What a year! 

Goodness. What a year 2018 has been. I feel like it has been my best year so far. And here is why. 

1. I lost 20kg. I started the year at 114kg and now I am 94kg. I started the year in a size 24/26 trousers, and now I am a 16. I havent been a size sixteen since I was 16 (thats a decade ago!) So I am really proud of myself. I am the lightest I have been my entire adult like.

2. We have booked our wedding venue! We have a date to work towards and a location and everything is starting to gain momentum! Yahooo.

3. I made a huge effort to get better at photography. I think my photography skills have improved massively this year.

4. I also made a massive effort to learn about design and new techniques – the quality of my stitching has come on a long way and I have learnt many new skills. Filet, Brioche, Lace, etc. I made my first, and second and third sweater, and I now feel like I could tackle anything. 

5. I got a new job! Which I will be starting on january 14th. I am super excited as this is the start of my dream career. I decided at the beginning of the year that I wanted to move on in the business, so I did everything I could to improve my skills and experiences. And here I am. 

When I think back to why I had such a great year, I think it comes down to one thing – I didnt set myself lots of goals. Instead I just decided that this would be the year I got it done. This would be the year of progress. And it was. 

And how about 2019?

Well, 2019 will be the year of new beginnings and learning. I will be heading off to signaller training school to start a year long apprenticeship to qualify as a signaller with Network Rail. It will be a lot of hard work. Lots of exams, simulations, studying. So my goal this year is just to learn as much as I can and enjoy the start of my new career. 

I am also hopeful that by the end of 2019 we will have got all of our finances in order and will have purchased or begun the legal processes of purchasing a house. 

And in 2019, I need to make a start on wedding flower making! It will be a mammoth understaking but exciting at the same time!

Some More Resolutions!

This last week has been really annoying. I cant really crochet as many of you will know because I am trying to heal my wrists and hands after finding out I am in the early stages of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 

I have spent a lot of time thinking about crafting and what I will do once my hands get better. And in the process, I appear to have come up with 2 more resolutions for this year.

The first is to completely get through all of my cheap acrylic yarns. I have a lot of cheap acrylic yarn lying about taking up space with no purpose. So I have decided that by the end of this year, I would like to have gotten through my stash so that I can have an acrylic free yarn collection. I think I will make small blankets and little toys with them then deliver them to Battersea Dog and Cat Home to keep their puppies and kittens warm and entertained! 

The other resolution is to learn a few more stitches. In the absence of being able to crochet, I have been noodling around pinterest and have seen loads of pretty stitches that I feel like I should know but dont! So watch this space! Hopefully my repetoir will be expanding soon!

A Quick Resolution Guide

Hey all. I hope you have all had a fab Christmas and are heading to some awesome new years parties. I am having a quiet one this year, cuddled up on the sofa with my other half with a handmade pizza. We got a bread maker for Christmas, courtesy of my other halfs dad. so we decided to make a pizza from scratch and it was blinding!

Anyways, I decided that since it was new years, I would give you a guide to making a few new years targets, that are achievable and should hopefully make 2015 your best year yet!

 

No 1. Learn A Silly Skill – promise yourself to learn a silly skill. Something that may not really be of use to you unless you end up on a quiz show, but just learn it for the sake of it! Once we leave school, we tend to be less interested in learning, but in order to keep our minds sharp, it is important to keep learning. So give yourself something to learn!

No 2. A Travel Resolution – Make a promise to yourself that you will travel somewhere new. It doesn’t have to be far away, you don’t have to leave the country, just go somewhere different.

No 3. Do Something That Scares You – Is there something in life that you are scared of. Well confront it – if you do it it will be less scary, and you will feel so much better for it!

No 4. Fix Something in your Life – If there is something in your life that is going wrong, address it. If you hate your job, make that step to doing something new. If you are worried about a medical issue, make that step to get it seen to. Make this the year that you don’t just go along with it, instead, make the steps to fix it.

No 5. Make A Career Goal – Make a commitment to improve your career prospects, to be better at your job, or to have a better chance at getting the job you want.

 

And it wouldn’t be right of me to tell you this and not share with you my goals, so here they are!

 

No 1. Learn the element song (Hopefully on my ukulele)

No 2. Travel to Finland

No 3. Overcome My Fear Of Flying – I have never flown and find the whole idea pretty petrifying!

No 4. Work really hard in my CBT Therapy so I can take control of my anxiety disorder

No 5. Find work in television. In order to give myself a better chance, I will make a short film a month which I can add to  my show reel.

 

Let me know what resolutions you are making, I would love to know!