Goodness me the early part of the year has been interesting. I felt a strange sense of disconnection as the year turned as if nothing was quite under my control. Rather than being frustrated by that I found myself welcoming it as I felt it was a long time overdue.
As a result there is much change in our wee Scottish family and so far we are able to welcome it. Change is an interesting concept. My old line manager used to say that I was his personal change agent in the workplace as I seemed to instinctively know how to create and manage change successfully. I think I am fearless when it comes to change and that has helped enormously over the years. I see change as an opportunity and I am in love with opportunities whatever shape or form they take.
Usually by now all my planning for the coming year is in place and then it is just a matter of rolling it out as the year unfolds. This year I only have a few tentative plans and even those are not set in stone and liable to shift as a result. The only thing that is staying fixed is my walking for wellbeing challenge that is turning out to be a challenge indeed. Mostly the walks have been very hard work and in very harsh conditions but I am delighted to report that I am on schedule. Over 40 walks completed and many footsteps still to come. I did also manage to successfully launch my new online shop, The Vintage Bobbin, in January and I am pleased with both the feedback and the sales so far. This site is dedicated to one off pieces allowing any purchase to be truly treasured.
I have been invited to join a wee group on the island and it has served to remind me how useful teams can be. Teams that are creative, dynamic and committed are a real force to be reckoned with. I am hoping that the created group energy will be helpful to me creatively and personally. Much more information on that to follow as regular readers will enjoy this wee project me thinks.
Beyond that, the rest is still circling looking for a place to roost and I am resisting the temptation to manipulate it. Even though my children are all beginning to reach the fledgling stage (or indeed have even fledged) there is suddenly a lot going on in their lives so I am content to have the space at this time to support them. Growing into a fully fledged adult is about as tricky as the garden birds find it taking their first flight. Come the summer I will have number 2 child moving out to a shared house in the village and number 1 child moving back in for a while to do her thesis for her masters. Number 3 child is completing his studies before taking a year out before university and number 4 child finishes home education and moves onto distance learning qualifications. After over 13 years of home education all 4 will be through and I will suddenly have a huge amount of new time to explore. What shall I do with it?
Well that is where we are back to the universe and things floating around unsettled and I am content that they stay there a bit longer. The ideas have been formulated but, at this stage, I have no idea which one (or ones) will develop into a new reality.
It is not unusual for me to be gifted things that other people no longer want as I have made a life time of trying to live in a more sustainable way. However since the new year I have been gifted so much incredibly useful things that I am able to work with before passing onto others where the need is greater. This has included a wedding dress and regular readers will know that I make wee gowns from these to send to a small charity who, in turn, gives them to parents whose baby’s have been born asleep. We don’t show images or say very much about this work as that would not be appropriate and I certainly never ask for wedding dresses. A dress will last me months anyway and create dozens of gowns. Thankfully, not that many are needed in the western world but now we are turning our heads towards other parts of the world to see what we can do. I have also continued my wee pledge to teach as many people to use as a sewing machine as would like to learn. So I have received lots of unwanted fabric to use in the classes. This will be greatly appreciated. Lastly, yesterday we received a jam pot and lots of lidded empty jam jars as I happened to mention that we want to start making jam and that little bit of information spread round and through the community until it arrived at a kind lady who no longer makes jam and wanted rid of her equipment.
It might be island living but I suspect it is just community living. So a huge thank you to everyone and we promise to make the very best of these new resources and be completely mindful of the needs of others around us.
I will keep you posted on ideas, the universe and roosting….