Friday, January 1, 2010

Friday Confession

Happy New Year!

This is a traditional time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the new year. Overall, the last year was a big one for me - I got into weaving and started a small business. Sewing-wise, I guess I mostly puttered along, enjoying myself. Plenty of fun little projects, but no big challenges, no major growth...

I'm not sure what 2010 will bring for my sewing. Generally I'm not big on setting goals for my hobbies, but I am feeling like it might be time for me to push my sewing skills somehow. I'll have to think about it...

How about you? When you look back on 2009, what do you think? When you look forward to 2010, what are you hoping for? Did you have sewing goals for 2009? Will you set sewing goals for 2010? Do you think setting goals for a hobby helps you enjoy it more or makes it more like work and less like fun?

I hope that the new year brings you everything you hope for and more! Thank you for all your support and friendship in 2009! :)

10 comments:

Cindy said...

I always try to look at the good things both future and past but I must say I'm happy to wave goodbye to last year. I feel a breath of fresh air (I felt it last year too - was more from Jan 20th than anything - the feeling of hope.)

Goals are more about living in the moment. Taking care of what's on your plate today. Usually putting on your plate that which is most important to you and there isn't much room on the plate. Now if I can only make room for better health. :) Something I will strive for in twenty ten. The older we get the harder it is to stay healthy.

HAPPY NEW YEAR
Hope you have many enjoyable sewing moments!

Julie said...

I think resolutions/goals for hobbies can be both good and bad. Good goals would be to make the most of your hobby by taking on what is most important to you. Like Cindy posted above, there isn't much room on the plate. Only put what is most important on that plate. There are a ton of things I could sew but I work full-time, attend school part-time, and have little time left after all of that. I did set some goals for 2010 with regards to my sewing: (1) Use up my fabric stash. (2) Sew wardrobes, not separates. (3) Sew for 1 hour each day. (4) Learn new sewing techniques. (I'm currently working my way through the Singer Complete Photo Guide to Sewing.) I think all of these goals will help me enjoy my hobby more because I will finish more projects, they will be better constructed, and I will get more use out of each project. Best wishes for smarter sewing for everyone in 2010!

mamafitz said...

i do make new goals/resolutions, but lately i haven't been sharing them; they are more personal.

gwensews said...

I don't make resolutions or set goals. I did when I was younger. But now, I'm content. As for sewing goals--I don't set those either, because for me, it just means stress. I sew, when I sew. And enjoy. Happy New Year!

Faye Lewis said...

I do make resolutions/set goals-they keep me focused. Although I don't always reach all of them and they sometimes put pressure on me, I find that when I don't make or set them I wander aimlessly. So they are good for me.
Happy New Year!

julia said...

I don't set sewing goals for a year at a time, even though, I know there will be Valentine's, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Christmas and birthdays for which my grands will need new clothes. So, I guess those are some goals. I never know what will come up in between all of those events though.

Summerset said...

I've blogged about this already, but I like having goals. I don't so strictly adhere to them that I limit myself, but it is nice to have some guidelines.

sewducky said...

Nah, I figure I'll do it when I do it or it's not a big deal.

Becky said...

I'm a bit backwards, I guess... I did set some general goals for both sewing and overall craftiness (both '09 and for this year), but I don't make resolutions for anything else in my life!

ClaireOKC said...

It's a tricky line between work (hobby) and job. I have 3 jobs - two of which I adore and the third from chance. Even though the 3rd is not my choice, the other two are. I find some interesting things happen among the three tasks: when I have to work on the 3rd, it's "work"; when I have to work in the 1st company, it's fun, when I have to work on the 2nd - which is in its formative stages - I'm overloaded with ideas (which is fun and nerve-wracking).

Having the 3rd job contrast the other two; it helps keep the first 2 fun and enjoyable. I'm not sure I would feel that way if I had just the first 2 jobs.

The point is that even tho job #1 & #2 are fun and enjoyable, I always have job #3 to help keep the perspective of fun for #1 & #2....hope that makes sense. If I didn't have #3, I would have to work very hard and realizing how much fun #1 & #2 were.

And fun is sort of the difference between "work" and "play". I always wanted to work at something I love, cause the work would almost always be long and hard, and if it was in something I loved doing, then it would make the work all that much more pleasurable

2010 is the start of a new decade, and for some unknown reason I feel full of promise and hope and prosperity - in a completely different way that what I have ever experienced. I can not put my finger on it....yet, but I do feel it very strongly.

All we sewing bloggers deserve to not only enjoy our art, but also to protect it and keep it new, fun, rewarding and joyful. I can't think of a greater goal or task to set.