Looking back before looking forward.
Things we did
- Overcame a very difficult period in 2012 – 2013, and we emerged stronger at the end.
- Moved to a lovely home in a new city (not far from the old one).
- Had faith in good neighbours restored.
- Learned a lot about adoption in Ontario and elsewhere.
- Attended my first creative retreat at the Makerie.
- Joined a meat share and a local veggie share – which led to meeting lots of new people, having an increased appreciation for farmers and food, and new ideas.
- Took my first custom stuffed bunny order.
- Started this blog.
Things I did not do
- I didn’t take any courses towards finishing my degree – part of this was stress management, the other part, loss of interest in the elective courses that I need to take.
- I didn’t do any volunteering this year – although we donated money and items, we didn’t volunteer time, which we usually do at least 1 – 2 times a year.
- I didn’t keep up with my line a day 5 year-journal keeping, falling off that wagon sometime around October, and never really got the urge back. I need to find a different approach for this starting January.
- I didn’t take my driver’s G test, which I need to do before June 2014. Pressure is on! Moving helped though, as the fear of highway driving that I had in earlier years has pretty much gone away.
- Did not make enough efforts to keep up my ability to speak/read French.
- Unlike almost every other crafty thing I’ve tried, I was not smitten by cross stitch. I signed up for the Woodland Sampler, and didn’t get past the first month. While I have a couple of cross stitch books and patterns that I really like, the set up required for me to work on cross stitch projects makes it far less portable and flexible than I hoped (magnifying lens and super bright light). I’ll still do it now and then, but definitely not enough to keep up with a sampler.
- Did not finish nearly as many sewing projects as I would have liked.
- Did not master bike riding at. all.
Things I learned
- I love the quiet that we have in our new neighbourhood.
- I learned new camera skills thanks to Aran Goyoaga – I’ve been able to apply these skills outside of food photography which has been really helpful and enjoyable.
- In two different workshops I learned more about negotiating and leadership reputation. While these were work related courses, the insight I gained from them will benefit me in all areas of my life.
- Hand-piecing quilt blocks is not as onerous as I thought it might be, in fact I actually enjoyed the simplicity of a craft that doesn’t require following a pattern with every movement of my needle. Cutting out quilt blocks – now that’s a different story. I still don’t like doing that.
- I taught myself to make different jams and fruit preserves, and far exceeded my own expectations about how much I could produce (64 jars of yummy fruity goodness)!
- A phrase that caught my eye this year: “I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.” 2 Corinthians 12:9. I definitely needed to remind myself of this a couple of times in 2013, and more importantly, there were a couple of times where I needed to hold on to the idea of conducting myself with grace when I really, really wanted to do something else.
- I learned that I like ramen, a lot. Like a lot. I crave it weekly.
Things I am grateful for
- A loving, supportive and fun relationship with my husband
- A wonderful family that I love spending time with.
- A circle of close and trusted friends that I can rely on to talk me off ledges, give me sound guidance, teach me things, manage flat tires with and make me laugh til I cry.
- New friends I’ve made this year through different avenues – I hope to get to know them better this year.
- Good health
- Shakes- constant companion and smile-maker.
- My own skills – they bring me enjoyment, help me stay employed and allow me to share things I enjoy or find interesting with others.
- The luxury and freedom of choice.
See you next year with a post on plans, goals and ideas for 2014!
2013 in pictures