Like many others, I won't say 2016 was a stellar year - globally or personally.
I won't recount all the global issues... you've all lived them... and personally - well let's just say this year was "challenging". It's not my worst year (I'm pretty sure that was 2010), but I'm not sad to see the back end of this one.
It was of course marked by the loss of not one, but both my boys, just weeks apart.
Many of you know that Dave is a guitar teacher. However, he teaches privately, which means he's a lot like a hair dresser in that he has to keep up his clientele to earn a living. In 2015, he was working between two schools, and doing quite well. Unfortunately, the atmosphere at one of the schools was quite toxic, and after an agonizingly long time, he made the (correct) decision to leave.
And while it was better for his (and thus my) mental health, it literally halved his income. And it's taken more time than expected to build up his clientele at the school he stayed with.
I count myself lucky to have the job that I do - I can cover our living expenses - but only just. And with vet bills, car repairs, and other unexpected expenses... 2016 has been one heck of a financial juggling act. And there where many times I wondered if I was going to be able to keep all the balls in the air.
2016 also so some health challenges with myself (my back mostly), my father, as well as Dave's grandmother. She's pushing 90, so it's to be expected, but it doesn't mean it's any less stressful.
But as much as these things darkened our days... 2016 held many bright spots.
I was able to rescue this little guy from the shelter
There were great days with best friends
Happy New Year, my friends! Wishing you all the best in the days to come.