My dear friends,
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Last night, Zach I went to bed at 10:30 PM like any other night, and it was a little strange, to be honest. We, like way too many others were exposed to Covid over Christmas and decided to play it safe by staying home. Though, as much I missed the 12 o'clock celebrations and hoopla, it felt pretty wonderful waking up early, and getting the New Year started well-rested :)
As I sit this morning to write down and reflect on the intentions and goals I want to set for 2022, I can't help but feel a bit hesitant. Part of me has always been afraid of failure, and writing down big goals, only to fall short doesn't seem exactly like a "win". On the other hand, I'm aware that the world continues to turn upside down on the daily, and setting goals that don't understand what the future holds seems almost naive. And yet, it's what we do, and it's one way to proceed. My way I guess. Although, having reflected a bit on the past 4 years of my life... I don't think most of my accomplishments could be chalked up to goal setting. Some of them were, certainly, but the vast majority were more about leaning into what came next and being unafraid of taking a risk. If I were to tell my 17 year old self, on the brink of High School graduation, tired of high school drama and ready to "Start her life"...
"In 4 years time, you will have":
- Lived in London and traveled Europe
- Fallen in love
- Won $15,000 (3 years of scholarships)
- Interned in New York
- Worked as a seamstress for a year
- Lived through a global pandemic
I think she would have been floored. I guess this is to say, I still don't know how I feel about New Year's resolutions, and yet I continue to set them. I'm not against goals by any means, I know that many things require weeks of planning for it to come to fruition (i.e that garden will not water itself) but more so than anything I intend on leaning into what the day, week, and the year brings.
Loosely speaking... I'm hoping for more:
- Time spent outside
- Time spent with friends
- Moving my body
- And more NOSY! I'm excited about where my thesis project is leading me, and I can't wait to share more next semester.
Work in progress picture of the sweater I'm knitting.
KNITTING: The Louise pullover by North Side Knit Co, (photo above) and having lots of learning moments, followed by a lot of ripping out!
SEWING: The "Harlene overalls" by Merchant & Mills
LISTENING to: This episode by Radio Lab about "flopping". It feels very fitting going into 2022
LOVING: My cats. Surprise! It's been so nice to get to love on them more while I'm on winter break.
ENJOYING: dwindling down my "to mend" pile slowly, but surely.
I'll be peeping my nose into your inbox again soon, but until then, much love from me to you.
Your Nosy Neighbor,