Welcome 2013!

Wow, a whole new year.  And we are already three days into it?!  If that’s any indication of how fast this year is going to go, I’d better buckle up and strap on my big girl boots for this crazy ride.

A New Year's Kiss

A New Year’s Kiss

I haven’t been one for New Year’s resolutions for quite some time now.  I always save that kind of life-changing stuff for my birthday in September.  But I do usually get sort of a contact high from all the brand spankin’ new resolutions other people are making and huff off those feel-good fumes for a while when the New Year starts.  For some reason this year feels different.  I don’t feel as optimistic as usual.  Maybe it’s that “13” hanging out at the end of the date getting me down with its ominous presence, or maybe I’m just worn out.  We’ll go with worn out.  Who wants to feel down on a year that’s barely started, just because there’s a 13 at the end?
I’ve been thinking a lot though, about what I’d like to do with this new year.  And I’ve got some plans.  Here’s a few (and you’ll just have to wait for the rest!):

  1. Knit from stash.  I know I know.  I say this EVERY year.  But for some reason I feel abnormally committed this year.  I knit a ton of Christmas gifts this year from stash and it felt good.  I’ve got more than enough and there’s no money in the yarn budget to speak of for the upcoming year.  So it’s time.  I have a ticker down in my sidebar that will keep track for me how long it’s been since I purchased yarn.  Specifically, I haven’t purchased anything since November 23, 2012.  That doesn’t seem like long, but for me that’s EPIC.  I am instantly deleting yarn ads I get via e-mail and avoiding all the yarn websites I usually stalk.  I can’t purchase or lust for what I don’t even know exists!
  2. Challenge my knitting skills. This year I’d like this complacent knitter to learn a few new tricks.  I want to tackle Brioche Stitch, Entrelac, and knit myself a sock using the Judy’s Magic Heel technique I learned at Sock Summit 2011.  I’m sure there’s more, but those are just a couple to start with.
  3. Be more present. Some days I find myself so caught up in the everyday chores, childcare, and household management stuff that I forget to take a breath and stop to enjoy the special moments each day that would reveal themselves to me if I only took the time.  I need to learn to recognize those moments for what they are and let the other stuff go so I can experience them fully.  Easier said than done, but a worthy goal just the same.  If you’ve got suggestions, I’ll take ’em!
  4. Be a better person. There is always room for improvement :)

Hope your New Year is off to a fantastic & optimistic start!  Wishing you all the best for 2013!


5 thoughts on “Welcome 2013!

  1. All the best to you too for this new year!

    I like your third area of focus – being more present. This makes such a huge difference! A client just told me she’s realised she’s spending a lot of time (and wasting a lot of energy) projecting herself in the future, and what I suggested her might (or might not, that’s ok!) be of use to you so I’ll share it, just in case. My suggestion for her was to stop and notice when she does it, so as to be more conscious of that mental habit, and to find a small “anchoring into the present” practice that she’d like (mindful breathing, or simply observing what’s going on in her body, her feelings and sensations, whatever), one that she could do in five minutes, ideally every day, so as to get a better feel for what it’s like to be anchored in present time. This might be a starting point or provide a spark of an idea for you – if so, great! And if you feel that this doesn’t fit, feel free to send the whole thing to the great cosmic waste basket!

  2. These are all wonderful goals! I especially like #3. It is so easy to get caught up in the daily routine, and even more so with a little one.

    Good luck!

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