We're halfway through January and I am thinking about the New Year. Long ago I gave up the idea of New Year resolutions and rather, decided to spend December and January taking stock of the past year and assessing my goals for the coming twelve months. I am the eternal optimist and balance my life view on the scales of fatalism and self-determination. Each year, I believe, will be better than the last.
I like to spend the last couple of weeks of the year giving my house a thoroughly good clean. From the aforementioned ‘mental’ cleanout to the practical scouring of washing blinds and curtains, to cleaning out cupboards and passing on what I no longer need to charity. No corner is left unexamined and unwashed. It’s a big job.
The nature of my business means that I always have creative projects on the go. I collect everything from vintage lace to old, weathered pieces of wood and I ration my time at flea markets for fear of feeding my addiction. There is always a bundle of treasures to find and I relish the fact that I can give a worn and tired item a new lease of life away from a landfill.
I am in constant danger of becoming a hoarder. Certain members of my household believe I have already crossed that line. Just as well they can’t read my mind. If I lived for another hundred years and worked 24/7, I doubt there would be enough time to accomplish every project idea tumbling around in my head. Creativity is a blessing and a curse.
This year is already bursting with projects. I have a book to complete, a business restructure to finish and a host of beautiful weddings and events to create. The house is clean, the cupboards are sorted, the hire equipment has had a through overhaul and reorganisation and up to six months out, many of my clients’ wedding and event planning work is finished and ready to go. I am even packed and ready for my first wedding of the year.
And still, there is a little time left over to make progress on some of those projects before the year really speeds up. Oh yeah! Break out the sewing machine, rev up the circular saw and gather up the paintbrushes. It’s time to tick some items off the creative list. There is joy in the smallest moments.
It’s going to be the best year yet.