Not to dwell too much on the bad, or to get too personal, but I closed my second shop last year. If you don't know (or are just joining in) currently I am a cheesemonger by trade. I own a shop that specializes in specialty cheeses, cheese-related condiments (think jams, jellies, oils and vinegars) and gourmet goodies. I have owned the shop for just over eight years. Two years ago I opened a second location. Over this past year, I realized that it was just not working. It was literally draining the life out of me. Every minute there became a chore and I finally pulled the plug this past October 1st. It was a really tough decision for me. I don't like to fail — I am stubborn like that. But my loved ones around me made me look at the tough reality of it. Just because I wanted it to succeed, did not mean it would. So let it go, I did. Now with a little distance, I know it was the best decision.
Next year, I hope is a better year. I want it filled with less worry and fear, and instead with more laughter and lightness. One of the things that I love most about sewing is the feeling of accomplishment that I get when I am done with a project, whether it is perfect or not. I want more of that feeling. So, with that in mind these are my goals for 2013:
Find Inspiration Nearby.
Have I ever shown you my sewing library? It is not brimming, but certainly ample. I have so many sewing books that have projects in them that I love and, for some reason, never have made. Instead I go to my pattern stash or worse, Joann's. This year will be filled with a few projects that I already own and have been inspired by. I can think of four or five books right away that have at least four projects that I have been dying to make. So, why not this year? I won't say that I will abstain from purchasing new patterns completely, that is just a set-up for failure :) But, I will try to keep it to a minimum.
I had to start a database to catalogue my patterns and fabrics. Need I say more?
Be mindful of what I sew.
This is something I have been thinking about since reading this and this. I love silks and fancy dresses as much as the next person, but if you actually read all of the stuff above, you will notice that I am in a food service-type job. Not a full kitchen, but silk and taffeta aren't exactly what I want to wear when opening up a twenty pound wheel of Gouda. I need to keep my job in mind when sewing. I do occasionally go to lectures, fancy parties and weddings, but not nearly as often as my patterns and fabrics would have you believe. I need to sew more for my lifestyle; items I can wear everyday and still feel special about my outfits. Whether a cheese girl or not that day. Not to say silk is out of the question, but maybe in the form of a skirt or top, instead of a cocktail dress! I don't want a closet full of dresses that I won't wear, what is the point of sewing if I can't enjoy each creation?
Sew a pair of pants/trousers.
At first I wasn't going to put this down, since I felt like the rest of my goals are very general and this is, well, so exact and binding! But there it is. It is now out there :) I do need to learn how to sew trousers. It seems like the next logical step, especially when I look at my previous goal.
So there it all is, very text heavy and I apologize ;) I am excited and ready for what 2013 has in store for me! Are you ready?!?! Weeeeeeeee!!!!!!