We are almost at the end of week 1 of 2018 (gasp!).. this week passed by in a flash as I played nurse and watched over the mister and junior who were both down with fever and a nasty flu. What a bumper! To ensure everyone ate well, I managed to cook our favourite beef stew which was really comforting to the tummy. Week 1 at work was also manic and it will probably stay this way right up till my maternity leave.
Speaking of which, this year is going to be one exciting year as we welcome our little one. It is going to be a year of transition, getting to know one another and settling into a new routine. With God’s grace, I’m sure we can do it!
The theme and word for the year is Focus. I often find my thoughts drifting off to a million different things and places as I try to balance and juggle the different aspects of my life. I have been wanting to be less distracted and to achieve more.
No doubt this year is going to be a year of spending more family time. And honestly I do foresee a year of steep learning curve as I try to balance and juggle, understand/empathise new emotions and tacking family dynamics. Besides that, I would love to be able to spend more quality time with the mister without having conversations that revolves around work or the kids. It goes without saying that I have plenty to learn when it comes to parenting and I do hope to emerge as a better parent/mum at the end of the year. While travelling may seems like a faraway thought for now, as a family, I hope we continue to explore the great outdoor and nature on our shores. I would also like to spend more time with my firstborn in engaging him in more crafting and learning sessions. And of course loving and getting to know our new addition to the family!
Drawing closer to God
In 2017, I picked up a new skill which was modern calligraphy. I’ve always liked writing and felt the natural push to pick it up and started by writing bible verses as I spent time conversing and getting to know God. This is definitely something I’ll want to continue doing as I spend more time drawing closer to the Lord.
Looking back at the week that just passed made me think that I got to be more intentional about health and fitness. Not just for myself but also for my family. Last year in my attempt to get healthier and fitter (and to also shed some weight), I stayed away from sugar and started on a fitness regime. I stopped when I got pregnant because the first trimester was just crazy.I felt good when I was taking charge of my health and wellness and while I’ve back-slided due to the pregnancy, I definitely want to hop back on once I’m ready to do so. I often hear the saying that goes: “you are what you eat” and I believe it’s true.
During my first 2 trimester, I was constantly nauseous which made cooking almost impossible. With that, we ate out more often than I would like to. Taking charge of my family’s health would mean for me to get back into my cooking groove and whip up healthy and nutritious meal and certainly, I will be sharing more recipes on the blog.
2017 was of new beginnings as I started work at a new place. There are still plenty to learn and ropes to grasp but I’m settling in well and looking forward to what the year will bring.
Ever since we started Apricot Fabrics, I have been getting immense support from the sewing community which I’m really grateful for. It certainly wouldn’t have been possible if God hasn’t been there encouraging me in ways I would never have imagined. While running a venture is not always rosy and there were times I question if I should even continue, I always manage to come around and have renewed faith that this is something I enjoy doing. 2018 looks like it’s about time I scale up this little venture and see where the wind will bring me. So join me on this journey over at Apricot Fabrics as I share more.
Last year I only managed to publish 31 posts which was a far cry from what I’ve set out to do at the beginning of the year. I was disappointed with my productivity and questioned if there was even anyone interested in what I’ve to say or is still reading this blog. Over the year, I’ve read all kind of blog posts on “how to make your blog successful” and the common themes were: 1) be authentic and true to yourself, 2) find a niche topic to blog about and 3) upskill on taking better photos. I’ve felt overwhelmed and wondered plenty of times if my blog was too varied to keep a captive audience. There were also times where I felt tired and frankly questioned my motivation for keeping this blog alive. Towards the end of the year, work was really hectic and by no means it was easy feat to be a full time working mum and yet have a colourful/creative life. I really needed to know what was it I should do and my motivation for keeping this blog and other social media platforms alive.
I won’t lie to say it didn’t make me feel good when people takes interest in what I have to say. I definitely appreciate that a lot. But besides that, I’ve come to terms with it that even if no one is reading, I’ll want to continue writing/posting on this blog and my Instagram as 1) I enjoy doing it, 2) I’m able to document memories/thoughts etc and 3) have a creative outlet. And so I’ve decided that I’ll continue to post varied topics and stop fretting over if my photos are on par with other bloggers.
Pretty sure my thoughts are going to evolve throughout the year but one can dream and I hope to be able to do more of these:
– A monthly update of Junior and Misspetite so that I don’t forget easily the things that happens or funny things that has been said.
– Sewing projects; sneaking in a few sew-alongs and maybe launching some free downloads.
– Comeback of my sewing related interview series.
Every sewist I know have a long list of projects waiting to be tackled and I’m no exception. I’m pretty proud of how far I’ve come since my teenage years where I thought sewing was only for grandmothers. My only regret was not learning this skill from my mum and grams earlier when I had all the time in the world. But I would like to think that it’s never too late to acquire a new skill. I’ve upskill quite a bit in 2017 and I definitely hope to do more and continue to upskill in 2018. Although I don’t know how I’m going to find time to sew when Misspetite arrives, we are just going to have to adjust accordingly. I’ve also started to be more confident in sewing for people especially people around me, and I can’t wait to do more and level up on my confidence. I’m looking forward to sew more for the kids (oooh.. girls dresses), the mister and for sure myself.
Phew.. a really long post and if you have made it this far, THANK YOU FOR STICKING AROUND! Here’s to a great 2018 and I hope it will be a year of fulfilment, excitement, happiness and good health!