Hold Those Resolutions!
It has only been in the past few years that making any New Year’s resolutions made sense to me. Postponing change to some arbitrary deadline like January 1st or graduation makes the commitment to change seem less serious than proclaiming, “Okay, I am making it happen now!” Resolutions always seemed to be about doing something I really did not want to do. Consequently, I refused to make any New Year’s resolutions for most of my life. Three years ago I decided to look at them from another point of view —what do I enjoy that I do not do often enough? Thinking about it that way I came up with two that I have renewed yearly plus one knitting resolution that has not gone quite so well.
[Clockwise from top left: Mannequins abstract modern art print from Elizabeth Rosen Art; 2012 New Years resolution notepad from Quotes & Notes; Dieter's spoon from Spoontaneous; Pink typography print from Sacred & Profane; "I lied about being the outdoors type" pillow cover from mybeardedpigeon]
Out with the trusty standbys — diets, exercise, cutting the dogs’ nails. Make those changes throughout the year.
[Clockwise from top: Upcycled music shaker from Belle Adore; "It May Be Twang" print from justajar; Vintage accordion from MademoiselleChipotte; The Three Musicians vintage photograph from Pedro Abreu Photography; Dove sound hole mandolin from Celentano Woodworks]
Hear more live music. Enjoy local musicians and visiting artists. Attend a school concert and pause to listen to a street busker.
[Clockwise from top: Give someone a hug original etching from atelier28; Cat's cradle greeting card from badbooks; Antique gold French ring from Adin Antique Jewelry; Genuine old Pagago woven friendship basket from Old West Gems;Mechanical moving picture from woodlucker]
Spend time with friends. Share a meal, take a trip or just give a call. Make contact with friends from long ago. Do not let daily life and routines interfere with making time for those you enjoy or want to know better.
[Clockwise from top left: Doreen 2 needles argyles vintage knit and crochet pattern booklet from howtobooksandmore; Original 1952 knit o graf sock argyle patterns from rainydayjoys; Golf socks block print from magprint; Large argyle glass serving bowl from FloatingGlassStudio; Handmade cashmere swing cardigan from movieboyproductions]
2010 — knit a pair of argyle socks. 2011 — finish one argyle sock. 2012 — unravel the half finished sock. It turned out to be hard to admit I will never make that particular pair of socks.
What are your resolutions this year?