Happy New Year!!
Wow, it's a shiny brand new year. That's something I find incredibly exciting. It's like a blank page all laid out before us. It reminds me of when Anne says, "Marilla, isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?" And also these verses: "The reason I can still find hope is that I keep this one thing in mind: the LORD's mercy. We were not completely wiped out. His compassion is never limited. It is new every morning. His faithfulness is great. My soul can say, 'The LORD is my lot in life. That is why I find hope in Him.' The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to anyone who seeks help from Him" Lamentations 3:21-25 That's a philosophy I want to take into this new year with me - that every day is a new beginning and I need to appreciate it and enjoy it for what it is. All my past mistakes are behind me and what lies ahead is full of promise.
This year I've decided not to make Resolutions. I find the word "Resolution" to be too strict and I feel like it's a huge fail on my part if I don't meet them. So this year I thought instead I would come up with some Goals I would like to achieve. Goals seem much more attainable, and less rigid. Goals make it seem as though everything is going to still be alright if I don't meet them this year. They are more like hopes with substance. So here are my Goals for 2012:
1. Knit and crochet for fun.
2. Knit myself a couple of sweaters.
3. No stressing about how many WIPs I have - I spent the better part of last year worrying over how many WIPs I had, and how in the world I was ever going to finish them all, that it took a ton of fun out of knitting for me. I've learned that as long as it is not bothering me how many WIPs I have, then I can have as many as I want. And if I do end up finding it stressful to have as many as I do, I can do something about that and finish some up - but with no deadline or pressure involved. I've learned over the past year that I am the type of person who enjoys having a few different projects going at one time, and there is nothing wrong with that.
4. Do more colourwork. - This one is coming along great:
I finished the first mitten (sans thumb) this morning. I am so so SO happy with it. I find it fascinating to knit each little cupcake and to see which "flavour" comes next. I think this is going to be the start of many more of these types of mittens. Last night I spent a long time looking through all SpillyJane's patterns and picking out which ones I want to knit next, so I'm sure I will be meeting the "colourwork goal" quite easily.
Just in case you are interested, I thought I'd share a few personal Goals for 2012:
1. Grow closer to Jesus and in my relationship with Him.
2. Read and study the Bible more diligently.
3. Stop complaining and learn to have a thankful attitude.
4. Read more - I'm working on a list, but so far I have: Emma, Mansfield Park and Persuasion, all by Jane Austen, as well as some of the many books we own that I have yet to read. I'm sure I will be adding to this list all throughout the year.
Now I am off to start the second mitten and watch a movie or two. Have a great evening!