Looking Forward

I cannot believe there are less than two weeks left in 2017.

It seems cliche to say, but I really do find it amazing how fast the time has gone. And while I am not ready to look back on the year that was just yet, I am already looking forward to the year ahead. I haven't made any resolutions for this year because, well, baby. I learned with Pasha that making specific plans doesn't really work when you don't even know when the baby will be born, let alone what his sleeping, feeding, active schedule will be like. On the other hand,  I have made some very general decisions about how I would like life to look moving forward, starting with my theme for 2018 --

Savor

I've been pretty open about my struggles with Postpartum Depression. There are parts of Pasha's early babyhood that I can't remember or don't want to think about. I was so scared and freaked out by this tiny little human for whom I was solely responsible, and that led to some very dark places. Fortunately the people around me saw what was happening and I got help fairly early on. I was able to build strategies and action plans that have served us well over the last 18 months and will hopefully prepare me for the coming insanity that is a second baby. As much as I can I want to slow myself down when I start to feel the pressure to do everything and be everything to just enjoy the moment.

It's funny, but the first thing I thought of when deciding on "Savor" as my theme for 2018 was my bullet journal. I've kept one off and on for a few years, but I recently picked it back up. Most people start their resolutions in January, but I decided that I would start in December so that I could make sure it is something that I want to commit to.

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I've only used random notebooks in the past, so this time I decided to order a Leuchtturm1917 and get some nice pens to see what it's like to take things to the next level. I'm not into the fancy Instagram #bujo. I like to doodle a little, but I'm not an artist. Instead I really like the daily log concept because it gives me a way to really journal what's happening on a daily basis. I don't have a baby book, but I have the exact date Pasha took his first steps because I noted it in my notebook.

On a more creative front, I want to slow down more this year to savor the process. Home Row Fiber Co has posted a 2018 Make Nine, in which she has challenged makers to post nine projects they want to work through in the next year.

L-R: Bluet Dress, Deer & Doe; Veronika Cardigan, Shannon Cook; Suki Kimono, Helen's Closet; Little Sock Arms, Stephanie Lotven; Bettine Dress, Tilly and the Buttons; Peanut, tincanknits; Brecken Sweater, Kate Oats; Harley, Veronika Jobe; Hudson Pant, True Bias

L-R: Bluet Dress, Deer & Doe; Veronika Cardigan, Shannon Cook; Suki Kimono, Helen's Closet; Little Sock Arms, Stephanie Lotven; Bettine Dress, Tilly and the Buttons; Peanut, tincanknits; Brecken Sweater, Kate Oats; Harley, Veronika Jobe; Hudson Pant, True Bias

For mine I focused on garments, both for myself and the boys. A few of them I already have the materials for, and I've included both knitting and sewing projects. Will I get through all of them in 2018? Well, with two boys running (rolling?) around, we shall see.

How about you? Are you making plans for 2018?