I like to look at the start of every new year with optimism, time for a new beginning, and everyone is looking to put their best foot forward with their New Year’s resolutions. 2016 was no different, which started off well. But we all know that 2016 went south with a contentious US presidential election, numerous celebrity deaths, and other negativity.
The beginning of this year started out hopeful with landing a new job working for an excellent Interior Design firm, Lindsey Runyon Design. I couldn’t be more thankful for the learning experience and being able to work with such a great team! The owner is an excellent mentor, and I also really enjoy working with the other designers who are supportive and fun.
Materials and Projects at Lindsey Runyon Design
Spring gave me some of my fondest Seattle memories. Being in Seattle for almost 2 years now, I learned a lot about the good and the bad, but one of my favorite things are discovering all the wonderful animals and farms. Earlier in the year, I had an opportunity to see all sorts of animals at the various farms that had newborn baby goats, pigs, and other little cute animals.
I also had the luxury of visiting Eastern Canada at the end of the Summer, a vacation which has been long overdue! It was revitalizing and inspiring to see the French influence on architecture and culture in Ottawa and Montreal. In Toronto, it was so stimulating to be in such a high foot traffic city. The last time I felt that vibe was when I visited Hong Kong years ago.
Good thing I had that vacation, because when I was back in town, the US election was in full gear. As a minority child of immigrant parents, who also happens to be a woman, I was disappointed in the outcome. Brexit was a bad omen of the growing nationalist movements around the world. I hope France and the other countries with elections coming up do not succumb to the hate.
Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada
Sadly after the election, there was an uptick of violence and hate-crimes committed towards minorities. It was disheartening seeing all the news articles about racially motivated attacks, slurs shouted on the street, and even a Swastika painted on the walls of Bellevue park in my own neighborhood.
As we look towards January 29th with trepidation, 2016 struck back yet again as we lost the Rebel Princess and her mother. I was recently introduced to the Star Wars franchise and just saw Carrie Fisher’s digitally recreated likeness in Rogue One, so it was shocking to hear about this so suddenly.
Overall, this year has been excellent for personal growth with a new job, great experiences exploring the ever-growing Puget Sound area, strong family relationships, and memorable photos (Hooray for the Sony a6000!), but awful, just awful for social and political growth.
With just a couple days before 2017, I’m glad this year is coming to an end. I remain hopeful for the new year, and will work hard at making an impact to improve and fight for what has been destroyed in 2016.
Have a safe Happy New Year! See you next year!
P.S. Here are some photos of chandeliers to brighten up your New Year celebration!