Looking Back

I always put off reviewing the year until the bitter bitter end.

Though I wouldn't necessarily say that the end of this year is bitter. It's been a rough year for us as a human race, but a pretty decent year in my own home. We spent our first full year in our house, watched Pasha go from baby to toddler, celebrated my sister's wedding, and prepared to welcome two new members to the family. On a professional level I published three articles with Stranded Magazine and started work as a virtual assistant for knitting-based businesses. Overall I'd say life at Casa de Geeky has been looking up.

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This year I set out to have "An Intentional 2017", which kind of makes me laugh because at least one major life event was not intentional. I wanted to be purposeful in my habits as we started life in our new home and to have an intention behind my personal choices. Honestly this came about because of my spending habits, which had not gotten out of control but seemed more driven by more consumerism than by necessity. This was the impetus behind my first resolution -- to only buy yarn in person (ie fiber festival, lys, etc) rather than online. I made it until the last quarter of the year and then I fell down hard.


My stash is no smaller than it was at the beginning of 2017, but I do have a lot more love for it. This wasn't my intention (eh? yeah? ok, I'll stop) for the resolution, but it did have the bonus effect of driving me to look at the yarn I already had when I had a need for an "Oooh! Shiny!" cast on, rather than going for an impulse buy. Then when I was in a store I purchased with the confidence that I knew what I would be making (for the most part). I know there is a growing trend of making 2018 a year of no purchasing, and I won't be doing that, but I am going to try to keep my spending offline and in person as much as possible.

Other resolutions fell by the wayside due to aforementioned personal life changes, but the other one that did stick was my resolution to read more. I shaped this as intentional by committing to the 2017 Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge, which involved reading books that fit within specific categories. I then also added in the Page 158 Book Bingo challenge over the summer and my reading really took off. Overall I read 104 books in 2017, not counting the six I started but didn't finish and the few that I am reading currently. Reading has become something I do constantly in a way that it has not been since I was a kid. Both Chris and I are committed to helping Pasha and the baby become lifelong readers and part of that is to model it ourselves so that they see how much fun it can be.

And let's not forget the other big thing to happen in my crafting life -- I started sewing. This wasn't a resolution, but in the spring I bought Love at First Stitch and decided to sew my way through. I didn't quite make it to the end because the pregnancy through a wrench in things, but it definitely started an obsession that I cannot ignore. I've made several things for myself, a few outfits for Pasha, and now I've started cranking out baby items for Stormy and my nephew. The ability to be more intentional with what we wear and how it comes into our home has been awesome and I'm looking forward to more sewing once I'm able to sit more comfortably at my machine.

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So here's to you, 2017. You were full of crazy and horrible things, but also many moments of joy. And you taught me that even when things are unexpected I can be intentional in how I react and respond. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to savor 2018.

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