So I have been thinking a lot about my plans for the coming year. In years past I have felt motivated to do more with my blogging: blog more often, do more tutorials, get sponsors, redesign the site, go to conferences, make patterns, the list goes on and on. But in recent months I’ve felt very strongly that I should do less. I realized that all those things don’t come very naturally to me and are just not a priority. I don’t think I’ll ever be a professional blogger, sewing competition winner, book writer or a pattern designer, but for now, that’s okay.
While I love this blog and I’m proud of what it’s become in the last few years, I haven’t felt much joy in blogging recently. I feel like I’ve been busting my ass off to build the blog up, but I’m not really sure what I’m aiming for anymore. And it’s hard to stay motivated when I feel like I haven’t been particularly successful at it.
Hideko and I have also been feeling pretty frustrated with the state of our home. We are both naturally messy people and we constantly collect things. Our already small apartment is filled with clutter everywhere and while it drives us crazy, we can’t seem to find a solution to stop it.
We also feel like we just never have enough time to do all the things that we want to do. Our schedules are packed with lots of great things, but it doesn’t leave room for the things that we should be doing or need to be doing. And it doesn’t leave time for doing nothing, and that makes us feel frustrated as well.
So after a lot of thinking and talking we realize that the one thing we need more of in our life is nothing. And less of everything. So our theme for this coming year is simplify.
I realize that this is a very common idea for many people, to try and simplify their lives. And I don’t know if there will be huge drastic changes in our lives, not right away maybe, but I’m hoping that this word will seep into every decision that we make. Before we buy things, we will have to ask ourselves, do we need this? Will it make our lives fuller, or will it just make our home fuller? Before we set our schedules and commit to activities, we will have to ask ourselves will this enrich our lives? Or will it make our schedules more hectic and take away time from other meaningful things? I’m hoping that this way of thinking will help our physical and mental well being as well. Physical clutter can weigh you down in ways you don’t even realize and I’m really ready to just let things go.
So this year, I’m hoping for less. Less buying, less spending, less making, less doing, less eating, less commitments, less multi-tasking, less blogging, less tv and electronics, less stress, less clutter, less crap. And in turn I’m hoping for more time, more saving, more space, more family, more peace, more music, more playing, more creativity and imagination, more health, more walking, more reading, more breathing, more mindfulness.
And yes, I said less making. Or perhaps I should say, more purposeful making. I feel like I get caught up in making things just for the sake of making something. I am invited to participate in truly awesome pattern tours or blog series’ or a cool new pattern is released and while I sometimes make things that we need, I often just end up with something that wasn’t really necessary and sometimes doesn’t get used or worn at all. And it’s to the point where the girls’ drawers are spilling over and we don’t have enough hangers in the closet. And sure I can put it into a snazzy montage of all the projects that I made in one year, but really, we just don’t need all that stuff.
And I worry about what I’m teaching my kids. Yuki is at the age where she has started asking for things every time we’re at the store. I want to teach her that we shouldn’t buy things just for the sake of buying things (which I’m totally guilty of). And our home isn’t here to just fill with as much stuff as possible. I’ve been able to watch Yuki play in a variety of places recently and I was amazed at how long she and other kids were able to play in a open space where they were able to use their imaginations and interact with each other. While in places that were filled with toys and stuff, they seemed to get bored quickly and needed much more attention from the adults. I want Yuki to want less and appreciate more. And I want her to know that we don’t need very much to be happy and healthy. And that what we do have, is actually A LOT.
So anyways, I’m not sure what that means in terms of this blog. I definitely won’t be blogging quite as often or as regularly. I may not blog at all, except for my Miss Matatabi posts (which I’ll still be doing). Or maybe I just need a little break and I’ll come back feeling renewed and motivated! We’ll just have to wait and see. But I will keep sewing and making, probably just at a slower pace. And if you want to keep up with whatever I’m up to, with sewing and family and what not, please follow me on Instagram – it’s one of the things I just can’t quit!!
Thank you to those of you who have been so supportive and been along on this bloggy ride with me so far. It really HAS been fun and I love the dialogues we’ve had and the flow of inspiration that goes around and around. I really do appreciate you and I thank you so much for being here!
So Happy New Year to you! I hope that you get everything you want out of 2015 and more! Or less, as the case may be 😉