After reviewing 2015 in my last post I thought I'd share some of my plans/goals/ideas for 2016.
I've broken them down into creative/sewing and non creative, which is mainly health and wellbeing.
First my sewing plans for this year.
Gain new skills / improve existing skills
I've never really had a sewing lesson in my life - other than quilt making - and I decided it was about time I upped my skills a bit. I've been lucky enough to be able to book on two of Alison Smith's workshops at her School of Sewing that I'll be attending this year. I've booked the Tailored Jacket workshop and the Couture Dress one, and I'm really excited about both of them.
I'm also hoping to do some more pattern drafting workshops at Fabric HQ to expand my (currently limited) skills in that area.
Also in this area I'd like to experiment more with free motion embroidery, either finding new ways of using it, or adding more textures/layers and detail to the projects I make.
Consider what I'm sewing
I wasn't sure how to word this, or completely what I mean if I'm honest. I want to end up with a more coordinated wardrobe of lovely items that sit well together, rather than my current mish-mash of things I've made just because I love the fabric/pattern/felt like making it.
I've got a little list of things I'd like to make this year, which includes some jeans, either the Closet Case Files Ginger jeans or Baste + Gather Birkin flares, I'm not sure which yet. Ideally I would do both as they'd fill different gaps in my wardrobe. I'd also like to make the Style Arc Carly jumpsuit I was planning on making last year and never got round to, a denim or chambray Pussy Bow blouse and the Oki Style Salt jacket.
I'm not going to set myself any more specific sewing plans, as I've done that before and I always end up changing my mind part way through the year. I'm going to try not to get too side tracked by the "new and shiny" this year, but my magpie brain finds it very hard not to get distracted from any plans I make.
My non-sewing plans, as I mentioned above, are all health or wellbeing related.
The main one is to improve my mental health. I was struggling a bit towards the end of last year, and a combination of medication and cognitive behaviour therapy seems to be helping. I had a CBT session last night and actually had a major breakthrough, when suddenly the reasons for me feeling the way I do all seemed to become clear in an instant. I'm not going to share the reasons here, but I'm sure you can imagine that it was quite an emotional experience. I still feel quite emotional about it today, but I also feel good that I seem to have found the root cause and can work on it.
Anyway, that was a bit of a diversion, what I want to do this year is to challenge negative thinking, find something positive about each day and to accept myself for who I am. I have a habit of comparing myself to others, and I want to try to stop doing this. Truly Myrtle's post yesterday The Comparison Game really resonated with me.
My other wellbeing goals are to try to eat more healthily - I am erratic with my healthy eating at the moment - to drink more water and to try and find a form of exercise I don't hate. This will be a hard one for me because exercise and me are not natural friends. I enjoyed running a few years ago but stopped because I had a problem with my hip. I'm thinking I might give it another go.
Do you have any plans whether sewing related or not for this year? Can you recommend a form of exercise you love?
As always, thank you for reading. I really will be back soon with some sewing to share with you.