Happy 2019! Yes, yes, it’s already the third week of January, but can you blame a girl? The holiday season can really take a toll and I often find myself needing at least a week or two (maybe three!) to recover. The start of a new year brings many things, the hope of joy, the excitement of a new beginning, resolutions that may or may not be followed through, perhaps even a bit of fear of the unknown?
Regardless of what 2019 brings, I want to wish you the best and I want to share a few resolutions of my own that I’m working on this year. I’ve combed through my mental list of resolutions, so here are my top four!
- Sew (at least a little bit) Every Day. This may seem like a no-brainer to some but for many sewists, myself included, this can really be a challenge. I work in a sewing store five days a week, and I barely get to sew! Finding time in a busy schedule to relax can be difficult, but taking time to unwind and stitch even for just 15 minutes a day is immensely therapeutic for me. If you’re a planner, try scheduling time each day to sit down at your sewing machine. If you’re like me and are definitely *not* a planner, take the time when you can; head into your sewing room instead of sitting down in front of the TV. (Or do both! I oftentimes set up my computer and watch Netflix while sewing!) However you are able to fit time into your busy day, make it work and enjoy the time you get.
- Become an Organized Person. I am the world’s worst organizer. My type B mind just doesn’t jive with structure and I prefer to *wing it* most of the time. However, I recognize that there is great value in maintaining a more organized space. I’m not expecting to become an organized person overnight, that just isn’t realistic. But my goal is to gradually, over the course of the year tackle different aspects of my life, so that by 2020 I will have a good framework from which to operate! The first thing on the list you ask? My fabric stash. It’s a mess, random assortments of fabric scraps, yardage, and pre-cuts shoved into my closet with reckless abandon. Not pretty and not helpful. If you have suggestions on how to organize my stash, please (please!) let me know!
- Be a Learner. I teach *a lot* of sewing, quilting, and embroidery classes. I love it and I’m super passionate about it, but it’s easy to fall into the rut of rote teaching. My hope is that while I’m teaching I can also learn from my students. I always love when students have questions that I haven’t heard before. Working through challenges while helping people learn is my favorite aspect of my work at Sew Suite Studio and I’m so thankful that I get to do this everyday!
- Live For Every Day. This one may seem silly, because obviously I’m alive. But I want to take advantage of the best opportunities available to me and appreciate the people and little things in life. I have a tendency to let small inconveniences ruin my entire day and write that day off as a bad day. My husband is really good about maintaining a positive attitude about everything. He doesn’t have “bad days” he has “character building days” and he tries to look at all the good things that happened instead of the one bad thing. That attitude is what I’m bringing into 2019 with me and my hope is that it will show through to the people I encounter every day at Sew Suite Studio.
My hope is that by sharing my sewing resolutions, they will become a reality for me and maybe help you this year too. What are your resolutions this year, in sewing and in general life? I’d love to hear your thoughts and tips on keeping resolutions!