Welcome to the new year everyone! Did you enjoy it? I certainly did.
Firstly, apologies for being a whole day late on my New Year's post, but I was battling a migraine from New Year's eve until half way through this morning.
Despite all that, I have had a brilliant New Year. We decided to ring in 2012 at home this year with good friends, good food and good fun had by all. A potluck and a few cheesy dollar store decorations put everyone in the mood without too much stress. In a moment of carelessness that has made me the laughing stock of the family I sent my first rapid fire text of 2012 as Happy Birthday instead of Happy New Year. I was only distracted, I swear, but apparently that wasn't the first excuse that popped into their heads. Even though my head cold decided to relocate to my chest just in time for the party, it was one of the best New Years Eves I've had in a long time.
Now I know that many bloggers spend their inaugural post of the year reminiscing over the last 12 months with stories and photos galore, but given that I haven't yet hit my blog-iversary I don't think it's quite fair to do a year in review. I will take this moment to thank you for reading and to let you know that December was my record high for pageviews! I'm so happy to know that that number grows each month, and I hope that I can keep you all coming back this year.
On that note, I want to turn my sights to the other direction. Forwards: to 2012 and all the promise this year can hold. I have always been the kid who looked forward to the beginning of the school year, and the beginning of the new year for the clean slate it brought and the opportunity it gave to me to do better than the year before. Some things never change, as I find myself full of goals and resolutions this year. I know as well as the next girl that resolutions "never last," "rules are made to be broken" and so on but if my resolutions last just one month, then that's one month longer than they would last otherwise. So here in front of one and all I will declare what I hope to accomplish, if only for a little while.
Firstly, with this blog I am hoping to post at least once a week. I know I've been a bit dodgy with the dates of my posts up until now, but inspired by Knit Nicole Knit's Awesome Thursday posts I've decided to post once a week with a Positivi-Tuesday report listing good things. They may be in my life, they may be in the news, they may be only one sentence, but hopefully this will work two-fold to help the blog and help me to remember all I've got to be thankful for when my anxiety starts up as it has done this past little while. Of course I will be posting with all the wool-brained antics you're used to as well.
Next, in the knit and crochet world I am planning to take January to finish all of my Works in Progress. Now that doesn't include UFO's, because that would be crazy. The hope is that January will see the ripple blanket off the hook and the thrummed mittens off the needles. This will give me leave to continue on with the UFO's and bring them up to WIP status. Ideally I would like to finish one project a month...we shall see. In spinning, my goal is to hand spin a three-ply yarn before the year's end.
Now resolutions wouldn't be complete if I didn't try to better myself as well. Naturally, I am plannning on attempting to meditate and work out every week and to eat more healthily. As well as cleaning up my act health-wise, I'm going to work on cleaning up my house. Once a week I will focus on either upstairs or downstairs and have a good clean and tidy.
Lastly, I realized yet again over this holiday just how much fun I have when I hang out with my Mr. Frogged. Life so easily gets bogged down with social obligations and other responsibilities, but over the holidays, partly thanks to the colds we've been combatting, we spent hours watching movies or playing games together and it was SO MUCH FUN!! So, once a month I want to harness that spirit of the holidays and have a games night where we can cuddle up at home with some two-player console games. And to get us out of the house too, I think a date night each month is in order.
Do you make resolutions too? How do they usually go for you? Let me know and maybe we can encourage each other. Until then, cling to the promise of the new year and happy crafting one and all!