The last year has been a challenging one. There have been many changes which have been good for the family, but in amongst them all I feel as if I have lost my own identity. At times I have been left feeling lonely and lost. I have been through rough times before and I recognise the danger signs. I don’t want to let myself sink as low as I know I can.
SO, its time to take action!!!
No more ignoring the problem, no more putting on a brave face but feeling numb. I don't want my unhappiness to affect my child(ren) and my husband. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE being a Mum and I LOVE spending time with my daughter, its just that I am beginning to discover the importance of ME time. I don't want to be one of those women who sacrifice everything including their own sense of worth for their children.
I have decided that I am going to give myself challenges of both the crafty kind and the personal kind. I intend to complete at least one crafty challenge a month. I am not a particularly crafty person, so be prepared for some failures along the way!!! The personal challenges are a bit more long term. I would love it if you join me in my journey.
Here is a list of the creative challenges that immediately spring to mind (in no particular order):
- Knit a blanket for the new baby (who is due 12 December 2010)
- Make a Christmas stocking for our 2 year old daughter (my Mum made a Christmas stocking for me and I would like to do the same for my daughter)
- As a way of making sure that this new found crafting enthusiasm doesn't fizzle out, I have decided to take part in The Kiwi Christmas Ornament Swap. My mind is full of ideas and I can't wait to get started!
- With help from the little monkey make dough Christmas tree decorations for our tree
- Make a Christmas Stocking for the new bubs (this will probably wait till next year)
- With help from the little monkey, make Christmas Cards to send to the family
- Make a Peg Bag
- Knit a childs jumper
- Make a toddler dress
Here is a list of the Personal Challenges that immediately spring to mind:
- Start and regularly update a blog of my progress
- Join and regularly attend a playgroup.
- Invite the neighbour around for coffee and a get-together (Since we moved into our house 2 months ago, 3 other neighbours have moved in, its time to get to know them and stop making excuses!)
- Try to really connect with a few people around me and feel more comfortable in our new home.
- Find something fulfilling to do while the little monkey is off at preschool. I just have to work out what this means... voluntary work, an open university course, who knows, just something to keep the brain ticking over
Wish me luck!!!