I can’t believe it’s been a year since you started your new job! I’m so happy to hear that it still feels like a 10. You worked really hard to get to that place, and it’s nice to see you enjoying yourself! And having a tight budget because you chose to have a tight budget feels so different from having to pinch pennies because you had no choice, right? It’s so much more empowering!
It sounds like you’ve spent the last year pursuing a more well-rounded life–creating things, dating, adopting a new kitty, enjoying your new job–which is a really inspiring thing to hear. 🙂
And I think it’s perfectly cool to say “creating is my passion.” Sure, it would be convenient to be able to narrow it down further for the sake of conversation, but I think it’s honestly more interesting to have multiple things you enjoy creating and are passionate about!