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Checking Back, Moving Forward

2015 was one of the first years I have ever felt relieved to end. It wasn't the worst year of my life, if I was to think of my life in chunks of 365 days, but there was an undercurrent of bleh-ness to it, a feeling that I've been anxious to let go of and move on.

Some of moving on comes with a change in me. I want to look at things differently, let go of some of the anger and bad feelings I've been carrying around, and frankly, just say Fuck It, and mostly do what I want. I want to be the person I want and not let those feelings and their accompanying bad-mouthing gremlins get me down.

Having the last days of December off of work and hanging out with my family and friends gives me a chance to slow down, relax and envision how I want to approach 2016. I certainly can't determine how the year will turn out, but I can decide what my outlook is going to be and what things I want to accomplish (because I'm the boss of me).

Since it's the thing to do, a few more resolutions:

♥I want to write here a bit more. I say that every year, so this time I'm going to attempt to plan a bit better and think of things to write about. Some will be knitting and ephemera but I'm also hoping to take what I often say on Twitter and turn it into something more than 140 characters. 

I did resolve to run 500km in 2015 and made by goal with a few kilometres to spare. 

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♥I've already set a goal of 600km for 2016. Running is good for my body and my mind so I plan to stick with it. I want to have a few less of those small bars and keep things more routine. I'd like to run a half marathon this year too. Let's see if my body thinks that's a good idea this Spring.

♥I subscribed to Ply Magazine after taking a class with Jacey Boggs Faulkner at Rhinebeck (see I need to blog more and tell you the cool stuff I do!) and have been trying to spin on Sundays to keep up my skills and learn some new ones. I also have a large stash of fibre that is so beautiful and I want to enjoy it. So Spinning Sundays will continue.

♥In 2015, I knit some stuff, but was surprised how many times I didn't knit because I was too tired/angry/drained/done. I would say there were almost no days in my past where I didn't spend at least 5 minutes knitting or on something fibre-related. In 2015, I sometimes went a few days with no knitting and it really bothered me because it's one of the things I do for ME and which I really love.

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That's 2015's finished projects. I'm casting on a bunch of things now so I have a knit for every mood. This year I plan to prioritize the little break that knitting gives me and make sure it's part of my day, even if for only five minutes.

I don't want to quantify how much or what I will knit, but instead, make sure that I'm knitting things that make me happy whether it be the process, the yarn, the product, or the time spent.

I wish you all a Happy New Year and hope you have plans for 2016 that make you happy! 

Comments

Well I hope you make your knitting goal. I am resolving to knit at least 12 items this year and headbands and dish cloths do not count! LOL

I've followed your blog for years and years now, and if you are able to find the time to blog more regularly, that's awesome by me! ;)
No pressure though.....life can be too crazy.

I love your running goal. I may adopt/adapt it for myself!

Now, to find my lost knitting mojo.......

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