Thursday, 4 January 2018

2018, apparently

This is the year in which I will:

Fresh ink, a clean page, sustainable living

  • Go on a writing retreat
  • Attend Dance Bootcamp again 
  • Commit to Aerial Hoop as my preferred circus medium
  • Renew my passport and actually use it
  • Know when to push myself
  • Know when to stop.

Those are not resolutions, they are intentions. 

Tulle Shawl by Curious Handmade, Knitvent 2017

I thought about having a word for the year - you know the concept?
A logo to slap on my forehead and stare at in the mirror every morning, to repeat like a mantra until I become a better person.
The words that occurred to me were "strength" and "balance".
So I am teaching myself to perform a handstand.
No, really I am!

First square of my Brighton Plaid blanket
I am still very much "a woolly person" as my new neighbour described it, on viewing the state of my table.

My current works in progress are mostly socks (five pairs!), but also mittens (two pairs) and the beginnings of a Brighton Plaid crochet blanket, which I am very excited about.
Christmas Eve cast on:  Twas the Night Before Christmas pattern
Day One of my return to the workplace knocked me out, for no good reason.
I could not summon the energy for my aerial class, failed to eat properly, and was in bed by 7.30pm.

Day Two was better.
I took a sock to knit at lunchtime, bought the ingredients for dinner (Black Bean and Peanut Stew) and talked myself back off the precipice of anxiety, because... WTF Roo?!  

Know when to push myself and know when to stop.

Read more, write more, eat more, treat myself more kindly.

Take more time to just... be at peace with myself.
That's the hardest thing of all.
Trying to do... less?

Happy New Year, dear readers!


  1. Balance is the answer. As I've got older I used to do this and that, now I say to my friends, it's this or that. Things change and one has to adjust to where one is in life, it might not be where you would like to be, but go with it and make the most of where you are now. "Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

  2. Trying to do less is really hard (says a recent retiree)-- still working on it --strength and balance are excellent words

  3. Happy New Year Ruth as you transition into your new life. Please be gentle with yourself and eat well xxx

    1. Thanks Susie - I am doing my best!

  4. I hope 2018 is kind to you Ruth. I think Lilbitbrit said it all x x x

    1. Thanks Lorna - and a very happy New Year to you and Mike too :)

  5. Happy New year, my word for the year...Lego

  6. I've read your blog for a long time, but never comment (since I usually read on an aggregator on my phone). I've been meaning to tell you how I love your posts and how you are adapting to all the changes life has thrown your way. I hope you keep writing and inspiring us all.

    Thank you for this place of growth and strength. Peace and reflection in the new year.

    1. Thank you - it is always so encouraging to hear from my hidden cheerleaders! :) Happy New Year to you too!

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  8. Argh, apologies for the previous post.

    Happy new year, Roo. Your door looks like the entrance to the calm. Here's to happy times!

    Have you discovered the rabbit hole that is ink? I have a few Lamy pens bought in the past six months. I love the feel and flow. If yarn is a habit, look at inks. The converters work beautifully.