2015: Start as you mean to go on

It's funny how when you've got two glorious weeks of a family-centred staycation stretched out in front of you that you think there will be time to do ALL. THE. THINGS. and then those last few days pass in a blur. Such is how it's been at our house, and oh my goodness the family time we've had with our staycation has been glorious.

One of the things that I've appreciated most is the time off to get to all that "stuff" that you always mean to do, and then somehow it gets put off or shuffled to the bottom of the priority list. Doing a major re-org of our office/my crafting space has been one of those things that I've been wanting to tackle for a while and while I'm not done yet, I made such a good dent over the holidays that it's enough motivation to keep the momentum going.

We also did a huge top to bottom clean, tidy and organisation of the flat and that feels good too. It's a nice way to start the new year, and we did in style with some of our friends from Mr. H's school, his buddies and a few work friends too with an Open House to welcome 2015. It turns out our flat isn't too small for entertaining folks, so hopefully we'll do that again soon.

So what do I mean by "start as you mean to go on"? Well, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement and newness of a new year, all jazzed and energised before we catch ourselves backsliding into familiar (not necessarily always bad!) habits. I'm the first one to recognise that when my energy levels start to flag that I'm not as motivated or as efficient as I could be.

My goals then for 2015 are pretty simple: keep up my energy and keep building momentum. And while that might seem simple and vague, it's flexible enough for me to make it work how I need for me. Am I feeling tired and cranky? To keep up my energy why not try getting to sleep earlier, or going for a run? And what do I need to do to keep building momentum? Well there's being more focused, for a start, setting CLEAR goals (as opposed to SMART ones) with various projects, and making sure I'm using the right tools for the job to get it done, and done well.

What goals are you setting for yourself for this year? I'd love to hear about them - and your plan for making them happen!

2014: The Year of Epic Projects

It's been a full week and a bit here chez C&Q. Lots of organising and cataloguing, identifying stuff to de-stash, thinking about the year ahead and not without a little bit of tough love and reflection on 2013.

Depending on how often you read my blog, or if you know me in real life, you might know that I love big ideas. No. I LOVE big ideas. In fact, the bigger the better. But I think in the last year where I really fell down was in the execution of the ideas. I came up with the ideas without the rest of the plan. 'm good at managing projects for work, but when it comes to the personal I need to remind myself that it's not enough to know the destination, I need a map to get there.

This year, I want to be smarter about my goals and not get caught up in a list of things that when I look back on 2014 I'm not thinking ZOMG! I didn't get x, y or z done but rather - yeah, that was a solid, satisfying amount of crafting and work that was accomplished. 

I may be putting a fair amount of pressure on myself, especially as I have a significant birthday ending in a nought later this year, but I'm also wanting to selfishly focus that pressure on me. I'm proclaiming that this will be the year of epic projects, and that the vast majority of them will be for ME!

That's not to say that I won't sometimes end up knitting for others, but I've got some big crafty plans for this year and I want to wring the enjoyment out of every last stitch. I'm also not going to write down my list of projects here either this time. Instead I'm going to focus on pushing myself further with big challenges (two dresses! lace! colourwork! cables!), new techniques, some designwork and if there's time, maybe a little bit of sewing too.

First up this year - some pre-planning for #GLYC2014 and getting ready for Unravel. I'm already knitting. What are you working on?

New year, new blog, old reflections

Welcome my friends, and Happy New Year!

I'm celebrating a new decade with a new blog, expanding out of the confines of my old one and sincerely hoping (with a desperation best not to think about) to make the most of new year energy and optimism to make more than semi-regular postings. As with all other new years resolutions, I have the best of intentions.

This is not the first time that I have started a new project with little more than a passing thought to whether or not it will be completed. I am definitely a victim of start-itis - and constantly. The older I get though, the more I think how refreshing it would be to actually FINISH something, how novel. Of course, the older I get the more often I feel that the less I get done, so to actually complete something that I've started has an overwhelmingly satisfying feeling of accomplishment!

It's with a bit of a giggle though, that as I start this new blog as a rebirth of my old one, that I recognize a blog as being one of those things that is a constant and evolving work in progress. As I work through my stash of crafty projects (and without a doubt start new ones along the way), I hope to have a few finishes, and continue to evolve as an individual - the consummate WIP - and be better for it.