Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

This year was my year to heal. Losing my MIL in 2010 sent me into a spiral that encompassed losing my own mother in 2006. It has taken me a long time to get over losing these two important women and to come into my own. I'm hoping 2012 will be the year I start living for me. I feel like I'm recovered enough and have made a good start in the second half of this year. You can tell I'm doing better because I sew and blog more when I'm feeling good about myself and my life.

Some of my sewing accomplishments for 2011 included learning some new skills and I think I did pretty well towards that goal. I made some panties for the first time. I learned how to dye fabric, which I really liked to do. I also did some home dec projects including recovering an ottoman.

This was the year I lost my very most favorite pattern, KS 2900, the TNT t-shirt. I also found a replacement that I like just as much. I bought a ton of fabric this year and did some travelling. I went to the Patternreview.com meeting in Chicago and I visited my FIL in South Carolina. I lost some weight and gained it all back plus some. I entered a sewing competition that had no winner and I allowed myself to be talked into sewing a costume for my niece. You know I hate sewing for others!

Things I plan on for the new year include taking care of me. My son is nearly grown and will be turning 18 and going to college in 2012. I know my job of raising him isn't over, however, I think the hardest part is. I believe I have taught him to be a self-sufficient human being, now I just need to teach him to drive.

I will be going back to college to take some classes this year. My first class will be Illustration for Fashion and Costume Design. I've been wanting to take this class forever. I'm also going to seriously look into getting my Master's Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education which will qualify me to teach at the Community College level. Unfortunately, the school where this program is offered is 55 miles away. That's a really long commute to attend school and I will really have to give this some thought. However, I really want to teach sewing. For 15 years I've been teaching middle school, and I'm tired of the behavior of today's kids. Maybe college students will be different.

I turned 50 this year. I didn't mention it when it happened in July. I wasn't sure how I felt about it. Now that I've had that I've had a few months to think about it, I like the idea of being 50. I just wish I was in shape. Not that I want to be skinny (that would be nice though), I just want to be more fit than I am. I want to have more stamina and strength. I don't like the way I feel at the moment. I'm not unhealthy, I'm just very unfit. I plan on doing something about that in 2012. My first goal is 30 minutes of exercise every other day. I plan to mix it up with bike rides, walks on either the treadmill or outdoors, or using the Wii Fit program or other exercise DVDs.

As for sewing, my goal this year is to sew more capsules. I have found that every time I sew up a capsule, I wear those pieces more than anything else. I will also be sewing from the stash. It's getting completely out of control and since I have these lovely fabrics, it's time to use them. I will also be clearing out the clutter in my house. I really do have a nice size home, it's just filled with un-needed stuff and unused stuff and feels quite small. I foresee some major battles with my hoarder husband over this, but everything that I can get rid of will go. I'm becoming the Craigslist Queen and have made some money at the same time. I will continue this in 2012.

To support my goal of sewing through the stash, I've entered Patternreview.com's Stash Contests. My goal is to sew 25 yards in January. I think this is a very doable goal since I usually don't work much (I'm a sub teacher) in January and my fashion illustration class doesn't start until March. Using my stash, I'm going to be sewing up my first mini-wardrobe for winter. I also plan to do a lot more blogging this year. I'm hoping to gain more followers in the new year and of course, I'm always wanting to generate more comments. What blogger isn't a comment ho at heart?

I especially want to wish all my readers a fantastic new year in 2012 and may all your wishes for the year come true!

~Sherril~


20 comments:

  1. I love this post! Great to hear you are doing better! I look forward to what you write and sew in the coming year! Have a Happy 2012!

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  2. What a year of ups and downs. Nice to hear you have come out the other side. Look forward to joining you again in 2012. Happy New Year.

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  3. Hey Sherril - what a year you have had. I am so glad to hear that you are starting a positive 2012 and part of becoming a postive being is achieving goals and it looks like 2012 is a goal filled year for you!

    I hear you about the weight - mine has been up and down all of my life (though never down enough to be considered slim). It is way up now and I think I am inpsired by this blog to set myself some goals for 2012.

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  4. I am going to add to your comments. I turn 50 in March and I'm also healthy but unfit! I have a 7 year old so my parenting is just in the starting stages! I think you should find some way to do your Masters. I started a Bachelor degree via a Diploma first, and now I have 18 months to go. I hope your college kids are better than ours but they are pretty rude here too (impolite - talking throughout lectures, phoning etc but I think it is more how it is managed by the lecturer) If you will be teaching sewing, that is much more interesting than business so you'll be a winner.
    I really like your blog so keep it up! Happy 2012 to you!

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  5. I'm glad to have met you in Chicago at PR weekend!
    I enjoy your blog and wish you all the best for 2012!!

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  6. So, you will be teaching the DS to drive.....patience my friend (and maybe a glass of wine now and then :). Glad 2012 is looking postitive!

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  7. This is a wonderful blog entry Sherril...thanks for laying it all "out there" for me to read and think about. I'm going to give my goals for 2012 some serious consideration! I love following your blog and you inspire me in many ways!

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  8. A great post Sherril, I hope 2012 will be your year. After raising children every woman needs some time for herself. I am still raising mine and home school my youngest so have a while to go before my time comes. Happy new year.

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  9. Wow, well laid out plan. Wishing you all the best in 2012....

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  10. Wishing you the very best in 2012 on all your endeavors! That's quite a full plate. And teaching a teenager to drive...yikes!!! ;)

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  11. I hope you accomplish all that you set out to do.

    God Bless You
    Marie Roche

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  12. Happy New Year, your goals are achievable, all you need is a plan and a calendar to set up time frames. I recommend a notebook for you to document your plan and a time frame for you to review your goals. Your most important goal is exercise, if you can consistently exercise your energy level will increase and your health will improve and the everything else will into place. Happy New Year!

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  13. I hope 2012 is all that you want it to be!

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  14. Hey, Cheryl - I'm so glad you're feeling better and ready to move on with your personal goals. I think your decision to continue your education is very exciting whether you just take a few classes or get your Master's degree. I wish you all the best in the new year!

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  15. I wish you the best of luck in 2012. You have a lot of exciting adventures coming your way in order to accomplish these goals. I'm envious of you. I really look up to your abilities and your willingness to share.
    I've started blogging and now I am going to start sewing for myself and not so much others. It isn't a very interesting blog, but someday if you care to visit it is http://sewingwithLo.blogspot.com . Until then I'll continue to follow you. Thanks for all you do for us fellow sewers.

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  16. Happy New Year's Sherril! I wish you the best for the new year!

    Rose in SV

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  17. Happy New Year, Sherril! Good luck on that 25 yards thing. I always have grand plans at the start of the stash contest but my mojo runs out, sigh.....

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  18. I'm glad you're going to pursue your dreams. I'm hopping to get in better shape this year to. Happy New Year.

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  19. Happy New Year! It sounds like you have put a lot of thought into your goals, which is how commitment starts I think. Best wishes for 2012!

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