It's traditional at this time of year to review how the last one went. I've had a number of highlights - taking on a line management role at work, three very relaxing holidays to Prague, Barcelona and Paris, taking up running. Sewing has also been a success - I made 22 items for me, four baby outfits (one to be blogged as soon as the little one makes an appearance), three selfless makes (bedlinen and two to follow as soon as I can get the photos), some Christmas themed cushions for a close friend and nine fabric baubles as stocking fillers (sadly no photos). I couldn't resist the call of the collage maker to share my top makes:
And for the items that I said goodbye to:
Yet, even with these highlights I can't shake the feeling that 2014 was a bit of "meh" year for me and I would like 2015 to be a little different. The back end of last year saw me spend most of my time battling with my head again and it wasn't easy. I'm not sure I'm fully out of that patch yet but I'm definitely getting back into the swing of things.
Which means goals and plans right? Absolutely! I'm still working on my sewing plans for the year. I'm hoping that pattern drafting will feature more and I'm planning an exciting winter project. I'm also taking a hard look at my stash to work out what is in there. However, my focus recently has been on how to better manage my moods, thoughts and actions so most of my goals are around these and I hope you don't mind if I share three with you.
- Running: I have a feeling that exercise will be key so I've set a challenging, but achievable, target of running 750km over the year. I even received new running kit for Christmas so there's no excuse now!
- Eating well: another essential component. I love cooking but have got into a rut this year despite having a number of decent cook books. I plan to use them once a week to bring a bit of variety to the dinner table instead of relying on well tested dishes.
- Picking up an old hobby: a neglected but loved past time of mine is reading. I've failed miserably at slowing down and picking up a book over the last couple of years so this year I will find the time. I plan to read a minimum of ten books over the year - they can be on any subject, any length, any format.
I'm hoping that these goals will help provide a little more structure in case there is a time over the coming year when I feel I can't keep up. I might post updates every few months and hope that you'll indulge me if I do.
I'd also like to take the opportunity to say thanks for following my adventures over the last year either here, on Twitter or in real life - your comments and encouragement are truly appreciated. I've said it before but the interaction with the sewing community is genuinely one of the best parts of this blogging lark. And now onto a lighter note - what are your plans (sewing or not) for the forthcoming year?