Monday, December 28, 2015

This is Me: 2015 Edition

This is me. A 27-year-old caricature artist who owns my own business, I've been married to my high school sweetheart for over seven years and we have four beautiful little fuzzballs of happiness!  Witchy Words has been a labor of love for me that really took off last year, so I suppose I can now officially call myself a blogger too - a huge thank you to all of my amazing readers for that one. I couldn't have done it without you!

For the past three years, I've used a specific format to track my goals in eight different sections of my life. I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I'm at it again for 2016.  Given the stability of not moving, there should be some positive changes in store!  But before I can focus on the new year ahead, let's see where 2015 took me:

2015 started with a huge impromptu New Years Eve party at the Witchy Cottage!

The pets were strong and healthy, and all was well!

My career as a caricature artist steadily grew last year.

I added three new event agencies and a commission agency who contract me regularly for work.

My business growth meant I could finally purchase a Cintiq, and even get the new Companion! I'll eventually be able to digitalize my event services with this!

I continued to attend public rituals and volunteer my photographing services for the pagan community.

An agreement with Sabbat Box led to product reviews on Witchy Words.

These product reviews led to more product reviews, with limitations that the items had to be pagan/witchcraft related to best relate to my readers and no more than one product review a week.

Circle of Fountains grew and developed.

Close friendships formed, and we bonded as a family!

There were some hardships.

My husband developed a tumor that required two removals. We were fearful it might be cancerous due to the growth, but it thankfully came back as benign! Phew!

We had to say goodbye to the Witchy Cottage as the owner lost his job and needed to move back in.

We found a beautiful Queen Anne to rent...

... had a house cleansing...

... and then discovered structural damage just 30 days after moving in.

The owner couldn't afford to fix it and had to foreclose, so we had to say goodbye to the 30 Day House too.

But, even when things were hard, my circle helped pick us up off the ground...

... Because that's what family does.

I traveled to Florida to visit blood-related family.

While there, I confirmed that I'm 1/8th Blackfoot...

And met up with a friend to go to Disney World!

I left to Florida from the 30 Day House and came back home to our new home, Terra Luna.

I also came back home to my chosen family.

We had both a Halloween and housewarming party...

... And finally settled into our new home with our familiars.

In the meantime, Circle of Fountains grew even stronger and closer.

We staffed a pagan garage sale and have been asked to do two public rituals next year!

With the addition of Amy and Abby, we've even completed our Circle!

And, while I've had a few health bumps at the end of this year...

... It eventually cleared up and I feel much better!

I can honestly and truly say that we here at Terra Luna are excited to see what's ahead!

Now that the first true snow of the year has covered the ground, it's time to hibernate and turn inward for a bit of introspection.  What do I want 2016 to be like? Where do I want to go? What do I need to do to feel healthier, more rounded, better?

Like all good ideas, it starts with a plan.

This year's planner presented by AT-A-GLANCE.

Over the next week and a half, I'll be tackling each aspect of my life to come up with goals for 2016 that I think will improve upon 2015.  Join me as I try to make the very best of my new year!

Next up:
Reviewing 2015 Goals and Planning for 2016!

To my audience:
How did 2015 fare for you?
What was your favorite thing that happened?


  1. My 2015 was a whirlwind of bad things; lost my job early spring, a month later my roommate bailed and I had to move back home, struggled with a lot of physical and mental changes since then. But at least coming back home has given me the opportunity to go back to school without having to worry about rent and needing a job to survive.
    I'll be honest, I discovered this blog a few months back and it's helped me a lot :). It helped fuel the spark of interest into developing a spiritual side and doing that has helped me stabilize my anxiety somehow. Not to mention your planning has given me motivation to plan out my own goals for 2016. So thank you for blogging :D

    1. I'm so sorry to hear about all of your hardships! My husband and I came dangerously close to having to move back home in 2012, so I can sympathize. I'm glad you're able to see the positive side of it; good luck with your studies! I'm sure you'll do great. Thank you so much for your compliments! I truly appreciate it! Here's to a new year full of new possibilities!

  2. 2015 was a pretty good year for me. My husband and I have worked hard to improve our stability and this year has been the best year yet. My daughter and I got to visit my parents and brothers in PA in May which was fantastic since we usually only get to go down there at the holidays. I made some great new friends. I always love your planning posts! I'm starting a bullet journal this year, I've been experimenting with it this month to get into the habit. I'm pretty excited about.

    1. I'm so glad to hear that 2015 was good to you and your family! Admittedly, I've not heard of a bullet journal, but a quick Google search returned a lot of interesting images. I may have to look into it! Maybe I'll do it along with you!

  3. 2015 was a year of extremes, it seems like. We started the year out alright, but then severe family infighting started, which prompted the demand that we purchase the house that we were living in(family-owned)/renting. We had to foot the cost of repairing and bringing the house up to standards. We almost lost our loan due to people not knowing how to fill out paperwork, but it finally all came through and in July, Hubby and I became homeowners(I don't like our house, sadly, but it's an emotional thing for him). the family stuff started up again and the holidays were extremely stressful for me, since I'm with his family and haven't seen my own, who I'm very close to, in over 6 years.
    Going into 2016, we've come to some agreements, Hubby and I. We're going to focus on our family (us and little girl) and basically tell everyone else to shove off. We're going to improve our home and make it our own. We're also going to save some money so I can finally go home and see my family(both blood and chosen) that I've been forced to be away from for so long.
    I look forward to seeing your year come together and I hope my own does as well.

