Mid-February?! Already?!

I’m really not sure how we are already halfway through February of 2019... 

It feels like it was just New Year’s Day yesterday...  

 

And then again, it doesn’t.  

We’ve had multiple obligations, multiple illnesses, a bit of fun, and a few celebrations.  

 

As I type this, I’m working my way through a bout of “true flu” (the doc’s words, not mine.) Seems like everyone is getting it this year... “fun” times I tell ya. 

 

But let’s not focus on that, ok? Instead... let’s touch upon some highlights.  

1. Our menagerie has grown to include a baby hedgehog (and I am SERIOUSLY obsessed). 

2. I’ve been managing to balance work and life and have even fit in a good amount of sewing. While the home front overall is still a disaster... we’ve been working out some kinks. Baby steps. I guess. 

3. I’m president of my quilt guild this year and have survived my first two meetings in that role. I’m super excited about what we have planned and can’t wait until it becomes a little more routine to pull all this stuff together. 

4. At the beginning of the year I set a goal for myself to take classes on a regular basis. I’m in the process of completing my first motion graphics class and already have a sewing-related class and two Skillshare classes under my belt. This kind of blows my mind! 

5. And I think that’s pretty much it. I’m drawing a serious blank on what else to share. 

 

So I’ll leave you with these two photos of baby hedgie: 

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Looking Forward

I’m not sure how it’s already the first day of the last month of the year...

I’m both feeling oddly accomplished for the year, and woefully under accomplished. Rather than making this a recap post for the year (that one is coming)... I’m going to focus on what I want to do moving forward.

I miss this corner of the interwebs. I miss the process of writing. I miss sharing my thoughts with the blogosphere... and reading their thoughts in return. I unintentionally walked away from all social media platforms this fall. I only missed Instagram. So, I’ve intentionally decided to stay away. While I need to stay on FB to moderate some real-life groups I’m involved in... I’m only participating in that capacity. I’ve returned to Instagram, and will only invest my time here and there moving forward. Because one of my biggest lessons of the year? I will never, ever have enough time for all I want to accomplish in this life. And if I have to choose, I choose this. Even If it means talking to no one. (Can we promise to make 2019 the year we bring the blog back?!) 

Time. Clearly not enough. And this past year I’ve spent way too much time beating myself up for not using it how I wanted. My personal challenges became burdens. So in 2019, I’m simplifying them. Less goals, more focus on being present. Being creative. However that may be. I’m not walking away from my goals completely, but re-embracing what this site was originally meant to be. I’m not sure if I’m setting myself a “frame a day” goal. Or if I’ll buy a roll a film and just set a goal to shoot one roll of film next year. I’m not sure if I’ll have a finish X amount of quilts this year or a simple goal of thirty minutes of creativity a day or a week. 

I’m going to take time to capture images, edit images, share images. I’m going to engage more with those that take their precious time to comment here and on Instagram. I’m going to take the time and upload them to Flickr. I’m going back to the basics, my roots. 

Looking Forward, but Going Back. In an odd way, this feels like progress to me. Looking Forward, Making Time. Finding myself a bit more that is the chaos of these days. These days where multi-tasking and kid-chauffeuring seem to be the norm.  

2019. I’m Looking Forward to you. 

 

Picking Up...

Where I left off. It’s been a while since I have been in this space. Three months, essentially. But while I’ve been silent on all my blogs, and my social media accounts... I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching and behind the scenes work to head into the new year strong.  

I’ll be closing the family blog down. It’s run strong for 11-ish years... but it’s not, and has not been, my happy place. One day, I will share more of the “why” behind that ... but for now... it’s not where I want to be. I’ve also decided to shut down the business site completely. I feel that it’s time for my second career... and graphic design and photography are not currently where my passions lie. I’m still figuring out how to transition my current clients to others or hold on to them... but my pursuits will be along another line completely. I’ll also be leaving twitter (Not that I ever really engaged), trimming who I follow on other platforms to subjects I’m truly interested in (and friends, natch), and... I’m even considering deleting my facebook account.  (Crazy, I know.) 

Now that I’ve covered where I won’t be. How about where I have been?! I’m still on instagram as @modernlittleme ... I’m also on micro.blog under the same name. While I can’t say I’m there daily, I do try to be. I’ll also be here more often, and hopefully with more depth. I really do want to be more *present* in all areas of my life. Including those in the inter webs. 

This site started as a personal project (that, uh, failed)... but it’s the identity that really reflects who I want to become, who I am, at this moment in time. I’ll be working on re-vamping some of the messaging, so expect a few hiccups here and there... but I promise, it will be the place to hear about me, my adventures, and my family. Hopefully. 

Until then, be happy friends.