Hello! I had aimed to stop by here on New Year's day but I've just been so busy with the kids and having lots of fun! It's our first summer holidays together without me working and we've been keeping ourselves rather busy with trips out, sleepovers, playdates, eating good food with great friends, lazy mornings, games and so much more.
Anyway, 2013 was a good year, it had many ups and a few downs including losing my mother-in-law at the beginning of December. She passed away unexpectedly only four days after being diagnosed with lung cancer. It was extra hard because she is in the UK and we couldn't be there to help with the funeral arrangements.
The biggest 'up' was starting Handmaker's Factory and growing it slowly and steadily. I'm really enjoying what I'm doing, encouraging people to learn and giving teachers a space to share their skills.
So, resolutions, I know you're expecting them....I prefer to call them goals!
I plan to:
Read more fiction. I read zero fiction books in 2013 after finishing the last book of the Earth's Children series. I'd love some suggestions. I'm not a fan of chick lit and love historical.
Keep riding my bike regularly, attend the gym at least 3 times a week and fit in a few runs throughout the week.
De-clutter my home. Recycle unwanted belongings by selling them or passing on to someone who does want them before donating or throwing away as a last resort. I've been working on this already and have seen a huge improvement. I've sold books, toys, furniture, clothes, shoes and I still have more to go! I've even managed to make a little money in the process which has funded some new bunk beds for my girls and a few other things we needed but weren't in our budget. I'm a member of my local buy, swap & sell group on Facebook. You can check to see if there is one in your local area here. It's a great way to pass on your unwanted stuff, make some money and get to know your local community. It's also a great way to find good quality secondhand stuff that you may need, beats buying new!!
Save money by not buying unnecessarily, using what we have, creating less waste and selling what we no longer need (see above!). I've noticed a lot of food wastage which happens with three kids so I'd like to try to minimize this in particular.
Keep up with the weekly menu. Make clean healthy foods and order local produce.
Continue to grow Handmaker's Factory and have fun doing it. It's easy for me to get ahead of myself but I've learned over the past few years that slow and steady is best. I no longer worry myself over what others are doing like I have in the past. I no longer feel the need to compete or keep up. I'm happy with the path I'm walking and maybe I'll take detours now and again but I'll make those decisions as they come and think about what is best for myself and Handmaker's Factory.
Revisit Project 333 which means clearing out the wardrobe. I got started last week by selling on some shoes and clothes I no longer wear. Once I've done that I plan to create a capsule wardrobe of basic patterns that not only look good but also fit well. I may not manage to whittle my wardrobe down to 33 items but I'm going to give it a shot! I'm aiming for sloooow fashion, taking my time to make good quality garments that will last a long time and work well with the rest of my wardrobe.
Take the time to be present and creative and relax. I'm often thinking about what needs to be done the next day/week/month and we always seem to be rushing here and there thinking 'Once this is done then I can relax/make/spend time with...' but then the next thing consumes us and we're on that merry-go-round unable to get off. Well, I'm going to make the effort to get off more often like I have the past few weeks. It has been wonderful to spend time with family and friends, sleep in and do the things that never get done (I fixed a door yesterday that has been broken for a while and felt like I'd accomplished a great thing!)
And finally, I want to spend more time here. Last year was consumed by Handmaker's Factory and in the last 6 months I've not made the time to post here as often as I'd have liked. I aim to make the effort to take those photos I never get around to of the things I've made and share them with you here.
I'd love to hear about your resolutions or goals, leave a comment or add a link to your blog.
Happy New Year!