Happy New Year dear readers! I hope you had a lovely festive season, celebrating however makes you happy.
We had just the 5 of us on christmas day & it was absolutely lovely. No stress, no squabbling, time to enjoy our gifts, play new family games & just spend time together. Although our favourite game, Cards against Humanity, is hilarious but not wildly family friendly. Slightly eye opening, the concepts 13 year old boys are familiar with these days! Despite discovering that my children know what anal beads are, the game was played pretty much every day with assorted friends and family. A little censoring the cards before playing meant it was kind of suitable for all the ages we encountered. It also meant that a 12 year old girl was allowed to drop the f-bomb without parental censure. That put a major smile on her face!!
I've never really made New Year resolutions. September feels like more of a resolution time to me, but I don't really make them then either! But this seems like a good time to think about what I want to do more of - or less of - in 2015. We have the ongoing battle to keep Matt in his special school so I'm not going to put any more pressure on myself with deadlines and goals. But this year I would like to do more of these:
- Wearing clothes I've made myself. I did more garment sewing last year than I have done for a long time. I haven't blogged about them particularily as I am dreadful at taking photos when I wear stuff. But I really enjoyed wearing the things that I have made - whether knit, sewn or crocheted. Some of the things I made were just perfect. Others not so much. But I've had more wear out of them than other clothes and I've enjoyed wearing them. I like to wear things I've made when I teach, or work in The Wool Stop. It's good for people that I'm teaching to know that handmade clothes are wearable outside of the house, can be comfortable AND look good too. So more clothes to be made & worn by me and for me. Very happymaking!
- More exercise. I started off well last year but was hit by a series of bugs & stopped exercising. I do want to lose weight, but more importantly I want to look after me. My body has been good to me depite all the abuse I put it through, and I want to start looking after it a bit better.I am not a naturally sporty person & would love to find a class or activity that just feels good. So that's what I am going to try to do. In the mean time, I am going to go back to walking a few times a week. I know it takes a chunk of time out of my day, but I know it makes me feel better once I've done it. So I'm going to stop making excuses and get off my backside a few days a week.
- Say yes to opportunities that excite me, but continue to say no to things that are not kind to me. At the moment, my creativity is at a low ebb. I know that once I know what is happening with Matt it will come back. But at the moment, deadlines & putting pressure on myself to submit for magazines, to do a book proposal, to say yes to any work - they're not good for me just now. The world won't end because I don't submit to magazines - I learned that last year when I decided that deadlines were causing more problems than I needed. So I will carry on being kind to myself and knowing that I'm lucky to be in the position where I don't have to hustle for every bit of work, and the work I do will be so much better for it.
Not very deep and meaningful really, but there you have it. Handmade clothes, exercise, be kind to myself. I think those are the kind of resolutions that I can keep. You can borrow them if you like ;)
Happy New Year, and I hope you have a truly happymaking 2015
By the way - I'll tell you the story of this next time