    1. Yikes! I'm so sorry to hear that you've had family troubles this past year. But at least it's helped your immediate family make some pertinent decisions that are sure to make 2016 better. Best wishes to you, your husband and your little girl going into the New Year!

  4. 2015 was a very important year for me. Last august, I was diagnosed with cervix cancer at age 26. It was truly the worst experience I've ever had to go trought, getting on the surgery table and waiting to see if the cancer was further than expected. But at the same time, it was also the best thing that could happen to me: having cancer made me realize what was truly important in my life. I changed a lot this year; I tried things I never did before and I truly started to be more active. I can now say that I never been that strong and healthy and I feel it's just the beginning ! Having cancer also changed my relationship with my boyfriend; he was so supportive, I could not believe it. He helped me in every way possible and we are now a way more strong couple. That guy even suprised me last december by asking for my hand :). So, even if I'll never wish to have cancer again (currently in a 2 year remission), I'm thankful for all the lessons this disease gave me. I'm totally ready to rock it in 2016 and to get married in 2017 :D !

    1. Cancer is tough to face, and it changes a lot of people. Both of my parents are cancer survivors, including my mom who had uterine carcinosarcoma at 29, so I can empathize. It was hard to watch her go through everything. I'm so sorry you've had to deal with that, but I'm glad it all turned out for the best! It sounds like things are going very well for you now, and I'm so very glad to hear it after such a scare like that. Congratulations on your engagement too! How exciting! Wishing you both the best for 2016 and forward!

  5. 2015 has been good to my family. My eldest sister became pregnant after a successful Beltane fertility ritual (she's due in January). I FINALLY started college after a couple of years of bad anxiety/financial aid issues. My middle sister got a job at a local coffee shop and is now a shift leader after only four months. My mother continues to make great spiritual and personal progress.

    That being said, I have been a little concerned as to my health lately. I have always been overweight, but as I have been on my feet more often in massage school it has really been impacting me negatively.

    Anywho. I love your blog. You have such excellent information on Paganism, and I love hearing about your life in general. I am glad to visit your blog and know that any view will be compensating you in a small way. You don't even have many ads at all, which is awesome. I look forward to reading your blog in the months to come.

    1. Sounds like 2015 went very well for you, Kristina! I'm so sorry to hear that being on your feet more often has been impacting you negatively. Hopefully that's something you'll be able to tend to this year. Congratulations for going to college!

      And thank you so much for your kind words! I truly appreciate it! I can't wait to see what this year will bring.

  6. 2015 was a year of ups and downs. There was some strain in my marriage, but I think we've sorted that out. The company my husband worked for was failing, and he found new work at a company that paid $3 more an hour, and had a large hiring bonus, which allowed me to help out friends in need. I've been helped out by others in the past, so paying it forward felt so incredibly wonderful - words just can't describe the feeling.

    Sadly, our year ends with some financial setbacks but they are minor and can be overcome. With care, we should be financially secure again before Ostara.

    For me, the biggest change was accepting the pagan yearnings in my heart. My decision to give paganism a try for a year and a day was followed immediately by a sign from nature that I had made the right decision. I found your blog, and two groups on facebook that have treated me like a sister and helped me to grow.

    Best yet, my atheist husband - despite his initial reluctance in the face of anything religious - has accepted that I need a religion in my life and has started to become comfortable with the concept, so much so that he even has made a few back-and-forth jokes about it (as all couples do when the relationship is healthy and open).

    1. Oh! And I lost 45 pounds last year - and while the holidays packed 10 pounds back on, I'm on track to continue with my weight loss in the upcoming months and years.

    2. I'm so glad to hear that, for the better part, things worked out for the better in 2015! Even if you had a few setbacks and struggles, it sounds like you've come out on top. Congratulations on finding your path! I'm so humbled to hear that my blog could help. That means a lot to me. Good luck on all your plans for 2016!

  7. I always enjoy each post.Thank you Marietta for your've helped me finally start sharing my pagan experiences via blogging! I was always hung up on not having a custom layout OR not being as experienced...but as many have advised, "just write!". I like that you inspire others to share above. I just wrote a post tonight actually, and I will include the link below in case you'd have any interest reading.

    Thanks and happy new year to all :)

    1. Aw, you are so welcome! Thank you so much for all of your kind words. I've added your blog to my bookmarks and will check in from time to time! Honestly, keeping this journal here at Witchy Words helped me grow and focus more than anything else had before, so I'm sure it will be an amazing and excellent experience for you! Good luck and best wishes! Looking forward to your posts!

  8. 2015 was a hard year for my family. I had lost my job in December of 2014. Around that same time I found your blog and fell in love with it. I tried to get my self in gear with putting a plan together for me, but it didn't start to fall into place until July/August time frame. I still wasn't using your pentacle planner, but in October I started using it. I had one for each month at the end of the year. This year I am using it again, but I am going more in depth with it. I have one for the whole year and then i have one for each month plus one for my fitness goals for the next 6 months.
    In May we had to move and not knowing where we were going to move to put a strain on me and the classes I was taking. With that being said we were able to find a place, though a smaller one then we were living in but it was more affordable.(which is what truly matters). My children had a hard time adjusting to the town at first, but after going to summer school, they found some really great friends. I even found some really great friends and so did my husband.
    In August I decided to rededicate my self to my path. I joined a local coven and I am currently on my year and a day of study and have an event that I have to plan coming up soon. I feel that some aspects of my life are starting to come together. There are still some that need work. Those will be the ones I focus on this year.
    You even have me wanting to start a Blog. I have been Wiccan for many, many moons (I think it was spring of 1993 so over 23 years this spring) So any tips on getting a blog started would be great.

    Blessed Be