The new year always seems to sneak up on me. I rush and rush to get my work done at the end of the semester, Christmas is gone in a flash, and suddenly I’ve got to learn to write new numbers for the date (which always takes me longer than it should, for some reason. Maybe it’s my brain’s natural reaction to change).
2009 has been one long rollercoaster; it contained both painful losses and new additions, joyous celebrations and periods of uncertainty. Perhaps it’s due to half the year being filled with feverish wedding preparation, but 2009 has really gone by in a blur. Looking back at my goals from last year, I accomplished them about halfway. My crafty goals seem to have gotten thrown aside, but I’ve achieved many of my personal goals, which seems like a win. This year I’m just going to write a bit about what I’d like to do, learn, and accomplish, and the kind of person I’d like to become. This may not be very interesting to many of you, as the list is really so that I can get it out there and hold myself accountable, so please feel free to close this window and come back for my next post, where I’ll show you one of the four unfinished objects I’ve converted to FOs over the past two weeks.
And so, looking forward to 2010, here are things I’d like to do, in no particular order:
- Be kinder and more gentle to those around me. I can be quick to anger and some what callous, and I need to consider others’ feelings a bit more.
- Work on my own negativity. I want to be the kind of person who looks on the bright side a bit more often. The people I love are bastions of positivity, and I would like to return the favor.
- Be healthier. J and I have fallen into a very bad pattern of eating out because it’s convenient, and the MI winters lend themselves easily to a more sedentary lifestyle. I’m hoping to drink more water, do more yoga, and eat lots of healthy, vegetarian soups.
- Practice mindfulness, paying attention to what I’m doing, thinking, feeling, etc. I want to experience a bit more and stop rushing through my life. I’d like to find the time for quiet moments, whether they be in the morning over coffee or in the evening before bed. Multi-tasking has really gotten in the way of my truly experiencing the things I hold dear.
- Spend a LOT less time in front of my computer. I plan to check my emails/facebook/etc. 3 times a day, and that’s it. That sounds like a lot, but having wifi in the house makes the internet way too accessible. I can’t resist it. This will also allow me to spend more time with the people and kitties that I love.
- Destash, both in the knitting and clothing sense. I don’t need new clothes or new yarn, and I will only buy what I truly need. My own tendency toward being a magpie in shopping situations is rather intense, and I come home with things I don’t/won’t use. I’ve been working on this, but there’s definitely room for improvement.
- Take it a little bit easier on me. I’m a work in progress, and I’m trying, and I need to be okay with my less than perfect self.
- And finally, try as many new things as possible, and with an open heart. I’m not very good with change; it causes me a whole lot of anxiety. I want to take deep breaths, feel that anxiety for a second, and then move through it. Life is full of change, and I’ll get along a lot more easily if I just go with it.
I haven’t really included crafty goals, other than the continuing destashing, because I don’t want to think about my hobbies as things that need to be accomplished. I want to continue enjoying knitting/spinning/sewing, learning new techniques as I go and truly slowing down to enjoy the process of creating. This seems to fit well with the personal goals I’ve listed above.
So there we have it, folks. I’m hoping 2010 is a bit more quiet than 2009, and I thank you all for reading along as we go. Happy New Year!