A new year. A fresh slate. What’s on the horizon?
I admit I am one of those people who tend to ponder quite a bit before December 31st each year. Ponder the changes I’d like to see in myself, my actions, my hobbies, my life in general.
Be a better parent.
Be a kinder parent.
Be a more loving wife.
Be more gentle when I’m stressed out.
Be less stressed out.
Enjoy the DAY.
Flex my knitting muscles.
Read at all!
Listen to my children more fully.
Get out of bed with a smile.
Purposefully watch a sunrise.
Go birding more.
Keep a more complete birding list.
Attempt a county big year.
Enjoy my own backyard.
Be more “put-together” on a daily basis.
Stop concentrating on how quickly time passes & just enjoy the moments.
Lose a little weight.
Clean the microwave.
Clean my inbox.
Stop communicating with people like it’s 1898.*
*Side note: My best friend lamented to me in an email earlier this year that it seems like we communicate with one another like it’s 1898 despite the fact we email/text/etc…I laughed out loud when I read it, but, seriously, why does email seem to make communicating more difficult sometimes?
Okay there’s a lot, apparently, for me to do.
I do think I need to just get outside more on a daily basis for pure sanity’s sake–even when the weather is awful. We are a very active family as it is–we take a lot of day trips & walk/hike/bike/ski/snowshoe more than the average American family–but some days I find myself not even going outside my front door except to get in my car. Yikes! It seems contrary to everything I believe myself to be….
I would also like to gather all my birding lists together & commit the information to one journal. A journal like this one, but it’s out of print & I really do not want to pay so much for a used book. If anyone knows where I can get a new one, I’m all ears!
Lastly, I think I need a change in my knitting life. That sounds SO silly (especially to those who do not knit, I’m sure), but I feel like this last year has been all about my Etsy shop & knitting items for the shop. I’ve knit so many pairs of fingerless mitts this year I may wind up fingerless. I am an intermediate knitter who has allowed herself to remain stuck in that particular skill level for years for no apparent reason. It’s time to tackle new projects. I have never knit a sweater for myself. Not even a shawl. I’ve started dozens, but always ripped the projects out for whatever reason. I’m going to wrap up a few projects this month–a sweater for June, a scarf for me–and then shake up the knitting bag, starting with a basic sweater. For myself. Someone needs to hold me to this…if you find me sitting in a coffee shop this winter secretly knitting another pair of fingerless mitts, PLEASE take the knitting (leave the needles). I thus plan to either close my Etsy shop or at least queue most of the listings for awhile. I do, however, hope to collaborate again with Camilla over at Mountain Girl Yarns on another knitting pattern as it was so much fun the first time! I’ve been pondering an idea after viewing a photograph of an Anna’s Hummingbird spotted in Wisconsin this past fall–a very rare visitor! Inspiring.
So, despite the exciting anticipation of a fresh slate, I still find myself a bit somber when the year comes to a close. Probably for the same reason I get melancholy around birthdays. I really do not like how fast my children have aged…how fast I’ve aged….how fast my parents have aged…there’s a time, a season for everything, I know that…but I suppose I cannot change who I am at the core. The end of a year will always be bittersweet to me. I promise, however, to embrace the NOW more in the day’s ahead & try to face each morning with a smile. Find the joy in just BEING.
Being here right now is good.
If you would like to share a resolution you’ve made for yourself, absolutely please do so in the comments section.