2012 is drawing to it's close...
each year it's these quiet days between christmas and new year's that are my favourite
thinking back, looking ahead
i've found myself to be even more reflective this year and often catch myself in daydreams
the other day i stood at the window watching the snow falling off the trees for more than half hour
thoughts drifting like the snow as it fell
a little here, more there, until the branches were laid bare
and the tree stood straighter
the lacy beauty of the branches silhouetted against the lightness of the sky
i want to be like the tree...
i've been thinking a lot about my monthly words of 2012, and what a wonderful exercise in thought that was... what i strove for, what i was feeling
i want something different for this year though
this year is for my creative self
a year for me and what i want to do
last year i tried to do that, signing up for some fabulous online courses, none of which i have yet to finish - obligations always got in the way
so i've taken a bit of a ruthless stand, and stepped back from the things that got in my way
i'm going to channel my inner grade 4 self
and make a timetable
not a daily one but monthly
january is for clearing the decks
finishing up gifts and special orders
tidying, organizing, purging
february is for all things paper
march will be all about painting and collage
april will be all about embroidery...
well, truthfully, embroidery never really leaves the picture as a needle seems to find a way into my hand just about every single day!
may will focus on quilting
and that's as far as i've thought
i love the idea of a monthly focus on a technique - it's almost like a license to play
over the next few weeks i'll come up with a more definite plan - terms of reference with specific goals
kind of like a checklist
i've found i quite liked making lists....
things to make, things to learn, experiences to enjoy
a whole year ahead
i hope you can look ahead to the new year with same kind of joy and anticipation,
and that it will be a year of great discoveries and happiness for us all!