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January–come and gone.

As January wraps up today, I’ll take some time for reflection.

I began my blogging this year about all that I wanted to accomplish this year. Because resolutions generally fall away by the end of the month, I feel like I should take a look at how I have worked towards some of them.

The major one I believe I have really been working on is Get Creative. I have really worked hard on learning the craft of knitting, and I am absolutely loving it! I can’t wait to try to tackle some patterns, and put to use my Lace Knitting To-Go kit I got for Christmas. I also (sigh, finally) completed my shoulder bag that I gave a sneak peek of earlier:

Granted that I have done some sewing in my life, I have never created anything from a pattern. I have only done quilting and things of that nature. So this was definitely a challenge for me! I finally wrapped it up about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday night, after a sewing machine clog/malfunction that dislodged the needle threader. Man was that upsetting. Thank goodness that my hubby is mechanically inclined! Otherwise I probably would have given up.

The bag has some flaws, but I still love it! I made it from scratch and that is an accomplishment to be proud of. (To me anyways).

The resolution I’m probably slacking the most on is Get Healthy. That may come to no surprise as that is the most common resolution that is most commonly given up on. But I refuse to give up completely. I’m still going to work on this.

In other news, it’s snowing and beautiful out!

See you in February!

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New Year – New…(fill in the blank)

Here I am, 12:03, January 1st, 2011.

Home. In the PJs, bumming around.

Not the expected situation for most, but here I find myself, almost completely content.

After coming in hot off the holidays and a two and a half week working binge, I find myself just needing a moment. And as timing would have it, New Year’s presents herself to force me to reflect and plan for the future. So as 2010 wrapped up, now six minutes ago, I find that I have accomplished really, what I had set out to do: school, and work. Really, when looked at now, is only two things. Not much to jump for joy over, but what else can I do?

Right now, I feel like school isn’t really doing much for me. I even would go so far as to say it is holding me back. I’m an English major, and don’t get me wrong, I love it, and couldn’t even dream about studying anything else, but at this point in my life, I feel like once I’ve got the diploma (aka a piece of paper) that will be all I have–an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. I won’t have that secret power of job getting skills that they whisper to you as you graduate, and I most likely won’t just fall into some incredible position as an editor of a popular literary journal. I don’t see myself being a teacher, for now at least, and I don’t see the market of creative writers opening up soon. But I guess I can just rack it up to experience. I think school has taught me just enough to know that I know nothing. Awe, shucks.

As for work–well, it’s work. I love everyone I work with, and it really is a fairly good gig.

But here I am again, in a sort of slump, feeling uncreative and unproductive. Frustrated. So I am planning on 2011 bringing a solution to that.

I have found something that always lightens my spirits is 1) English Breakfast hot black tea with honey. It warms the soul. And 2) a good book. Right now, I’m reading This is Not Chick Lit, a collection of short fiction stories. I picked it up, because one of my instructors for a course is published in there, and so far every story I have read is amazing, and really inspiring!

I love the idea of the new year. It brings so much opportunity for progress and accomplishments, and I love the way looking forward to things feels. Even with silly things like the mail; usually it’s just bills, but I love the idea that someone sent a letter, especially for me, days before, and it has finally reached me and I get to see what it is. Silly!

So here’s to keeping those New Year’s Resolutions!

Cheers (if you’re out there).

 

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Ready, set, (holding breath). Anxiety.

I absolutely hate anxiety. I participated in track in high school, and my race running career was short-lived for several reasons.

  1. Let’s face it: I’m not a fast runner. Turns out to be pretty crucial.
  2. That five second interval that one must wait for the gun to fire, to signal the beginning of the race was absolutely overwhelming to me. I can’t stand that type of anticipation!
  3. I’m not athletic. Turns out that is pretty crucial too.

Anyways, to get to my point, I’ve had a fairly successful week in terms of getting some pillows made, and now, I’m just waiting!

I’ve done tons of research involving Etsy and from that I’ve gathered that new sellers need to be patient. So please, will me the power of patience, hehe! So to bide the time until someone finds me and loves my pillows as much as I do…I will continue to gather beautiful fabric, and keep making pillows to my heart’s content.

 

In other developments, I have began to find eco-friendly alternatives in both my fabric choices and the actual pillow inserts. I purchased some Organic fabric, designed by Cloud 9 Fabrics, from no other store than the amazing Fancy Tiger! As for the pillows, I’ve ordered some from an online store that are made from corn, and I’m looking into a bamboo alternative. This is really exciting, because I thought this was more of a long-term goal, and I’m so glad to venture into this area so soon!

I really want to let everyone know how much I appreciate you supporting me. My family and my friends have really been amazing, and I have really been relying on you all for support! I heart you so much!

As for my anxiety, it will hopefully subside soon. It is definitely magnified this week, because of finals! Gag. One more week. One. More. Week. Then I will have ample time to focus on Lilly Ella Collections!

Bless you for being here.

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I am just full of updates.

Well, the past two days, I have been super busy, working all hours into the night, and I have finally listed two items. I feel like this process will only get easier from here, and, sigh, I’m relieved.

I am so happy to finally have them up, and can’t wait to make more, and also start brainstorming on other projects that will fit in well with Lilly Ella Collections.

Stay tuned and don’t forget the coupon codes!

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