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Happy New Year!
I’m back! And welcoming in a fresh new start for 2015!
As many of you may know, I had high hopes last year that I’d be opening my doors to new longarm customers this January, but then life threw our family an adorable curveball. Ever since our son's arrival this summer with surprisingly short notice, the day to day routine at our house has been turned upside down, and I barely managed to get back behind my sewing machine in time to finish Christmas gifts, let alone master my longarm. But I have no regrets – I’ve spent the past few months a little crazed (a lot crazed?!) learning to juggle three kids on three completely different schedules (it seems to be true what they say – three really tips the scales!) and stealing as many moments as possible to snuggle our new little joy before he grows up all too quickly. We’re not expecting to add any more to our brood, so I’m doting on the baby and trying to savor every last giggle, feeding and bath... and yes, even the diapers!
In the past few weeks I did carve out time to read a handful of self-improvement books in the hopes of grabbing 2015 by the horns and deftly steering myself and my business to where I want us to be by this time next year. From sparking creativity to building my business to tidying and mindfulness, I’ve been filling up with ideas and tips to make every facet of life run more smoothly, and hopefully that will shine through in my blogging. I’m aiming for focus: to stay on top of my goals, to minimize mental and physical clutter, and to enjoy the here and now with my family and friends. If I seem to be getting off track, I welcome any and all helpful tugs on my sleeve to remind me where my focus should be.
This month I’ll start debuting some new recurring themes for my posts, so be on the lookout for fresh tutorials, happy mail giveaways, “on the frame” photos, glimpses of my attempt to teach the two budding sewists in my midst, and the (much requested!) return of my month long selfish sewing challenge!
I know some of you are really looking forward
to the chance to steal thirty minutes a day to
sew for yourself, so mark your calendar:
4x7 Sewing Challenge starts February 1st
(Formerly the 30/30 Sewing Challenge, but this winter
I’m running it the month earlier with two less days ;-)
So thanks for sticking with me through the little hiatus here at BBD. Come back tomorrow when I’ll share a quick peek into my new “Free Sew Friday” creative time with my daughters. I’ve committed to setting aside a period each week to let them work alongside me in the studio – hopefully their creativity and my skills will be a great way to learn from each other!
Happy New Year, everyone!
P.S. Do you have any exciting new goals for the year ahead? If you’d love to share, leave a link in the comments so we can see what everyone’s up to for 2015!
Happy New Year! And welcome back :) Gorgeous pic of you and your newest addition! Happy to see you're back. I'm looking forward to your posts in 2015 :)
I love my time thieves! My goal is to not take on too many projects in 2015. I can be a bit impulsive and want to do all the projects now. Instead I have organized my list based on the quilts I have the material on hand for and right now only doing those... This should also help me not buy too much extra fabric!
Me, too, Melissa! I'm focusing in on just what's right for me and trying to say no to extra commitments, as well. I jumped in on #SewMyStash2015 over at ProjectLeasa.com so I'm going to try and whittle as much as possible (and hoard my Christmas GC's for as long as possible! ; )
It sounds like you have been doing all the right things: focusing on your time with family and then slowly and mindfully carving out sewing time again. What an adorable addition to your family, and I can see the love you have for your son in your face. :)
That's some list, Yvonne! Thank you for all your kind words and good luck with your 2015 goals : )
Happy New Year Sarah! Challenge already, yay. I haven't decided on plans yet. Feeling inspired by others though :)
Your little boy looks so cute and happy. How old is he now? It goes all too fast. My youngest is nearly six, but it does not seem like six years has passed! I didn't find the transition from two to three hard. The baby just fit in with whatever schedule I had to keep for the elder two. The transition from none to one was my biggest learning curve! Whilst I had lots of experience with babies I really didn't understand how much my life would change in every little way, all for the better of course.
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