At exactly this time last year I was also full of excitement for the coming year ,and made plenty o' plans to make lots of creative stuff in the coming months. And I did accomplish some of my plans! Last year I completely re-arranged my sewing space:
And I made some cool stuff:
But despite those accomplishments I still had plans to make and do and blog about it all even MORE!
However. I neglected to see how much free time I actually had, or to take into consideration my other responsibilities.
I kind of burned out towards the end of the year. No one (without help from family or paid staff - which I only wish I had) can really do all that I was trying to do at once. That is, hold down a part-time work-from-home job, be a full-time stay-at-home mom, take on day-to-day responsibility for an elderly family member, be a full time housewife, AND also find time on a regular basis to be creative enough to produce consistent work. Still, I felt like I should have been able to do it all - and that I should have been creating MORE.
This year, I am taking a completely different approach by making an effort NOT to make any grand plans for the year, or to put any big, serious goals on my creative time. This year I know that my creative time will come in small here-and-there chunks. Instead of pushing myself to make anything serious or big or daunting, I'm choosing to just make whatever I feel like at the moment. I've found that just finishing a small project here and there is enough to make me feel creatively contented at the moment. And I've also found comfort in the thought that my time commitments will be shifting soon enough when Fidget enters school full time.
On my short sewing to-do list is finishing up the vintage scrap quilt started last year, it's on my quilting table and I can do a little bit at a time until it is finished.
Also on my short list, a few more baby blankets for friends who are expecting a new bitty baby this year - one of the bestest reasons I can think of in the whole world to stitch some bits of fabric together!
On that note, I hope you are having a fantastic start to the new year, and I wish you all the best with your personal New Year's resolutions, proclamations, plans and goals. May the sewing-force be with you in 2014!