Something New For 2016

Happy New Year!Are you a New Year Resolution kind of person?

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m not really into the whole thing, purely because I’m not so good at sticking to things.  If we’re being honest, I’m really one of those people that stumbles through life, I’m not a planner, in fact the only thing I’ve ever planned (truthfully), were 2 of my three children.  You’ll guess wrong, promise.  My happy and much loved surprise is never the one people assume it must be.

Anyway, if we look back to last year the only goal I actually set myself was to knit more socks, preferably a pair every 2 months (think I managed, but will have to check), but as 2016 approaches I think it’s time for a change.  Not least because 2015 has actually been a year of great change for me  The decisions I made, none of which I really planned of course, we’re made to try and improve my life and let in more joy.  Joy is important, everyone needs to have joy in their day, somewhere.  No matter how dark life gets, finding the joy is probably what keeps us going when things get tough.

So without even realising what I’ve been doing, I can see now that I’ve been taking more time to reflect over my life of late.  Where I am, what I’ve achieved, what I’ve yet to do and I’ve come to the realisation that things are a bit chaotic.  They always have been and I’m not sure it’s going to really change, but I think it might be worth a try.  So I started to think about how to make changes and a New Year is as good a time as any to begin.  Still, I wasn’t completely sold on the idea of a list of New Years Resolutions.  Then I heard about One Little Word and liking it, but being too busy to look into it properly, I filled it away in the recesses of my brain, never to be found again.  Until the other day when I was listening to the Elise Gets Crafty Podcast episode 79, in which Elise talks to Ali Edwards about her One Little Word Workshop and I really began to think about it again.

The idea is that instead of setting yourself a list of goals in the form of New Years Resolutions you pick a word, just one, with which you’re going to try and keep your focus on throughout the coming year.  There’s a great video on Ali’s website abut choosing your word and if you listen to the podcast Ali and Elise talk about what their words were for 2015, what they meant to them and how there words for 2016 differ.

It’s an old photo, sorry

Ali’s course is a scrapbooking one and yes I use to scrapbook and have kept all of my supplies hoping to return to it one day – eventually.  Truth is, I haven’t scrapbooked for over 4 years and I think I’ve only printed out photos once  year since then.  So I wasn’t convinced it was really for me, but the idea of this one word thing wouldn’t let me go, especially as the word I’d though of is really quite a strange one for me.

I forget things easily and then get fed up with myself for doing so.  I was full sure I’d remember so much more about my kids growing up than I do and I always tell friends that have babies to get a notebook and write things down.  All the silly stuff you think you’ll remember, the crazy things they say, the daft things they do, those are so more important than the big things at the end of the day

So I’m going to do it.

I’ve bought the workshop at the early bird price of $26 (normal price is $31) and I’m looking forward to trying something new.  Having one word to focus on throughout the coming year, will I hope, help me to focus a little more on the things that are important.

So what word have I chosen?  Or rather what word chose me?  It’s not a word that would usually be a part of my vocabulary.  So I’ve tried really hard to ‘like’ other words with a similar definition, but they’re not sitting comfortably with me and this one just won’t let me go.



My One Little Word is Faith and the reason for my astonishment is that I would usually associate Faith with religion and I’m not religious.  Like I say, I’ve tried other words like strength, trust and believe but I’ve come to accept that it has to be Faith.


The definition of faith seen here at number 1 is how I hope to live in 2016.  I want to have Faith in myself to do what’s right for me in all the areas of my life including my family, my home, my career, my health and well-being.

I’m actually looking forward to trying to keep my One Little Word at the forefront of my decisions and have signed up to the closed Facebook Group that you can become a member of if you take the workshop.

I hope you’ll follow me in my pursuits throughout the year and maybe even join me?

Have Faith and believein Yourself

If the One Little Word thing isn’t really for you, I’ve some other ideas too that I’ll write about over the next couple of days.

In the meantime here’s my midnight kiss X and I want to wish you all you wish yourself in 2016.

Happy New Year!

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2014 & One Day

Hello 2015

Why 2014 & one day?  Several reasons really.

1)  It was a bloody awful start to 2015 here.  It was blowing up a gale and raining and the sun was obviously nursing a post New Years Eve hangover and didn’t seem to show her face all day.  Unlike today which is a much prettier and heart warming (so far).  Don’t get me wrong, the sun’s not out there splitting the stones, this is winter in Ireland after all, but the day is full of expectation and anticipation for 2015 🌻

2)  I’m sure I’m not the only person guilty of this…. I went into a bit of a cleaning frenzy.  It’s come to my notice that I actually spend very little time in my house and thus far have been able to remain blissfully unaware of how much clutter we have accumulated.  🆗 Cards on the table time, it’s not going to change, but I do think I need to address the situation.  So yesterday I tackled the fridges and the kitchen, there’s still the oven to do, but I forgot to slather it in bicarb again last night 😖 and next it’s the living room 🆘

3)  I wanted to start as I mean to go on and cook more, so I did, at least for the men folk as I wasn’t hungry and ended up wolfing down something later.

4)  My internet connection was horrendous, probably because of item 1 on this list or maybe there were other 👽  cosmic forces at work?

5)  I went to see The Hobbit 🎥 which I thoroughly enjoyed, regardless of how true to the book it was.  Pure entertainment, although I did shed a tear or two 😢

2014 was a pretty good one, yes there were a few moments of yuck there however, I woke up every morning so it can’t have been that bad and I laughed a lot, there is always room for improvement on that front though.

2014 was a busy year though as you can see from the photos.  We had our year long charity campaign Knit Happens (more info soon), knitted Shamrocks for Age Action, the first Yarn Shop Day and made crochet critters for The Craft Club’s Guinness World Record Yarnbomb attempt in aid of The Little Haven’s Hospice add to this our refurbishment, it’s no wonder I’ve felt a little overwhelmed at times.

Happily 😄 I’ve managed to knit loads and have been trying to perfect my crochet skills too.  I think my favourites this year have been my shawls of which there have been five, one of which was for a good friend.

I won’t bore you with the list, actually lets be honest, that would mean I’d have to have stuck to my original plan at the start of the year.  Ever the positive, I did manage to upload more items on Ravelry and I kept a knitting journal until the end of April and I also posted here 60 times  (pausing to bow).

Looking forward, all of the same things apply as before

🌻 More organised

🌻 More exercise

🌻 Eat better

🌻 Feed my brain more

🌻 Relax more

🌻 Enjoy life

🌻 Laugh as much as possible.

🌻 Need to knit more socks too  🌻

Could possibly be a mini New Years Resolution…. not a pair a month though, more like a pair every 2 months maybe?

Happy 2015 to you and yours.  May all you wish for yourself and more come true ✨

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