New Year, New Me? No thanks.

Yes it’s the third of January already, but I’ve been mentally planning this post for a good few days, and finally found the time to write it. I’m sure your social media news feeds are awash with similar content to mine; lots of resolutions to change, make more, do more, eat less, cleanse, be mindful, and so on, which is all great. I know I said it last year, but my hopes and plans for the new year remain essentially unchanged to what they were two years ago.

 

For me 2016 was another busy year, predominantly filled will all things related to being a primary school teacher. As well as teaching a lovely Year 2 class, over the last year highlights at school have included organising the fourth residential visit to France, (the fifth is due to take place in the autumn) attending a Pupil Premium awards ceremony in London where we were thrilled to be named Regional Winners for the second year, plus plenty more to keep me occupied such as overseeing a project transforming an old school bus into a space for children to learn, blog and read.This year promises to be as jam-packed with plans, events and opportunities and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Outside of school, the most surprising aspect of last year (not least to me) was my undertaking and commitment to something new: running. At the end of October I completed my first half marathon, in a time which I felt was actually half decent (2 hours 51 seconds). Should you wish, you can read more about my running journey here, and as the new year begins I am already craving more hours of daylight so I can hit the trails and continue to develop my technique, strength and fitness. I knew that after the half I would enter a risky time when it would be easier to shelve running for the better weather, and to stay indoors tucked up under a blanket with a cup (or glass) of something warming. Well, whilst the rigidity of my training plan has slackened a little, I’m still running a couple of times a week and somehow mostly managing a decent time/pace. Two days after Christmas, what I had hoped would be an hour’s run extended to 1 hour 10 minutes, and then as I was temptingly close, I kept going to make it 10 miles, which felt great. Another exciting development is that I’ve taken one of my dogs on a couple of runs in the last week, and have just ordered a dedicated lead which should make this even easier. I usually run alone and it’s so nice to have him trotting along beside me.

 

Post-run Wilfie – straight after his second 5 mile run. 

Last year I also very much enjoyed getting out and about with my camera more, in particular making use of a zoom lens I’d been given. I’d like to say I’ve learnt all about how to get the best out of my camera, but I really haven’t. I don’t have much idea about settings and even my editing is amateur at best, but I’ve been happy with a few of my shots and I look forward to learning more and finding more subjects to photograph.

All of the above has meant that I didn’t sew as much as I would have liked last year, and there were long periods where I had nothing in progress and my machine went untouched for weeks. I still have several projects cut out and scattered around my sewing room, (aka the dining room) and truth be told some of them are unlikely to ever be made up. I’m around a dress size smaller than I was this time last year, and the need to trace off and adapt sizing on patterns has definitely hindered my sewing efforts and enthusiasm. I started my ABC of dresses in February last year, and got as far as making a T Dress right before new year – my U Dress is the first thing I have completed during 2017. That’s twenty dresses, still my favourite thing to sew, but some of which have already made their way to the charity shop and many of which are in my wardrobe but require significant alteration to the fit in order to become wearable. I’ve just made three consecutive Emery dresses which have turned out well, so I guess aiming to complete my alphabet by the end of February 2017 would be good.

Hand in hand with my reduction in sewing is my reduction in blogging. I’ve used my blog for some photo challenges which I enjoy participating in, but apart from that there haven’t been many regular updates. I guess this is where link ups like Sunday Sevens come into their own – they prompt you to blog consistently. Organisation plays a part here too; I’ve got decent photographs of some of my dresses but not others, so my next dress to blog should be my L Dress but I only have one photo, and as it’s a summery print and I’m not sure how it fits now, I’ve ground to a halt – something I should really bite the bullet and remedy.

In short, during 2017 I hope to continue with all the things that I enjoyed during the last year. I don’t want or need a new year to create a new me, but I do want to sew more, blog more, run more, photograph more, and lots of other things besides. Overall though, I think being open to new things is crucial. This time last year I would have instantly dismissed the thought of me running 5k – I’m not that kind of person. I’ve learnt that sometimes you don’t plan, or even see changes and opportunities coming, and sometimes these are the things that make you happiest.

Oliver, December 2016. Looking back but going forward.

 

 

 

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10 responses to “New Year, New Me? No thanks.

  1. Although I would like to see more sewing, I love the different directions your interests have gone in this year. Photographing clothes is my biggest bugbear. It would be interesting to see your alphabet dresses, even if just photographed on the hanger for the sake of completeness.
    I find my style changes and evolves every year, so my main thing this year (as for the last two!) is to reduce my fabric collection, so that it reflects the me I am this year.

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    • Hi Ruth, I’ve just scheduled a short post to share my L Dress, so that will be one crossed off the list at least! I haven’t really gone into detail about my sewing resolutions, but like you, I have a large stash just waiting to be used (it’s always the time I’m lacking, rather than the supplies). I look forward to seeing your makes too – it sounds like we both need to take the photographing bull by the horns and get blogging! 🙂

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  2. Love the prints on your S-dress.

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  3. Your photos are amazing – I’d love to see more of those! I also don’t have any particular resolutions – just more of everything! I’ve just joined a choir, which is a new experience for me and proving to be quite fun but necessarily takes time away from sewing and blogging so I understand where you’re coming from. That said, you seem to have done a lot more sewing than I have!! Anyway, Happy New Year!!

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    • Thank you for commenting and happy new year to you too! I think it’s great to try new things as long as you accept that it will give you less time to do other things. I always think being organised and making best use of time is an ongoing aspiration for me! Here’s to lots of sewing, and plenty more besides.

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  4. Your photography has improved no end – and that comes from an ex professional photographer! Love your bird shots, but it’s your landscapes taken at sunset that are my favourites. Here’s to finding more time to sew🥂

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    • Thank you Sheila, and happy new year! I think it’s hard to look at photos taken by myself objectively, so I do appreciate the feedback 😊 I think more time full stop, for all of us, would be hugely beneficial in 2017, particularly sewing time!

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  5. Happy new year! You take some great photos, I love the ones of the Nuthatch and your dog. I feel the same about my blog, I’m going to start including other bits as well as sewing. Although it is great to read and write sewing posts still. Here’s to a great 2017 of blogging!

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    • Happy new year Georgia! Thank you for commenting – the frosty backdrop made taking photos a pleasure, and for once was perfectly timed for the school hols! I decided my blog is for whatever I want, so will include some running, photography, cooking AND sewing – hopefully!

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