I'm going to need more than one post for all the things I'm proud of creating this year, friends. Thank you for the opportunities to collaborate! And read on for a chance to win one of my 2016 creations—a free subscription to one of my Quote of the Month Clubs. julia donaldson poem You know how I love reading. I had a ball drawing the book covers for the Book-Book section of Studio Yearbook One, so I drew a new one every week for this year's Summer Reading Program. Fun! And one of my drawings helped me connect with author Carrie Bloomston (thank you Instagram!), who let me illustrate her words for my 2016 Desk Calendar. Whew! More book love in 2015: *Creating the artwork above for a customer's bookshelf.  Collaboration really helps me do my best work. *Still reading aloud with my family. (Mostly with my son, as it seems my daughter's been knee-deep in college applications for as long as I can remember!) *Creating this bookmark to commemorate a customer's mother-daughter book club. Love this idea! bookmark by gina sekelsky studio Over the next week (or two), I'll be sharing other favorites from the year. It's second nature for me to look ahead, set my intentions, write my goals, and focus on the future, and not so easy for me to reminisce. But looking back, it's been a banner year for me in the creativity department and I want to celebrate that. Here on the blog and in my newsletters, I focus on the positive, but keeping a small business afloat for 20+ years has meant sacrificing in other ways. Sometimes I just need to say, Go Me! What are you really, authentically, honestly proud of from 2015? Tell me one thing in the comments on this post (or any post in the Best of 2015 series) and you'll be entered to win a one year subscription to my 2016 Quote of the Month Club or 2016 Quote of the Month Club: Faith. Enter by January 7th; winner will be announced here on the blog on January 8th. (When you comment, check the box to receive blog posts via email, then you won't miss the announcement that you've won!)
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14 Responses to Best of 2015, part one

  1. Delisa Taylor says:

    One thing I am proud of from 2025 is… I have had a Bible for about 8 years but couldn’t bring myself to us it. I felt deep down it was meant for something special. Well, this year I pulled it out and started journaling in it. A special sweet time to be spent in the word. I love it !!!!

  2. Your endless creativity inspires me all year long, Gina! I just love the wonderful reading quote and the whole idea of a Mother-Daughter Book Club. Your lettering on both projects makes my heart sing! I feel really, authentically, honestly proud of the way my One Little Word for 2015 has helped me to become more mindful of the small moments throughout each day! Growing more ‘present’ has been my most challenging OLW yet! I’m so excited about my new word for the New Year! ♡

  3. Mary says:

    One thing I feel really proud of in 2015 is that I tried (and succeeded !) in putting my phone away during family time. It makes life so much better!

  4. Heather says:

    I returned to work this past year after a 10+ year sabbatical to be home full time with the kids. My job is flexible, I work from home (with our dogs as my only colleagues) and it feels great to be back at it again in a manageable position with work I enjoy. Proud of myself…and grateful.

  5. Tina says:

    I’m a scrapbooker but have lost my mojo in recent years. Raising a family, the same family I want to scrapbook, kinda takes all my time. When I discovered your planner, I ordered it immediately. I have been able to jot down quotes, stick in little pictures here and there and practice my hand lettering. It’s become a perfectly manageable little scrapbook. Thank you for the inspiration I get every time I read your blog!

  6. Jude says:

    I am most proud of meeting, and now exceeding my book reading goal for 2015!

  7. Erin Pugh says:

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year, Gina! This past year has been a big one for me. I applied for, was accepted to and started working on my Masters degree in early childhood education. It is a lot of work but I’ve completed three courses already and am well on my way to warning that degree in 2017!

  8. Erin Pugh says:

    Ugh. Earning my degree! Not warning it.

  9. Linda Fuller says:

    2015 marks a year of reminisces for me. I know you mentioned that you don’t usually look back, but I have found that looking back allows for more opportunities to look forward. I am most proud of watching first daughter graduate from college and successfully pass her first college class. I am most proud of my youngest daughter taking on challenges and learning from her mistakes. I am also most proud of how each of my family members and self continue to set goals and develop our passions! Here’s to 2016!!!

  10. i love that you are celebrating…you! your creativity is a consistent inspiration to me as we seem to have many of the same interests so i particularly love seeing what you are up to. i’m a bit puffed that i decided at the beginning of the year i wanted to experiment with painting. i’ve never thought i could as i don’t draw, but i took a deep breath, signed on for some classes (online) and fell in love! as a result, i REALLY went out on a creative limb and also took some ‘drawing’ classes which may have been even more fun than the painting! either way, exploring this new art has been great for my creative confidence not to mention loads of fun. so many new ‘friends’ as a result and a new desire to try even more new things…so many crafts, so little time! here’s to 2016!

  11. amelia says:

    I had a pretty brave conversation with my mother this summer. real talks like that don’t happen very often in my family, so I am glad that I faced it well. maybe I will be better at having those sorts of talks more often in the future…

  12. Dawn says:

    Proud of more family dinners this year!

  13. Emily says:

    I absolutely adore the “I opened a book” poem… I have been looking for a printable for it.. and I came across your work. WOWZERS, your whimsical lettering just perfects this poem!!!!! Is it possible to order this in a printable? Or a print? I need this in my life. Please!!

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