Thank you so much for your comments on my berry-licious wool jacket. I've already worn it once and will get a review written in the next few days with all the details.
In the meantime, it's only fitting that my first post for 2009 include some goals. Like many people, I've made and broken numerous resolutions over the years.
So I give myself permission to not have resolutions this year. Instead I've been thinking of things I'd like to accomplish this year.
More time with family and friends
There have been more times than I'd like to admit when I would much rather have been home reading a book or sewing a skirt or updating my blog than going to a social event.
However, my family and friends are important to me. If I don't give of myself isn't it rather selfish of me to expect to receive? So in 2009 I'm putting my family and friends ahead of my other busy "stuff".
Less computer time
Over the past year I've explored and used Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr and ...well, you name it. I kept telling myself that as a communications professional I needed to understand these "social media" trends, but that stuff can just suck your time away. So in 2009 I'm limiting my computer time on the social media sites. (But I'm not ready to give up reading all of your blogs - I enjoy that way too much.)
I'm going to look for more volunteer opportunities this year. While I do some volunteering with my clowning and face painting, my heart wants to do more. I don't know what it is yet, but when I find it I'll know.
I've been incredibly blessed and in my past there were many, many people who reached out and helped me. Some of them were "just volunteers" who will never know the impact they had on my life. It's time for me to make a difference in someone else's life.
Clear out the clutter
Simplify. That includes my sewing and crafting "stuff". I've allowed myself to accumulate more than I could ever need. I've made myself feel better by calling it a collection, but honestly when I have that much to choose from it blocks my creativity. Now I know some of you have bigger collections that I do and that's fine. Like I said, for me it's overwhelming.
Use it up
The past few days when I've sewn I have used only items that I had on hand. And I plan on doing so for as long as I can. It feels good to use a few pieces of fabric and have a bit of open space in the closet. For now I won't be adding more than the basics (thread, interfacing, etc.) to my sewing collection.
Oh who am I kidding? Y'all know I'm going to buy some spring Vogue patterns when they're on sale ....
So what do I want to master this year? I think for me I'd like to try and slow down. Choose a project not by the amount of time it will take me to complete it, but by what the end result will be.
My main sewing goal for this year is to complete the coat I began with the Great Coat Sew Along. My size changed as I began the project so my first muslin no longer fit. I have yet to begin a muslin in a new size but I think that would be a great accomplishment for this year.
Eating and exercise
What would a new year goal be like without some mention of diet and exercise! My goal is simply to maintain my healthy eating choices and to ramp up my exercise in an effort to remain strong and healthy.
Happy New Year to all of you.