Top 5 Reflections

Continuing my look at the Sewcialists top 5 of 2020 today we’re talking reflections. I have a mix of sewing and life reflections to share. Here’s the prompt:

Top 5 Reflections: What did you learn this year? It could be about sewing, but also life lessons that got you through these difficult times.

Working through The Conscious Closet

If you’ve been following me this year, you are probably sick of hearing me talk about this book! Working through this book and thinking about how to build a sustainable wardrobe that I absolutely love was a huge thing for me this year and has changed how I get dressed, how I sew, and how I buy clothes. I’m so happy I took the time to do this!

I’m so thankful for this hobby!

Early on in the pandemic, being able to get lost in a sewing project was a saving grace in my life. Planning it out, problem solving, having a beginning, middle and end to a project, were all things that helped me during a very scary time. While it’s cool to see how much my sewing improved or wear the things I made, I’m really just thankful that I had a hobby where I could shut out the rest of the world and focus on something else a little bit every day.

I love blogging and vlogging

I have enjoyed figuring out the best ways to share here and on my youtube channel! This past month especially, with blogging every day, I found myself never at a loss for things to talk about. I love this creative outlet and want to keep it going in the new year, but balancing how I manage it so it doesn’t take up too much time. While I love it, I do it for free and don’t need it to become a big energy suck or time waster!

I was able to find moments of joy in really uncertain and scary times

I am most proud of this. While I was very intentional and talked about joy a lot in December, this was something I worked on all year. I examined what it meant to be happy and what it meant to be joyful and discovered that I can be sad and scared and still be joyful, all at the same time. I can laugh and feel happiness, but those moments are fleeting. Joy is something I can carry within myself at all times and knowing that has brought me great peace during an awful year.

My Family is Great

I have a great extended family, but the four other people that live in this house with me, that I have been with 24/7 most of this year? They are so great. I’m so thankful for them. For the work that Chris and I have put into them and us and I do not take it for granted at all.

Reflecting on the highs and lows of this year has been a really meaningful exercise for me this past week! It’s made me think about where I am and how I feel with my life and tomorrow I’ll be sharing some of my sewing goals with you. But I’ve been thinking about big life goals as well and I like to think that I’m starting the New Year in a great place! I hope you’re able to do a similar exercise and that it makes you hopeful for 2021 and let’s you know that even when you cannot control anything in this world, you can control how you react to it and there is power there!

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