I read Jenny Rushmore's blog this morning (she's a blogger and founder of the Cashmerette sewing pattern line) Her theme that she's not a before (as in before/after) really resonated with me.
I've never been one to make resolutions -- waking up on 1 January and deciding to change my life entirely (lose weight, go to the gym, save money, etc) -- that's totally crazy. Yet people do it all the time. I work at a fitness center and can attest to the fact that membership swells in January.....then falls back to normal in February (or the first snow storm).
The idea of before and after implies that something's wrong (before) that can be fixed (after). But rather than thinking in stark before/after images -- why not just think of one's life as a continual evolution and path to self improvement? And rather than focus on how one looks, maybe focus on being healthy (eat right and regular exercise), giving (volunteer anyone?), learning, and people?
My own goals for the year are varied. But I do want to sew more. Specifically the following.
Cascade Duffle Coat
All purpose tops (Lark Tee?)
These all seem to fit in with my lifestyle.