And here it is, a new year. Welcome, 2019! I think I’m not the only one to be happy to say goodbye to 2018.
It certainly wasn’t a bad year, but it was not an easy year for me. Two major surgeries and a seemingly endless cough for the last month of the year meant my overall health went out the window. With it – my motivation and a bit of self esteem. Not biking to work this past year means I’ve gained weight and gotten out of shape. That’s taken a big toll on me. Then we lost our beloved girl bunny, Quinn the Angora, who died unexpectedly while we were out of town. Ugh – no wonder I’ve been comfort eating the entire month of December.
But it wasn’t all bad, of course. I traveled a lot, once I recovered from my surgeries. I went to New York City, visited friends in Los Angeles, went to Disney World *three* times (!!!), spent Thanksgiving with my in-laws in Arkansas, and The Mechanic and I enjoyed a few days of doing-nothing bliss in Bermuda.
I made myself 24 new garments, including my amazing Dashing Tweed Reflective Coat.
I have some other favorites as well, including the Liberty of London dinosaur print shirt I made after my first Disney World trip – I guess I’ve fallen back in love with dinosaurs.
I did a lot of travel sewing, making things specifically for my trips.
And made some personal appearance changes – red hair and a rabbit tattoo!
But now it’s time to look back at 2018 and decide what I want 2019 to be like. I do like making resolutions because I’m a bit obsessive-compulsive about planning, and what’s better than a brand new start?!
Nevertheless, some changes need to happen.
- I must get healthier in 2019!!! Back to biking to work, at least 3 times a week, and adding the yoga and BodyPump back into my schedule. Gotta reduce the cheese intake too, alas. But I’m turning 47 this year, and I want to be super healthy before I hit 50 (ulp), so time to get serious about that middle-aged health stuff!
- Revamp the blog. I’ve been a bit lazy with the blogging – lazy, busy, sick, whatever, the blog has been neglected. So I’m going to try a weekly focus each month, rather than a random update on whatever. Sewing one week, biking the next, travel, then the random ICYMI post. I know all you reading this blog like different topics so we’ll see which weeks are the most popular, haha!
- Hm…. maybe two things are enough! I could add in stuff like: sew slower, spend less, be more strategic about money, etc., but I always need to do those things, regardless of year! So I’ll stick to health and the blog and we’ll see how it goes.
Thanks for sticking along with me this far, as I sew and bike through my adventurous life. I appreciate all of you and look forward to a productive, constructive, and healthy 2019!