2014 – The Year of Flow

At other points during the year I wonder why we put such an emphasis on January 1st.  But then it rolls around, after the holiday madness and before the long stretch of winter that is left.  And it feels like a fresh start!  A time to make new goals!  I am very excited for 2014.  It is the year I am getting married!  The year of settling in to our new life that we created in 2013!  And so this year’s “one little word” will be flow.  Last year’s word was acceptance and this year’s word just seems to fit right after that.  I have accepted who I am as a crafter and now it is time to go with the flow.  Flow is also one of my favorite psychology concepts by  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.  From the book, “During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life.”  I plan to craft this year with flow.  If I am not experiencing deep enjoyment or involvement, I will not do it.  And so my goals for the year center around the concept of flow:

  • Enjoy the crafting for my wedding.

We are getting married in June and all of the major details are planned.  But I could just see myself going overboard on little things.  Which I refuse to do.  I will not be crafting at 3am just to get something done!  It can be skipped.  I have been in enough weddings to know the details are not the important part.  And I have seen exhausted brides because they spent too much time working on things the week before.  That is not happening here!  I am going to enjoy the crafting or not do it.  Part of my strategy is to space out some of the projects I do have in mind.

  • Keep track of my three stashes again – fiber, yarn, and fabric.

This goal has really worked out well for me over the past couple years.  I always try to produce more than I bring in and keeping that in mind has really kept me in line on purchases.  Maybe this year I can even wait until Maryland Sheep and Wool before I buy any fiber or yarn (beginning of May – probably too ambitious).  But realistically, I could try to contain all of my full skeins of yarn and fiber in the 45 gallon tub that is already full.  Knitting even one sweater might make this happen!  It’s a thought.  The quilts I want to finish this year should also put a dent in the fabric stash.

  • Start and/or finish at least five projects for myself.

Sometimes I get caught up in the projects I make for friends and family. I really love making gifts, but I also want to stay in the flow by making myself a few things.  I should finish the t-shirt quilt I started.  I need to finish the Charlotte’s Web Shawl that I am about halfway through (but put aside for gift knitting).  I could knit a sweater for myself out of my handspun yarn.  There are a lot of possibilities!

  • Start an outdoor garden at this house.

At the old house, I learned how to garden by starting a square foot garden that was 4′ by 8′ and mainly in the shade.  Now I have the opportunity to have as big of a garden as I want in full sun.  What an opportunity!  I know it is going to be a busy spring, but even one tomato plant would be progress.  Looking forward to it.

  • Paint the rest of the house and put curtains up in every room.

We have made some progress on this front, but my living room still has the 1995 curtains that came with the house.  And we still need to paint the bedrooms.  We have a lot of home renovations in mind, but the decorating touches would be a good goal for the year.  I would really like to attend some auctions and garage sales this summer to look for new furniture as well.

 

Five goals for the year is pretty reasonable for keeping in the flow.  There are lots of possibilities for new projects and personal enjoyment.  I look forward to crafting in 2014 and I hope you will join me on the journey!

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