Wow! What a year! 2017 has definitely been a year of twists and turns for me as I’m sure it has been for many of you. Of course the ending of a year and the beginning of a new year often leads many to thoughts of self reflection. Many people decide on what their “New Years” resolutions will be…for many of us there is a desire for a fresh start for others the hope of continued success from a successful year! (*Note if you are just interested in the crochet project which I totally understand …lol….keep scrolling!)
After having a VERY lazy holiday schedule…I woke up thinking about the impending New Years Eve before us… In the past, for me it was thinking about a cute outfit and the right make-up and hair to spend a night out with friends or my boyfriend (who eventually became my husband). After getting married and having kids it became more about …who’s side of the family are we taking the kids to see this year? With the cold weather and being 29 weeks pregnant presently the best New Years Eve for me would be a quiet one filled with indulgent “once a year” appetizers and pretty mocktails, while I watch chick flicks with a cozy blanket by the fireplace:) With 3 crazy boys and a health conscious hubby this likely will not happen but it’s a nice day dream :). Not sure what our plans will be but I do know that even though life had some surprises for me this year I will continue on my pursuit of self-care to be sure that I can be the best I can be for my family in 2018. Which brings me to the other purpose of this blog post! I decided in the event that we have to venture out tonight…instead of my usual hunt for the perfect dress or cute top and jeans to wear with stilettos… I decided a comfy cozy hat was what I wanted to pamper myself with! While the boys played with their new toys from Santa and battled each other with video games I decided I would take on a project that I pinned on Pinterest….what?!?!? Of course I got the eye roll from the hubs and the kids asking every 2 seconds “are you done yet”…but I was determined to finish. At first you would totally have called it a “Pinterest Fail” lol. I’ll be the first to admit I’m a fly by the seat of my pants crafter …I start now and ask questions later and that often gets me into trouble…but the way I see it …life is too short to wait for the perfect moment or the ultimate mastery of a skill to start something! Anyway, the pattern said it would take me an hour and a half….it took me way longer lol. I made it too big…I had no idea how to do a “whip stitch” at the end and ended up winging it… but I can honestly say I didn’t give up and I DID IT! I would never want a real crocheter to investigate my stitches lol but I’m happy with it and I will wear it with pride tonight! The significance off all of this….
- I turned 40 this year and was on a quest to “find myself again” and then found out I was pregnant with my 4th child and it hasn’t been an easy pregnancy.What I learned…I will not take the use of my body for granted again after the birth. I want to be in the best physical condition I can be in and be active with my boys to make up for a lot of lost time. “Who I am?” Whoever I want to be. I set my limits and expectations!
- Keep challenging myself with my crazy projects or (any areas of my life really, my business, relationships, etc…) no matter how “busy” my schedule is. These are the things that set my soul on fire and I MUST do for myself! I lost my Grandma this year and she taught me so much about cooking, baking, sewing… I know she would be proud of my hat and helped me when I was ready to give up lol. Note: Find time to crochet….bake…craft…and above all just keep learning! For me, this is self-care and inner peace!
- Continue to live for myself and not the expectations of others. I LOVE everyone in my life but I have to love MYSELF first to be the best I can be for everyone else. This may mean saying “no” more in some situations and saying “yes” more in some situations!
About the crochet hat, I didn’t follow the type of yarn and hook that was recommended…which was most likely the reason for my near fail lol…but I’m sure if you follow this pattern you will be A ok ;)! I plan to try more projects from this lovely site but of course I’ll follow instructions next time (maybe, ha,ha). https://makeanddocrew.com/1-hour-free-crochet-hat-pattern-beginners/
I hope this post has inspired you to reflect on yourself …not necessarily make rigid resolutions that are hard to stick to but rather just make some realistic promises to yourself. You deserve it! Wishing you a year ahead filled with possibilities and happiness!