So, it’s 2013, eh? I have very mixed feelings about this new year, and the one that just passed, so I hope you don’t mind if I get a little semi-serious up in here, just for a day. I promise it won’t stick!
My gut reaction is to say ‘good riddance to 2012’ and do my best not to look back. I’ve had a bunch of years like that recently. But if I really think about it, I mostly come up with good things that happened in the last 12 months. I still have so far to go to be who and where I really want, but still, I have to contradict my gut on this one and admit that 2012 was a pretty good start.
– I made some damn awesome friends this year, online and in real life, and felt my existing friendships grow substantially. That rocks so hard for me, because I’d allowed myself to isolate myself a little too much in recent years.
– We opened a business! And another one! Ok, little tiny businesses, but I made things up with my brain (and co-made things up) and people paid for them! That still kind of blows my mind.
– Very much unlike this time last year, when I felt like a goofy duckling eavesdropping on the cool kids, I feel like I’m gradually becoming part of this awesome crafty community. I’m so lucky to hang out with such talented people.
– I joined the &Stitches blogging team and have been allowed to contribute to their wonderful stitchy ‘zine as well. I keep waiting for them to come to their senses, but I seem to fit pretty good over there!
– I had a piece of embroidery hang on a wall in a Gallery. That’s absolutely In-Sane. (It’s still there, just for another couple of days, if you happen to be in Milton Keynes. If not, I’ll be sharing more about it soon!)
– I have blog readers! ME! Thank you all so much for stopping by, sticking with me, commenting and generally just being there. It means so much to me.
– And I made this stuff, among others (click through to Flickr for details on each project):
I didn’t make official, blog-published resolutions for 2012, but I think I did much more than I expected – if I’m totally honest, this may be in part because I didn’t think to expect anything of 2012. I had some basic stuff I wanted to do, but didn’t really think beyond that. Maybe it turns out that’s the way to go.
So what’s next? I have NO idea! As I said, I didn’t really expect to get this far even. So here’s some things I’d like to work on this year:
– I’d like to get something published. In a magazine, in a book, online – I don’t care. I don’t even know how to go about that really. Other than submitting a knitting pattern to an online magazine, I haven’t taken any steps towards that sort of thing yet, but it’s time.
– I want to post a tutorial or similar on this here blog at least once a month – I know I have loads of ideas I’m bursting to share. I can’t think of any off the top of my head, now that the pressure’s on, but I’m sure they’re in there somewhere. Please never hesitate to shout if you see something you’d like me to go into in detail!
– This one I’ve already announced to some of my family-based public: I need six months to myself, crafting-wise. I will gradually finish up those things I’ve started and owe people, but if anyone else is hankering for some handknit goodies, etc, they’re going to have to wait until July. I’ve seen a lot of resolutions like this on the blogs in the last few days. So many of us seem to feel like we need to claim back some selfish crafting time! In my case, I don’t necessarily want to make things for myself so much as I want the time to explore ideas I just keep adding to never-ending lists. So the next six months are for that.
– My daily time is becoming more organized starting now. I have already set aside specific time every week to work on knitting patterns, which normally get pushed aside for other things and linger for ages and ages. And it’s already working well – I have two patterns in progress now and I’m absolutely loving them!
– I’m not sure if there’s anything else specific, but here’s my general personal goal for 2013: Be More Positive. I tend to dwell on the negative and I don’t want to do that anymore. I could go into more detail, but let’s just keep it simple: Be More Positive.
So bring it on, 2013. I’m ready!