|My year end TUSAL. What's a TUSAL? Read on...|
Roller coaster ride, for sure, complete with scary and exhilarating bits. I confess, my wish for this year - as it is almost every year - is for peace and quiet. Peace from contention for myself and those around me, and quiet enough to be able to listen to my interior thoughts. Of course, a huge part of achieving that is simply insisting on making room for it, and that is something I am always working toward, rather unsuccessfully. And part of it is dependent on what life brings. What last year taught me is that Michael and I, between us, can face some challenging stuff without unnecessary trauma. That's a really nice thing to be able to trust.
I do not, as a rule, make 'resolutions' for New Years, but I do like to set a few intentions, and these are mine:
1. This is annual - I'll be blocking out what stitchery projects I will be doing throughout the year. This year, specifically, I want to do ornaments for all nine of my grandchildren. It's been a few years since I have, and it is time. Every time I do this, I consider it may be the last time my hands will let me do it for them. Additionally, I have a couple large pieces for us that I'd like to finish, and I want to work on a couple auction pieces, starting early enough to get them done before various auctions occur. (In other words, plan ahead!)
2. Healthy eating - Michael and I didn't fully give up, but we did allow ourselves to ease up on a lot of snacking and carbs, with inevitable results. He did such a fantastic job last year shedding weight that has plagued him for a long time, I want to ensure that isn't undone. (Meanwhile, my excess pounds seem to be plastered on with crazy glue, but even without weight loss, I know avoiding certain foods makes me feel better and it's worth it)
3. Soap Making! I plan to devote time each month to learning the art of soap making, from simple to progressively challenging. I am very excited by this! I try to learn a new skill every year, and this is in for 2014.
4. My Dedicant's Program for ADF. That was the entire basis for beginning this blog. Michael finished his and is now preparing to work on his Clergy Training... and I'm still puttering along. I am ok with that as the way it needed to be... it was helpful to me to simply experience ADF without worrying about formulized documentation. But at this point, that's what's missing - my documentation And there are so many truly intriguing study options available once this is done, so.... going to get it done. I'm striving for before my birthday in early June.
5. Household organization - my lifelong nemesis, but becoming SO critical if we are to move forward on our various desires. I need to set up a systematic plan for decluttering and then maintanence that won't totally run away from me when my RA decides that I can't manage a work day.
6. Finally, this year, I will not only be serving on our UU congregation's board (until summer - I will not be re-running for next year), but I was elected Member Advocate on Cedarlight's Witan (their board). It's a new position, and that's intimidating enough, but my continuing to feel like I am very new compared to so many others there is also intimidating. But my intention is to do my very best, and I am humbled by being allowed to serve in this capacity, and very grateful for the opportunity to do so. I'm thinking a lot of Isaac's Bonewitz' delightful maxim, "Why not Excellence?".
Sooo... TUSAL?? It is the Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long, where each New Moon, stitchers show off not their work, but their jar of thread snippets, or ORTS (Old Ratty Threads). Why? Well...why NOT?!
Above is my jar over the last year - minus those threads that wound up in little pill bottles when I was out and about and forgot to toss them back into the main jar. The threads will be set out for birds for nesting materials - I've done various things with them over the years, from offering them to a good fire to using them to stuff ornaments, but I like offering them to our local birds best.
And so, on this first New Moon of 2014, my totally empty jar awaits a year's worth of filling up. Into this jar will go the labor of my hands, the love I send to those I stitch for, the meditations that come while hands ply the needle, and the frustrations of threads frogged out again when a mistake has been made. I look forward to it all.
Happy New Year!