Jan. 3rd, 2017

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Well, my hope last year of becoming more consistent with my journaling really took a nose-dive. It has been almost two months since I posted something. To be honest, it even crossed my mind a few times and I didn't do anything about it. I do better when I keep my laptop out and easily accessible instead of put away.

My holidays were not great and I spent most of my time in a funk.

I have decided that my 2017 is going to be better than 2016. That shouldn't be hard since I have no more close relatives to lose. :/

I wrote something on Facebook the other day that I would like to share here. I will not call it Resolutions, per se, though my husband pointed out that is what they are even if I do not call them that. He can kiss off, though... I wrote them because they are things I want to focus on changing in myself. The timing of the statement is irrelevant.


My 2017 Changes
Monday, January 2, 2017

Well, I have to say that 2016 was a tumultuous year for me and for many folks.
Time to turn our gaze forward and work to make our future more of what we want it to be.


1. I will be on Facebook only a couple times a day, not all day. I am leaving my phone on the charger and going about my day as needed. I have specific things that demand my time every day of the week. Facebook is not one of them. For anyone attempting to reach me, you can still message, text, or call me. I am just not going to be attached to my phone anymore.

2. I am establishing a Sewing/Craft Project-of-the-Month. The PotM will change on the 1st of each month and I will post it as a Journal entry which I will then share to my Facebook wall. Updates through the month with progress pictures, thoughts, changes, etc., to the project during that month will be in comment form under that one post.

3. I am devoting myself to being a better and more attentive student. I started last year with that goal for myself and then my world imploded with the death of my little brother. I am past that now and am starting anew.

4. I am devoting myself to one faith. Due to the amazing generosity of a friend, I have been expanding my thoughts, processes, and even my spirituality into all sorts of different areas to see what sings to me, what breaks my mind open. In the end, it is still the Northern Gods and Heathenry that speak to me.

I plan on checking in with this plan periodically through the year, to touch base with myself regarding my goals.

I wish myself and all of us luck during 2017! : )

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In the wake of my decision to devote myself to one faith, I was gifted a dream that has me very excited.

I usually have very scattered and disorganized dreams full of disconnected images and emotions that are hard to interpret. This dream was different in that it had a specific part that had me sitting up on the edge of my bed in the darkness of pre-dawn with the name "Loki" repeating in my brain. I stumbled up and went to find the Dream Journal binder I had made for class so that I could record the details before they slipped away. I kept all the lights off so that my rational mind didn't kick in too soon. I discovered that I had not put any paper in it, only the plastic sleeves used to hold hand-written sheets of paper. Then... still finding no notebook or something with lines on it, I grabbed a piece of printer paper and started writing.

Intuitively, I did not try to write in sentences. I just wanted to get down the main details of the different sections of the dream so that I could recall images later.

The Dream and My Analysis )
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My inaugural Project-of-the-Month will be to complete all of the things that I keep tossing on to my sewing machine. You cannot even see my machine because of all the stuff piled on top of it.

Specific items are:
- A bag of fleece for the Animal Care and Control no-sew kitty blankets (group project)
- A prototype for hubby's vest of plates (for SCA heavy fighting)
- Hemming and altering a blue kirtle for me (SCA)
- Two tops that are too big - need to make them fit my shoulders and chest
- A pair of cool jean shorts that are too big - want to narrow them to fit my waist and hips
- Two old pairs of jeans that I *hate* as pants but may love as shorts

This is the starter list and it may change as the month goes forward. I hope to post progress and pics in comments to keep me accountable.

EDIT: 1/4/2017
- Adding a cotton corduroy coat I want to overdye.


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