It’s agreed then. I’m going to jot down my sewing thoughts and plans so I’ve got some sort of written record of them and, hopefully, I’ll feel a little more motivated to actually get some of them in the wardrobe!
But before I do that I thought I’d take a wee step backwards and lay the foundation with the stuff that driving my plans for the year. Namely, my priorities for 2016.
I haven’t made any New Year’s Resolutions this year, because frankly, I don’t have the bandwidth for that kind of pressure at the moment. But there are four main areas of my life that I want to tackle, other than the obvious ones of keeping the family fed, watered, educated and alive by the year’s end.
So here we go!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or should’ve gone to SpecSavers, you can’t help but notice that I’ve packed on a pile of weight over the last 12 – 18 months. This was triggered by a change in medication that prompted a huge and rapid weight gain that has proven particularly tricky to lose.
This has partially been due to menopause (can I just say here that I loathe and detest menopause. Hot flushes…I’m looking at you in particular!), but also partly due to recurrent chest infections last year necessitating repeat doses of steroids and antibiotics.
All this means that I’m starting the year feeling uncomfortable in my skin and determined that this year will be healthier. I’m focussing on the health in the hope that the slimmer will follow. Health has to be the focus. I was ill for nearly half of the year last year and I’m not doing that again. Also the amount of steroids I’ve been ingesting are detrimental to bone density, which I can’t afford to lose any faster as I get older.
So here’s the plan:
- I’m eating predominately gluten and sugar free. I did this for about 6 weeks last year and lost weight but more importantly gained energy and slept better. It’s not that difficult to do. I don’t feel deprived. I just need to be organised.
- Move more. I’ll be honest that I loathe exercise. I’d rather be knitting or sewing. Or, truth be told, cleaning the oven. I just have to suck this up and do it. I’ve already added a little gentle yoga to the mix, but not enough, and Hubby and I have started to learn to ballroom dance with the same guy who teaches the kids. But I need to find more ways to up the movement ante.
- Top of the movement list (other than yoga and dancing) are swimming, pilates, Zumba and weights. I need to bite the bullet on a gym membership and get my arse in gear.
This is the year we are moving house.
It’s going to happen.
It has to happen.
Half of our life is in boxes. We have outgrown this little house of ours. I’m longing for a dedicated sewing room and an office for the hubby. And the tidier more organised home that this will bring. Both of those things are carved in stone as “must haves” for the new house.
Our little home is back on the market. I’ll share more when there’s more to tell.
With a bit of luck and a fair wind we’ll be in our new home for the summer. Watch this space.
I’m currently retraining to be an accountant.
This is the funniest sentence I think I’ve ever typed.
Of all the jobs I ever thought I’d do, accountant never even entered my head. And retraining as I approach 50 is something I never thought I’d do. But my husband’s business needs an accountant and we might as well spend the money on training me to do it than keep paying someone else. That’s the whole reason for having our own business. We’re working for the benefit of our family, not lining someone else’s pockets.
So accountancy training it is.
It turns out I’m pretty good at it. That’s coming from my tutor not me. But I’m immensely proud of the work I’m doing on this course and the results I’m getting.
So this year I intend to pass my AAT Level 2 and commence my AAT Level 3. It feels good to be supporting my family in a more tangible way than food/drink/cuddles/clean clothes, even though they are undoubtably all they really need and want.
But this…this is good for me!
With the house on the market and life in boxes I have limited access to my sewing supplies, BUT I will still be sewing.
It’s been a long slow road to get to the point where I know what I want to sew, what I need to sew and what actions I don’t want to repeat in my sewing life going forward.
My next post will start to lay out my thoughts, rationale and plans. With some specifics on patterns and fabrics.
What do your plans for the year look like?
Do you have specific resolutions or simply some clear priorities?