Monday, 1 January 2018

My Top Five for 2017

Well, 2017 is officially over and I have woken up to the perfect blank canvas that is 2018. New Year's Day is historically a little flat here at MOR Towers, usually due to an excess of wine Hogmanay cheer. However, this year has started in a bright-eyed and clear-headed fashion so it's as good a time as any for gathering reflections upon days past. 

I love reading everyones posts so I am joining in with Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow's Top 5 roundups. With no further ado here's my five. 


MISSES - In some respects last year was a bit of a roller-coaster although looking back it feels like a lot of positive stuff happened, even if it didn't always seem like it at the time. I thought that I would start with the misses as they definitely inform the hits.

I was made redundant from the day job at the start of the year - for the fourth time! This did not come as a shock, science is always a precarious industry at the best of times, but it never fails to fill me with a little self-doubt and anxiety of what's to come and how I will support myself and my family. I was lucky to find another job straight away but it is still a bit of a knock, especially having to move again. Also my dodgy bad back has mean that my mobility and ability to sit comfortably to sew have been somewhat limited. This is annoying but I am trying to ignore it. I am also trying to do without any painkillers. They knock me flat and make me feel like I am on the downward-side of a serious bender. When things get unbearable I try a bit of mindfulness and it sometimes works too.


HITS - For shame! I don't think that I have blogged, or even sewn five things this year. My biggest hit was actually getting back into sewing at all, mainly through the Sewcialist's TNT Challenge. My new TNT is New Look 6471. I have made two already, one unblogged awaiting photos, and I have another cut out and started to sew up. A very useful pattern for workwear, an easy sew and comes highly recommended.

HIGHLIGHTS - Strangely enough I would probably put being made redundant as a highlight as well as a miss for last year. I didn't like where I was or what I was doing and my new job is fab-u-lous. I love the team and I love my role. The move was also a surprise bonus. The small town where I am staying has a very relaxed vibe and is a nice change of pace. It has some great charity shops and I never fail to find stuff that I like. The major upside though is that Sprogzilla has moved down with me. This has made me incredibly happy. Working away from your family is hard and I had to do it for too long.

Another massive highlight was getting to meet Veronica from Vronni's Style Meanderings and Vix (and Jon) from Vintage Vixen.  All gorgeous, funny and incredibly stylish. I am so happy to have met them in real life and to have met some amazing people through blogging that I wouldn't have otherwise met. Thank you all for your support last year.

REFLECTIONS - From a pretty grim start, 2017 certainly surprised me. One thing that stands out is that I would like to have a little more "life" in my work-life balance. Not easy when you are a serial offender when it comes to being a bit of a workaholic.

GOALS - I am hoping to take full advantage of being much closer to London and other big cities to indulge in more art/theatre/phototgraphy/fabric shopping with Sprogzilla, keep up with my sewing and getting out and about. Also to sell my house and to find another one to do up. The hunt is on.

Well if you have read this far thank you for sticking with my stream of consciousness rant. Have you made a Top 5? Any goals for 2018 or will you just take life as it comes? Here's hoping that this year brings you magic and joy and that 2018 is filled with fun and adventures.

All the very best!
K xx

13 comments:

  1. I don't think I've made five things either but fortunately I haven't had to find a new home or a new job. Congratulations on always looking on the bright side!! All the Best in 2018.

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    1. Hi Sox, Happy New Year! Doesn't life just get in the way sometimes? You can start of with good intentions then stuff just *happens*. Never mind it all evens out in the end. Do you know I think that I am a miserable sod but the people at work always think that I am really positive. Wishing you all the very best for 2018 and I hope that your sewing mojo returns soon. Xx

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  2. I loved this post. You've been through a tough time but found loads of positives too, I felt uplifted by the end of it. So thank you!
    I hope things continue to get better and better for you in 2018 and that you sell your house and find the perfect one to do up.xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and kind wishes. There is an old Scottish saying,"Whit's fur ye won't go past ye" so I always think that no matter what life throws at you it is meant and in some way that you will learn by it. I do try to keep positive and retain my sense of humour about things. It doesn't always work though. Hope that the house goes soon too. :) Xx

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  3. Happy New Year!!!
    I'm beyond thrilled that Jon & I made it into your 2017 highlights. I think me and you need a day out in 2018 - sod anything else.
    You've coped with some massive upheavals - the job, moving country, selling the house. No wonder the sewing's been on the back burner.
    View A of that blouse is bloody gorgeous, I think you need another trip to Walthamstow for funky fabric! xxx

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    1. Happy New Year too! It really was great to meet you and Jon, even if it was fleeting. :) I would love to have a day out. That would be fantastic. Getting out and doing stuff is my unofficial mantra for 2018. To be honest I didn't see last year as full of massive upheavals but I suppose that they were. I have had to move so often for work now that it is second nature to me and. I have turned into a bit of a science-nomad.
      View A is the one that reeled me in. Even the fabric is gorgeous. Won't need tea leaves to see that Walthamstow is definitely in my near future. Never need an excuse for more fabric. Xx

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  4. Oh, you have had an event filled year! I am so glad you love your job and it's a bonus that you like where you live, too. It's fabulous that Sprogzilla is with you and settled.

    Such a shame about your back; I can see how it would deter you from sewing but you have continued to sew. Well done you and that blouse looks simply wonderful.

    It was such a pleasure to meet you and I hope we can meet up again soon! We could have a trip to somewhere different for a good old rummage....
    xxxx

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    1. Happy New Year, Veronica! It was certainly busy. I am so happy that Sprogzilla is here. It has changed my life. I would be a bit happier if my back was better but it never will be and I keep lugging bags and shopping so don't do myself any favours. Oh well, I am not going to let it define me or what I can do. I missed sewing and am happy to have my mojo back. It is a fab pattern. I am looking forward to finishing Version No.3.
      It was a delight to meet you. I had such a nice time and would love to do it again. A rummage on location sounds great. Xx

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  5. These days I take life as it comes and hope I can cope with the brickbats and make the most of the, whatever the opposite is! I am plagued with health issues as you know, so have to make the most of the good days, and not feel guilty about sitting with a hottie on the bad days.
    I hope 2018 turns out to be all you hope.

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    1. Thanks Edwina. Happy New Year and I hope that you had a lovely festive season. That is such a great attitude to have. I hope that your health is not being too much of a burden for you at the moment - the cold is bad enough. Still the wheel of the year is turning, warmer days are ahead and your beautiful garden will soon be springing back to life. Wishing you and yours all the very best for 2018. Xx

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  6. Good on you for looking at the bright side of life! I"m so sorry about your back - I hope your job is doing everything they can to make your workspace more ergonomic! You mentioned in a comment above that you keep lugging around bags and shopping - I developed a weird strategy when my wrists were really bad that might help? I would tie the tops of two plastic shopping bags together, then hang them over my shoulder so the load as balanced front to back. I certainly made it easier to stand straight and carry a heavy load! Sure, I looked crazy, but whatever! ;)
    Hope you and Sprogzilla have a great 2018!!!

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    1. Hello Gillian. Happy New Year and thanks for the kind wishes! To be honest work doesn't really have anyone that can do the ergonomic thing. I normally just stuff a cardi at the back of me to support my back. That is a great idea about the shopping. I will give it a go. I park in the back lane so never really bump into anyone. Plus, I never care about looking stupid. Hope that your back has not been too bothersome lately. It is really no fun sometimes. All the best. Xx

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