The general consensus is that 2014 was a hard year. So let's put it to bed and move on.
I do like this holiday; there's something a bit nice about the idea of starting fresh. And of course we can do that every day or week or month, but it's nice to have the prospect of such a large chunk of time devoted to getting a bit better. I like to choose resolutions that focus on growth (as opposed to those that focus on whittling down; you all know what I'm talking about). Though I rarely do resolutions myself, to be honest.
I started this year with a freshly organized stash.
(Trust me, it needed it!)
I started this year with the cutest babies on the planet. They even play together nicely sometimes.
I started this year with this great guy by my side. Every step we take, we take together.
I started this year off with a finished group quilt top, ready to be quilted by yours truly. It's a stunning top and Tash did so much work to make it happen.
And another long term WIP just about finished. So far 48/64 blocks are done; the last sixteen are just waiting to get started.
A good start to 2015.
My husband and I usually drive the babies to sleep. We talk in the car, and listen to music, and it's actually time for us to reconnect as partners, not just be parents. Sometimes we drive to a nearby hill we call the Sunset Spot. Tonight, on the first day of the new year, it did not disappoint.
My friend Amy chooses a word every year, and I think that's a good idea.
I don't know if I have a word. More like a set of ideas. Scaling back my involvements (no blog hops, swaps, bees, or running anything) was a hard but important decision. Piper starts preschool and the parental involvement is really high at her school; I want to be present for that.
I want to write every day. I did this for 2.5 years and it was amazing. (I write probably 27 days a month, so this isn't a stretch for me. Sometimes it's ten words, sometimes it's ten thousand.)
I want to connect more. I'm anxious, introverted, and naturally a homebody, so eye contact and learning names is terrifying. (I tend to put on this bright, false face and just talk the whole time.) So working on that would be a step in the right direction.
I want to sew almost exclusively from my stash.
I want to keep thinking critically and increase my knowledge.
I want to read more books (and mostly books by female authors). I want to seek out points of view of people that aren't already represented in my life, to gain better understanding and insight. I want to act with intelligence but more than that, compassion.
I want to do no harm, but take no crap.
There's a lot more, but that's just what's at the top of the pile right now.
Happy New Year, everyone. x