Thursday, 1 January 2015

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the festive season if you celebrate Christmas, had some well deserved rest and a good evening yesterday. I can't believe we've reached 2015! 

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:

2014 best makes

And for the items that I said goodbye to:

2014 goodbyes

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. 

2015
  • RunningI 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 wellanother 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 hobbyneglected 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?


11 comments:

  1. Hi, thanks for an interesting post! Great you've taken up running - have you seen Fehrtrade patterns for runners - the VNA top is great and you can get fabric specifically printed so that you get all of the contrasting pieces out of one metre. Happy New Year!

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    1. I have seen Fehrtrade's patterns and they look great. I didn't realise you could get the fabric specifically printed. I'm not sure whether I'm ready to sew my own active wear yet - I'll have to see whether I can make this stick before investing in sewing time.

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  2. You had a wonderful year for sewing and it has inspired me to get on with some making myself. I like the goals you have set and I look forward to hearing about how you have accomplished them over this new year. I run myself and can certainly say that it always improves my mood as does your other goal of reading more and I have a Goodreads app that allows me to set my reading goal for the year and where I can get lots of ideas and recommendations. Sewing wise I am hoping to attempt to make a dress this year after seeing all the gorgeous clothes you have made - thanks Claire for a great blog and Happy New Year to you!

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    1. Thanks for the tip on Goodreads app - very tempting to keep me on track. I hope you manage to find time to sew a dress - I would love to see it! Happy New Year!

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  3. Great goals for this year! I do zero exercise and am thinking I really should make that a goal for myself this year, but I am impressed by yours. I look forward to reading your updates. Happy New Year! X

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    1. Thanks, Helen and Happy New Year! Having a goal and being able to track it on a graph really helps me. Good luck if you decide to make exercise one of your goals.

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  4. Happy new year! May 2015 bring you much light & joy. And good luck with your resolutions! They are very sensible ones.

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    1. Thank you. Fingers crossed I can keep them going.

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  5. Congrats on a great year of sewing, and best of luck with your goals for the new year! I always enjoy the occasional post about the "real life" of bloggers, so those post are welcome in my book. :) Looking forward to seeing more of your creations in the new year.

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn. I'll definitely follow up with the occasional post on how they are going - more incentive to stay on track! Looking forward to seeing your makes too.

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  6. I also rejected reading for a while until i started to do everything with an audiobook. House work and menial task are the best to immerse on a good story

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