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Well…another year has come and gone, and I feel as though I kept some of my resolution, kind of kept a few more and plain old broke a few other. But that has it is for many people, as long as you are trying, and changing you are succeeding in my book. Usually I hide little notes to remind me of those goals or little sayings I chant to myself every time I wake up or get in a situation. This year I have a lot of small resolutions like keeping my house, car, and kids tidy (yes, I have messy messy kids). Getting more organized and buy lots of bins so I can have a place for everything (I keep telling myself that there shouldn’t be a “junk drawer” if there was a place for everything). I will take more everyday photos/videos of the boys and everyday life. I want to capture the candid goofiness and silliness more.
But the big goals I have are what will be most heavy on my mind as 2014 starts.
Before I talk about my new years resolutions I want to say….
I love my work. Love it so much I just can’t stop. But there are things that need to change.
I need to stop caring about what others think, are saying about me, and/or judging me. I need to stop judging myself. I need to think that what I’m doing is for my family and for me. Not for others.
I don’t want to get caught up in things not being perfect. I need to let go. No matter what people say about my life or my work, I can’t do it all. If something isn’t perfectly pictured or explained, I’m sorry. I put at least 5 to 10 hours into one tutorial post that in the end I’m burned out and I want to just spend time with my family or clean my neglected house. I want my blog to be perfect, but to be a good mother and wife I have to stop being a perfectionist.
So, I need to find help. I have big plans for my work, my future career, and I can’t do it all myself – if I want to be also have a family. When I have a few minutes here, a few hours there, I’m working on my site.
This is a full time job.
I’m either sewing away, taking pictures, editing photos, drawing up tutorials, finding inspiration, and/or typing away on my computer.          Honestly, its hard.          Its time consuming.            It can take place of being a mother, wife, and friend. And it can easily give me guilt. I can’t get a quality post out everyday and be a good mother at the same time. I haven’t found that balance yet. But this year I will make that a goal. To separate my work and my family time completely. I will spend the same amount of time, but spend it more wisely.  Only thinking of my work in the morning or night and being 100% wife/mother the rest. The problem is I love it. I love all of it. I love my work and I love my family. I just need to balance it better. 
This new year I will actually take to heart these things that have being weighing on my mind for years. Years! I’m actually going to make a change this year. 
What are your resolutions?
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Comments

  1. My goal is to focus my creativity toward one of my bigger goals rather than spreading it around. One big project rather than many little ones!

  2. I know we are complete strangers, but I just LOVE the way you expressed yourself for your New Year’s resolution and self-imposed expectations- well said and I COMPLETELY resonate. Part of my blogging experience has been to inspire people to be more creative and, often times, I’m so tired and uninspired myself that I’m not truly living the way I’m trying to encourage others to live. Anyway, thanks for sharing and thanks for offering a great giveaway! happy New Year!

    http://gumptiousliving.blogspot.com/

  3. I have avoided starting a few things because of the things you mention in your post. It occurred to me that most of the things mentioned can only be figured out by doing – by making mistakes and being committed to finding fixes. I am expected to have difficulties and not trying is a reaction to fear. My goal this year is to be fearless and it starts now! thank you for reminding me.

  4. I just want to say I love your blog, it is THE first blog I ever followed. Before I realized I could subscribe and get your posts sent to my email I would check your site EVERYDAY anxiously awaiting your next post :) And anytime I notice any typos I smile because it reminds me that you are a real person, with real children and a real husband(just like me! 😉 ), who loves to sew and share it with others. Your imperfections are what makes your blog my favorite! You are beautiful, your work is beautiful and your beautiful blog is such an inspiration to me. You not only create wonderful things but you make me want to do it too, and your blog posts make them so doable! I wish you the best for 2014 and am very much looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!

  5. I understand how you feel! Blogging and worrying about catching the moment of your kids or your SO can make it seem like you’re MISSING the moment. I think these are great resolutions and hope it works out for you! Have a great new year!

    Victoria
    atomosapricot.blogspot.com

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  7. The Kate Spade 25% coupon. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings. I think it’s hard not to have guilt as a mother whether you work or not. There’s always a list a mile long of things to be done better. And I think what makes that so frustrating is believing that everyone else is doing all those things better and magically able to balance everything perfectly. But I know it’s usually just a show and everyone is struggling and also hurting themselves by comparing. It’s a vicious cycle and I’ve been working on letting go of everyone’s expectations of me and just doing what brings happiness to me, which is spending QUALITY time with my kiddos. Good luck! I think you’re amazing.

  8. LOVE this post! My new years resolution is to write more about what’s going on in life. I’ve always felt its super important to document life so future generations can read what you went through good or bad. I love reading about history especially when it’s out of someone’s personal journal

  9. I love this post! I have many resolutions for the new year but my main goal is to abstain from fast food for a year. Wish me luck!

  10. Sorry to hear you’ve had negative comments. Your projects are always an inspiration. Keep up the great work Liz!

    x Elena

  11. I wish I lived closer so I could be your little assistant! You’re doing a great job, we all love you 😀

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  13. Your highest calling is wife and mother. Kudos to you for remembering to keep that in focus. Work is 4th after God, husband, kids, and keeping that in the forefront of our minds when everything else tells us that’s wrong or stupid or whatever is a difficult task. Your already successful and you inspire all of us. Even if you never have another blog post your blog so far has given me so much inspiration. Keep up your work as a wife and mom and if you have time for us after that, we will be happy and thankful! God bless you in this new year!

  14. Your blog is one of the very first sewing blogs I came across whep developed an interest in sewing my own clothes, and I loved it from the start. Your blog gave me the inspiration and zeal to keep sewing, because of your tutorials. Keep up the good work. I agree with Nicky’s comment. Family comes first. God bless you and your family. Have a happy and blessed 2014.

  15. Your resolutions sound so meaningful. It’s hard to give up caring about what others think, but the less we care the more we know what is really and truly right for us and our families. I love your tutorials by the way!

  16. Wowzas that is a lot of money! I have to say I love your blog. You are a big inspiration and I always so your posts pinned on pinterest. Do keep up the good work but don’t go crazy in the process.

  17. One of my resolutions is to blog more, share more and take more professional risks. Part of that is not caring what anyone thinks so thats right on.
    Thanks for being an inspiration.

  18. Whitney says:

    I want to put my phone down and be more present for my kids.

  19. Coriandel says:

    So kind of you!

  20. My goal is to have a monthly sewing project, take better care of my body and soul, and to not let every little thing get to me emotionally.

  21. Sound like great goals, Lizzie!

  22. P.S. My New Years Resolution is to finally start an Etsy shop to sell the weighted baby blankets I’ve been making & selling for years (just not on etsy)!
    etsy.com/shop/cottonandladen

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