Bring on 2014!

I realized it’s been months since I’ve posted anything – there has been so much going on since April. I’ve been sewing, paper crafting, knitting, and being very productive – but life has been calling and documenting these pursuits has had to take a backseat.

My dear friend, the recipient of the diaper bag, had her baby (a girl) prematurely. The details of it all are scary to say the least, but both mom and baby are doing wonderfully now and I had the opportunity to go visit in October. I’m in love with the little midgette (as we lovingly refer to her as, and yes the misspelling is intentional).

My granddad celebrated his 90th birthday, a milestone we did not expect him to see given his health challenges in recent years. We celebrated with a huge party at a local casino with the family and all his remaining friends from across the country who were able to attend. Unfortunately, we lost him the week before Christmas but he was peaceful and at home with the family he loved. My granddad was really more like a father to me all my life so losing him was easily one of the most painful, heartbreaking things I’ve experienced.

I am definitely not one to dwell on the negative, there have been a ton of exceptionally great things that have happened since my last post. Most of them are those little day to day things that make me realize how lucky and blessed I am in this life.

So that brings me to today – I don’t really have enough output to have much of a recap for the year as far as sewing/creative pursuits are concerned, but I do have a jacket muslin cut out and ready to sew and some other projects lined up. There are going to be some job changes and other things coming up in the near future and it’s time to buckle down and focus! If my grandfather’s passing taught me anything, it’s that life is short, but it’s also long and I need to make the most of it.

2014 is going to be the year of ME. I’m (obviously) not going to lose sight of my responsibilities to my family, my employer, friends, or any other obligations I have undertaken. No, this is more about not blindly saying yes to everything everyone asks of me because I don’t know how to say no. I am going to work on saying “no” more often and focusing on accomplishing MY goals for ME. The better I am for me, the better I can be for everyone else in my life. I have a manageable set of goals for the year sewing-wise that I think should be attainable if I maintain my focus and set aside “me time” to work on them. My husband is thrilled since it means some serious stash-busting, and it’s always nice to have the support of your family in this type of endeavor.

Bring on the New Year!!! I am so excited I can hardly wait!

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