So many people I know or have spoken to couldn’t wait for 2017 to end. Life for many has gained in intensity and pressure and last year seemed to be the quickest and most stressful yet. For myself and my family this was indeed very true and very real.
When I look back at my very first post on the 11th Jan 17, I was bursting with the excitement of starting my blog and interacting on social media for the first time, particularly Instagram, enabling me to journal my sewing and creative journey. It started off well for the first three months, but then a family emergency hit, which meant I had to stop and place all of my focus on my family, which continued throughout most of 2017. This was an extremely hard time for us all and impacted on my physical and mental health. I had little time for my sewing and creative hobbies, which bring me a form of therapy and missed it very much. However, family comes first and foremost and always will naturally and with much love.
As a result, if you had spoken to me at any point before December, I would have been ready to rid myself of 2017, with the naive hope that wishing the year away would have brought stability, calm and happiness to our family of five. Of course this is utter crap as emergencies, disasters, stressful situations etc can come and hit at anytime and existing situations wouldn’t go away with a New Year. We always live in hope and this is why the celebration of New Year has such significance in most of our lives. The hope that next year will be better than the last.
I used to think this way too however, the extremities of my families circumstances, on reflection, provided it’s own positive end to 2017 and taught us all so much. For me, I realised just how strong and resilient I am going through what we went through. You never really know how well you cope until you are tested to your limit. Thankfully I am a tough cookie to crack and although I had many crashes and struggles with coping and confidence (both of which I have struggled with for as long as I can remember), I found that I can cope and get through anything, bringing back the confidence in myself I lost so long ago. The reason I am this strong is not just part of who I am, but also the strong family unit that my husband and I have created with my amazing children, which gives me that strength. Not only this but my wonderful extended family who have been so supportive and amazing to us all through this time, knowing that they were affected too and also had their own struggles to cope with. Our close friends, who are so dear to us, were fantastic for support and a listening ear, cup of tea or a glass (or three) of wine! Even though they felt they couldn’t help, their support was priceless to us. You certainly know who you can count on in a crisis I can tell you!
What surprised me was the contact I had from some of the sewing and craft community that I have got to know through Instagram. As I suddenly stop blogging and wasn’t on social media initially for some time, I had direct messages from some lovely people who actually missed my blog posts or presence. I was very touched that people I only knew mainly online could care enough to notice my absence. That was truly lovely. I know this is said a lot, but the sewing and craft community truly are a wonderful community. Thank you for caring.
I ended last year as a result, thoroughly blessed and thankful. Without having the year I had, I don’t think I would have really reflected on how wonderful my life is and being so grateful for the richness that my family, friends and my creativity brings. Sometimes, we need to stop and look at just what we have, through the the bad times and the good. Complacency creates a negativity and we are all guilty of that. I hope this post makes you sit back and truly think about what really matters to you. For me it’s family, true friends and taking care of me to ensure I can be strong for all my loved ones. Being creative with my sewing and other hobbies is right up there for bringing calm, joy and fulfilment personally.
I will end this short post (sorry no piccies on this one for the visual people!) as I think this ends the chapter on last year nicely, to begin a new chapter this year. I will post shortly my sewing plans and pledges for 2018. For now, here’s to a positive start to 2018 and whatever that may bring.
Love, peace and contentment to you all. xxx