Jammiepalooza 2016 and Thoughts on 2017
Thank goodness we are seeing the backside of 2016. What a shitty year that was. Truly.
Obviously there were some great moments. Like the Cubs winning the World Series of course. And the fact that my family won the holiday card competition this year. What? You didn’t know there was a competition for family holiday cards? Well, we won it. See below…
See what I mean? 😉
And of course, Jammiepalooza 2016, while stressful in the making, was a huge success again this year. A total of 14 PJ’s made (3 adult sized pants, 2 teen sized pants, 5 kid nightgowns, and 4 kid sized pants). I don’t have pics of everybody, but I think you get the picture…
As I have mentioned in earlier posts, the past two years have been pretty busy what with getting married and having a much larger family to coordinate, teaching sewing classes, co-running the art program at Jack’s school, and getting a certificate degree in art. I haven’t had much time for sewing for myself and I miss it. I am not much of New Years Resolutions kind of a person, but this year, I might be. I have thought about how I spend my time every day, and I’m embarrassed to admit that a lot of it is on social media. Back in ancient times, the internet was my way into sewing. I needed those social connections to help me learn how to sew and read blog after blog after blog every day. I spent hours reading blogs and commenting on other blogs. I wrote my own blog. After I moved to San Diego and the need to reinvent myself arose, I stopped reading blogs, and pretty nearly stopped blogging myself. I had tons of time to volunteer at Jack’s school, to sew, to research a new career. Giving up blog reading gave me a ton of time. But then Facebook and Instagram, and stupid game apps started taking up my time. I want to be productive again. I want to sew for myself again. So my New Years Resolution this year is to reduce my distractions. I am going to limit my social media consumption and participation to once a day for a short time, instead of checking in every time I think of it. I want to have more time to create in-between all my other obligations as a mom, a wife, a teacher, a student, and as a volunteer. If I can do that every day, create or make something, then I will be happier. I will feel like I’m accomplishing something for myself. A gift to myself. Something meaningful to myself. If I am happier, then I will be better at the mom job, the wife job, and so on. I realized that I was not feeding myself, and that in fact, I was robbing myself of something very precious, Time. I was wasting too much of my time on things that didn’t provide me with real tangible products. When I spend my time painting, I have a painting at the end of it. When I spend my time liking things on Facebook, what do I have? Nothing. Nothing but wasted time.
So 2017, I am really looking forward to you. I can’t wait to see what what we make together!