I spent some time thinking through resolutions for this year. It was easy to see that I was starting to get myself in a bit of a rut. Lots of things needed to change if I wanted to start pushing myself onwards and upwards.
Usually I start the year with lots of resolutions and try to do them all at once. That inevitably fails. I get disheartened and that is usually me done for another year.
So this year, I set myself up with a series of life challenges. I didn’t give myself a target for any of them. For me, just a positive step in the right direction will be a huge personal success.
For me, this concept has been much more successful as it has given me a real focus. They act as guiding points to help me keep my personal growth on track. Writing this blog has also been really helpful as I writing the posts gives me a chance to reflect and record my personal achievements.
The support from all of you (my very lovely and inspiring readers) has also really helped keep me motivated. So thank you so much for all of your advice, help and support this year. You have really helped increase how enjoyable the experience of blogging is.
This has been on a bit of a pendulum. There has been a lot of changes with my home and job alterations, so the change of routines are something that I’m having to slowly adapt to.
Diet: Ranging. I am trying to consciously eat more fruit. My attempt to give up caffeine did last for a few months. But I have slipped back into caffeine with my new shift pattern (3:oopm until 10:30pm). If I want to get up at a reasonable time in the morning I am having to caffeinate myself. I also really enjoy coffee.
**Going to give up anything non-water for 10 days in June 2015 as part of the RNLI H2Only challenge. Check out my progress here **
Exercise: rather excitingly I have managed to actually become a bit of a runner. Although, I must admit that this has slipped a lot since starting my new job. But I plan to start swinging past the gym occasionally on route home for a run. The weather is a bit wet to run outside and there is a local gym that charges £19.99 with no contract. So that should get me through the winter!
With continuous inspiration from The Minimalists I have been attempting to par down my stuff. Moving house this year has been an excellent excuse for a sort through, but that is a really slow process.
My main trouble is still the amount of stuff I am bringing into the house. This is something I really still need to work on.
**This has been something I have been tackling this May – through the use of the #minsgame. Check out my progress here.**
Do more crafts
2014 was a lot of time spent dreaming and a lot less spent making. I knew that this had to change.
This has definitely changed this year. a lot more making has occurred and I’ve got to the point where I rarely leave the house without a knitting project in hand.
So I started with year with 2 projects:
- A patchwork quilt: This has made some progress this year. It has grown to a point now where trying to take it anywhere is not practical. Need to get this project out after Christmas and get it finished. Looking forward to having this in either the bedroom or the craft room.
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- Knitted scarf: This actually got finished this year. Which was really exciting. So my husband finally has a scarf for when his neck gets a bit chilly!
I may have also started (and finished) a few more as well:
- F.O = I have decorated a few rather plain looking mugs……
- F.O = Adapted some net curtains I used at my wedding for my craft room window.
- F.O. = In spring I dyed some daffodils
- F.O = Bobble hat – a chunky knit that was a pretty easy knit.
- F.O = A rainbow cowl scarf.
- F.O = Ribbed wrist warmers
- F.O = A pin cushion in a vintage milk jug.
- F.O = A cosy cowl scarf
- F.O = Small, simple knitted bunnies
- WIP = Knitted patchwork blanket – following the system from Art of Knitting.
- WIP = Soft knitted yoga top
- WIP = Wool balls hanging decoration
- WIP = Decorating my house
- WIP = An adult knitted blanket
- WIP = Cross Stitch Monopoly board (Harry Potter) – This is in very early stages. Hence the lack of pictures!
What I’m loving is the range of projects I’ve been getting up to this year. A lot of these were inspired by projects I’ve seen on other people’s blogs. It’s so fantastic to be part of such an inspirational community.
What I need to do this year – in addition to continuing to progress in my knitting – is get the long term projects finished. Some will be WIPs for a few more years I think. But I’m really enjoying all of the projects I’m doing at the moment.
Life is definitely happier when I’m crafting.
Do more reading
I’m not going to lie, this one hasn’t been particularly successful. In terms of absorbing stories, I have really moved onto audiobooks. This seems to fit in a lot better with my life-style. So I’ve tried to put a bit of a stop on book buying this year and there are books that have left the house.
There are a few books I’ve managed to read this year. But the reading challenge didn’t really work and I don’t really have the reviews as a priority, so I’m putting those on permanent stop. I’ll keep people updated of any reading I’m doing on my Instagram account.
A discovery of Witches. Deborah Harkness – Check out my review here
A Games of Thrones. George R. R. Martin – Check out my review here.
Complete the NCJT Diploma I signed up for in 2013
Hahaha….. well this has officially made 0% progress. There is never any cash prioritised to pay for the exams. I also never get time to study for it. It is safe to say that I don’t think this is getting done! I’m keeping the books through. They will hopefully be useful for improving my blog content.
Do more writing
I have been writing a lot more this year. This has included journalling, blogging and an attempt at a first draft of a new novel. I’m hoping to get on with some more of this over the Christmas period.
My other writing includes:
- My currently mostly unedited debut novel. I can’t promise exactly when this will be finished. It feels a bit like decided whether a child is ready to leave the nest yet.
- Another part written novel.
- My various Fanfiction stories. All Harry Potter. All need editing and most need finishing. University unfortunately had to take precedence. However, I still read the fan fiction (check out fanfiction.net) and so it would be nice to write my own again. It’s a great way to get feedback on your writing style.
- Writing this Blog. This year has been really exciting. It’s been so fun to watch this blog grow and if my following gets big enough I would like to upgrade the blog to have my own URL.