present us with a new and different set of memories, experiences and learnings. I plan to be ready to see new perspectives as I 'focus' on what is important. What about you? 

From all of us to all of you, we wish you all the best in 2016! 

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