Thursday, January 26, 2012

A To-Do List for the Weekend

Well, it was pretty helpful last time, so I think I'll try it again. Kevin's gone this weekend, so I translate that as 'get as much done as possible so I can spend lots of time with him when he gets back'. Publishing my weekend to-do list helps me plan and stay on track - so here goes. 

-visit Nickel Brook brewery for some treats
-vacuum my car (before the snow comes back!) and clean my house; I'm excited about this one!
-hand in application for the Tourism Award that Sweet Ice was nominated for (fun!)
-exciting screen printing workshop at The Print Studio on Saturday with Linds
-crafts and lattes at The Cannon with friends
-put my Christmas decorations into storage, FINALLY
-reorganize my studio - I'm in desperate need of a clean, relaxing work space
-make a big ol' pot of soup for lunches this week
-anticipate my dear husband coming home (he just left yesterday and I can't wait till he gets back!)

Hope you have a great weekend! Do awesome things!

(photo taken in Portland, at Voodoo Donuts)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hello!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! It was a bit of a drab weekend, but I do have some exciting things on the go.
Here's a little peek at my past few days...
1) Knit Night at the Brain - learning how to make hexipuffs!
2) Tired of wet feet, so I got some duckies at VV. Also ordered Hunter boots this weekend, so excited about those! I'm going to try to make my own fleece/knit inserts, asap.
3) Filmed a Sweet Ice syrup tutorial video with Lindsay. Still editing that - it's super cheesy but great, stay tuned...
4) Pin curls - my new go-to hair style. Takes about 5-10 minutes, and gives you BIG hair, which is always great.
5) Spent some time making buttons at The Cannon on Friday. Making buttons is so therapeutic.
6) Breakfast-for-dinner and teatime with the lovely Dave and Jenn.
7) A snowy day made me cold and happy.
8) Another nice afternoon at The Cannon with the most amazing latte and the Best Website Ever.

Here's to a brighter week! Kevin is leaving the country for a few days, so that's not nice, but it also gives me a chance to catch up on a few things. Maybe I'll make another to-do list to keep me on track. Have a great day, friends!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Years Resolutions

So, it's that time. New Years...the time when we make resolutions, hoping we can keep them, but knowing it's going to be hard.

I want to keep mine, so I'm writing them down in the case that it helps.

I've made resolutions before, and there's only one that has ever stuck. In 2006, I made a resolution that in the following year I was going to be a more genuine person. I was going to pull back the sarcasm and the surface conversations, and make a hard attempt to be more authentic in all areas of my life. This included things like recognizing my own faults and weaknesses, but more than that, it encompassed a life of being genuine with the people around me. It meant initiating real conversation with my friends, even when it was hard. It meant approaching people when there was strain in our relationship. It meant complimenting people when I thought something nice about them...even if that was the cashier in the grocery store and it was super awkward.

It was impossibly hard at first. I struggled through some really awkward silences as I tried to mend some hardened relationships. I made people uncomfortable, because for as long as I could remember, all we had talked about was school and TV. But, as I continued to push through it, I found myself changed. Five years later, after continuing to work on this day-by-day, I can say confidently that I am a genuine person. I care deeply for the people around me, and I try to let them know it in the best way I can. I'm quick to share my feelings, and initiate deep conversation. I let people know the things I love about them as often as I can. Many days, I even find myself holding back as I come close to gushing...and I've got no shame about it. I wear my heart on my sleeve, and while it's not for everyone, it's really working for me.

So, this year. This year I've got a few resolutions. I'll start with the simple, clear-cut, black-and-white ones, because, well...that's just easier.

1. Pay off my school debt. There's about $16k left, and I think we could do it in a year. It'll take some changes, for sure, so we'll see how that goes. Maybe I'll update here every few months about that one.

2. Make my bed every day. This is more of an experiment than a resolution, I suppose. I posted about this on Facebook the other day, and got mixed responses. A few people gave the classic 'Well, you're just going to mess it up again later' opinion, which doesn't hold any weight for me. This experiment is less about the aesthetic or practicality of The Made Bed, and all about the experience of sliding into a haven of tucked-in, wrinkle-free goodness each night. My friend Thea described a made bed as something that provides a sense of calm when everything else in your busy life is surrounding you with chaos. I have high hopes that it will give me a more healthy sleep, and actually make me an all-around better person. Like I said...high hopes.

3. This is the big one. This one involves a huge spiritual shift in my life, which is going to take legions of effort and self-control. It's something that has been floating around in my head and my heart for weeks, but was only realized and put into conscious thought today while listening to my friend Dave speak oh-so-wisely about 1 Corinthians 4. I'll link to his sermon once it's online, but for now, let me attempt to explain this 'movement' I hope to make in 2012 - it's 4-fold and gigantic. 1) Commit where I commit: I want my words and my promises to mean something, and I want to value my own time as well as that of others. Less wasted time, and more meaningful experiences. Taking care of myself and my home, so that I can spend more time committing to the things and people I care about. Discovering even more specifically those few great things I'm called to pour into and making sure that happens this year. 2) Learning to suffer well: We live in a broken world, and we can't wrap our minds around the terrible things that happen. I want to be a person who knows that is true, and who looks forward to God's kingdom being fully realized and everything set to right, but also lives in the tension of knowing that we're not there yet. I want to 'sit shiva' with my friends that are grieving. I want to acknowledge pain, instead to digging desperately for optimism. I want to make soup for people who are sad. I want to cry over broken hearts and broken lives. 3) I want to love with a spirit of gentleness. Taken right from 1 Corinthians 4:11: 'When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat.' This is huge, and still blurry in my mind - more on this in a few weeks. 4) I want to be quick to repent, apologize and admit defeat. I'm a prideful person, and I like to be right and given due credit. I hope, in 2012, I can come to terms with what it might mean to step down and admit that I am sometimes often wrong. I want to be sure to celebrate good things in lives of other people, without concern of how it affects me. I want to collaborate on ideas and on creative living, without feeling a desperate desire for credit and acknowledgement. I guarantee I will discover something very freeing about living this way. That's a huge 'resolution', but I know that if I can even begin to grasp some of the these concepts this year...that's really good movement and change for me.

So, those are my resolutions. All massive in their own way...but all three are possible and all three could be life-changing. I may update on these in a few months, and especially on the third one, as it becomes clearer and more concise.

Thanks for reading, and happy new year to you! I'd love to hear your resolutions if you have some...feel free to post below.