January 2016's Sunday Supplement
January! 2016! We bid farewell to christmas and look forwards; a whole dazzling new year awaits; what a privalege to be facing a new start and all the possibilities that come with it. January gets a bad rep but it’s so undeserved, especially if you ignore the BS and focus on the lovely things that this lovely first month of months offers.
10 Wonderful things to make, do and celebrate in the month ahead:
- Say thanks. We never got round to making or sending Christmas cards but we have been surprisinsingly organised in making our happy new year/thank you cards! Saying thanks is almost more important, don’t you think? A thoughtful email will suffice if you haven’t got time to make or send anything.
- Find your word for the year. A much more realistic and memorable way to start the year. Students coming to the Seeds and Stitches workshop will shortly be receiving a little bit of homework about this! (It was sold out but after processing a cancellation there is ONE ticket left!)
- Don’t forget to look back. It's often more eye opening than planning forward. Hannah has done this for 5 years and now calls it 'The January Book!' (She'll hopefully share more on the blog in the coming weeks)
- ‘Hygge’ up. Don’t fight winters darkness, embrace it as a time of turning inward and cosying up indoors. Inspiration here.
- Dream. Use these quiet winter days to do some future planning. It’s the perfect time to take yourself on a solo date to a cafe to dream.
- Don’t forget to go outside. The weather has been unseasonably mild (perfect running weather!) and it’s not even that cold here in blighty, so take advantage.
- Its marmalade time! Well it is in our house anyway. Seville oranges are in season now and make the most perfect marmalade. We always use the BBC Good Food recipe and highly recommend it.
- Go Wassailing! On the 12th night after Christmas day, it's time to drink Wassail (spiced cider) with friends, and 'wake' the apple trees from their slumber by banging pots and pans. A perfect excuse for some mulled cider, non?!
- Celebrate Burns Night. It’s on Monday 25th jan. Get the tartan out, crack our your crap Scottish accents and enjoy an offal-ie feast with friends.
- Look after yourself. Create as much time as possible to relax and meditate. Take a long hot bath (some homemade recipes here), go for a slow walk, do yoga or get an early night with a good book.
We are taking a detour from our usual content to share some news with you about the blog. (sob, sob!)
Some blog news; a letter from Davina.
Its been a while since I have last posted anything here and that is what I plan to write about today. I wrote a post a couple of months ago about My Season of Parenting, which talked about how immersed I am in parenting and the toll it is taking on any time I have to blog. This is something that many of you responded to by comment and was amazingly supportive to see how many people are going through the same thing and to consider more deeply how we can spin this on its head and enjoy it and not feel too tied down.
I have been working on trying to relish this period in my life as much as I can - I am so conscious that these little people in my life won’t be little for much longer and soon won’t demand or even want my attention. I have also been very busy with my work as an artist since going back to work in September and have recently been selected to be a British Council Artist Fellow, which I am so excited about. But the announcement has made me consider my work more seriously and given me a push to really go for it - something we all need from time to time - especially when working part-time and going in and out of work whilst having children. Through all of this I have come to a realisation that you can’t have it all and actually you probably shouldn’t try to! I Can’t truly focus on enjoying my kids, push my artwork forward, do all the life stuff that needs to be done on a daily basis and co-run a blog.
I am feeling very sad about it but my gut instinct is telling me I need to slow down and reduce my areas of focus and prioritise my family life and my art and step back from my responsibilities of the blog. This is not easy as I feel I have given so much to blogging over the last five years and its been such a journey of learning and inspiration from other bloggers and readers equally. It's provided me with a much needed focus and vent and motivated me to do things that I might otherwise have been too lazy to do and would have regretted afterwards. Its allowed me to critically reflect on my parenting choices and life style in general and has been a constant support to work so closely with Hannah and have so much wonderful feedback from you our readers. Its a big change for the blog but Hannah is very much in the driving seat and I see so many wonderful things ahead for Seeds and Stitches - watch this space! I will continue to write the occasional post as a contributor - so when I do feel I have something to share that will be useful I will share it.
I will miss writing regularly in this space but will continue to instagram regularly and hope to hear from you all there.
I can’t wait to see how the blog grows and wish Hannah all the best with its future.
Davina x x x
*Deep breaths*. I am gutted. But we are still close friends. I will be mithering Davina with blog chat and picking her brilliant creative brain probably way too frequently. I’m nervous but super excited about what the next year holds, and would appreciate your patience as I get to grips with solo blogging.
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