Another year has passed, and as we get older, we hope we get a little wiser. At Column Five, we’re lucky to work with a great crew of people, both the team here and at our sister companies Visual News and Visage. At a recent team meeting, we began to reflect on the last year and realized that we all learned some great lessons (both the easy way and the hard way). Some revelations were personal, some professional, some profound, and some practical—but all were a snapshot of where we’re at and a guidepost for where we’re headed. And so, we thought we’d share our collective wisdom with you, illustrated by our own Jenny Famularcano (who spent 2015 upping her calligraphy game). Here’s everything we learned in 2015. We hope you learn a little, too, and have a happy new year full of inspiration and great work.