Hello…? Is anyone still there…? I’ve got a wordy and personal post for you today!
It’s been a little while since my last post as I took a couple weeks off from the blog to spend time with family and just relax and unwind from a whirlwind year. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen all my overgramming (it’s a word) of what I was up to.
Now that my bags are unpacked and the laundry is mostly done, I wanted to spend a little time reflecting on 2013 and sharing my 2014 resolutions.
2013 was the year of the blog… this blog. It was the year I found the courage to start something new where I would share little bits of myself. Where I put myself out there, unsure of what would happen. I’m glad I did, because the journey has been amazing!
2013 pushed me, creatively, in ways I couldn’t imagine. I was picked to be a contributor for the 2013 Sewing Rabbit Team and I’m beyond blessed for experience as it helped me grow and also provided me with a fabulous network of creative ladies to chat with – all of whom I now consider friends.
In 2013, I went to a sewing conference for the first time. It was such a great feeling to be surrounded by like-minded women and network with some of my favorite bloggers!
In 2013, I sewed. Lots. More than I ever had before. I released my first free epattern for a faux fur ear flap hat and I was over-the-moon thrilled when my Running Belt Tutorial Post went viral (it’s still my most viewed post to date).
2013 was a great year.
I’m not usually one for resolutions, but I wanted to write some down here for accountability. I find that when I make a resolution in my head and don’t share it with anyone, it’s really easy for me not to stick with it. So, here are my resolutions, sewing/blog related and personal, for 2014.
Sewing / Blog Resolutions
1) Sew the Stash
I might have a teensy problem where I buy fabric without having a project in mind for it. It has caused my fabric stash to grow quite large (much to the dismay of Andy). I will start sewing my stash in 2014 (so I can make way for MORE fabric)!
I also have quite the little stash of patterns building up. I will to sew through most of those patterns in 2014.
2) Make it Personal
The majority of my posts from 2013 were tutorials (18 tutorials in 8 months!). I didn’t write too many personal posts and I want to make sure I do that more. I want to get to know YOU and also allow you to get to know me on a level more than just my favorite fabric choices and tutorials.
3) Get Organized
Also, I will track my blog expenses. This is something Andy has been encouraging me to do for a while and something I’ve been resisting (for no real reason) just as long. If I want to play in the big leagues, I’m going to have to start treating this like a business.
1) Find My Inner Julia Child
My cooking ability is very limited. I think since my mom is such an amazing cook, I never needed to learn how to do it! When I went off to college, I survived solely on baked sweet potatoes and cereal and I still revert to those habits regularly. In 2014, I will learn and make one new recipe a month.
2) Embrace the Moment
I am a very regimented person. I like having lists and checking things off. Sometimes, I think I get so caught up in what I need or want to do next, that I forget to appreciate the moment. Life is about the journey, not the destination, and I want to make sure I soak up every minute!
3) Seek Minimalism
I’ve always been a bit of a pack rat. I attach sentimental value to pretty much everything and I love shopping. This year, I want to work on editing down my possessions and stop acquiring quite so many new things… especially new things that we don’t truly need. I think this will be my hardest resolution, but one that my wallet, our tiny apartment, and Andy will thank me for.
In keeping with my resolution to Make it Personal, I want to know what you think! Do you have any sewing or personal resolutions that you are working on this year? Do you have any easy recipes I should try or tips for how I can stick to my goals? I’m all ears!