2013, the year of "Choosing Joy", but also the year of learning. This is the year that I start to take time out for me and put these grey cells in my brain in to some use. Where I try to see if an old dog can learn new tricks!
I am doing this in a couple of ways, firstly I am trying to improve my photography by taking a Capturing Childhood course. I have started on the Collect the Moments e-course. It is challenging me to think differently and I am learning lots of new things about my six year old camera. I have even ordered a remote control so I can "be in the picture" more often. The Kats' are helpful, insightful and full of useful information and I am really enjoying the community feel of the course, plus the ability to take things at my own pace. Plus I got a positive comment on the photo's I take on the blog last week for the first time ever and I was beaming.
I am also looking forward to a day course on learning to use my camera better that I am going on with Cass from The Dairy of a Frugal Family.
Secondly I am taking regular lessons in handicrafts. I have book on to a two hourly weekly lesson on a Tuesday morning and over the last four weeks I have nearly completed a quilt for Mini. I have cut the fabric (cutting I have discovered is my kryptonite), sewed the quilt top, basted it, quilted it and made the binding for it and today I am learning how to put that binding on it. It is wonderful to see something I have made come together and to have the support of a tutor that is there to support me when I need it.
I have also taken a couple of day courses, one on making a stacked coin quilt and one on making a zipped bag. Neither projects are finished yet, but they are well on the way to getting completed. There is such joy in learning a new skill and being able to do so with like minded people is even better. Yes I am the youngest in all the lessons by a generation (two in some cases), bit boy do these ladies have tales to tell and it is great to see them making the most of their free time.
I have also set two on making 2013 the year that I keep up with the cleaning and clutter within the house, as a tidyish house means that for some reason my brain is much less cluttered or that it at least has more room to concentrate on the things that matter and not stress or fret over the state of the house. This month on A Thrifty Mum I am getting in to the habit of a cleaning routine and continuing on my declutter, which I started in January.