Welcome, 2015! Naval gazing and My Word of the Year

I feel like I can start 2015 now that I bought a new day planner. I use google calendar to be able to check everything on the go but I also like seeing everything written out at a glance. Ah, yes. Paper. Can’t live without it.

As a lot of you know, 2014 was a crazy year for me. My (now) ex-husband walked out, we got divorced, I started working after a 7 years of being a stay at home/homeschooling mom and now share custody of two beautiful people I get to call my kids. You’ve seen me through getting 3 tattoos- something I had always wanted to do; I started working as a server at a local restaurant- something my ex insisted I would be crap at and, as it turns out, I’m actually pretty good at. (Yes, I’m leaving that sentence hanging- grammar be damned!) Edited to add: I also started working at Erin Young Designs as Erin’s assistant. We do alterations on mostly bridal gowns and of course take on a number of custom clients.

Thanks for hanging in there with me as I make this transition in my life. I’ve kept sewing- though I hope to sew a lot more in 2015.

Excuse me as I borrow from my own IG feed to show you images of what’s going on in my life.

I’m working up a cocoon coat by Ralph Pink Patterns, though it’s not the one I posted I was going to make. I’m loving it so much right now. Working on the pockets this weekend and hopefully putting the whole thing together so I can wear it next week.

I got a new sewing machine! The Juki JZL-F600. I’ve been waiting for the day when I could buy it since it came out several years ago. I’ll be doing a review of it in a couple of months when I’ve had time to really put it to the test. For now, it’s love. True love.

The table the new Juki is on was a classroom table The French Seam (a fashion fabric shop in town) was selling and the timing was all too perfect.

I was gifted a dressform as well! I’m a lucky kitten. I’ve named her Ms. Bacall- as in Lauren Bacall. Wouldn’t you agree she looks so classy in this faux fur shrug I designed last winter?

All of these pieces were part of my master plan to transform my bedroom- the largest room in my apartment- into a full blown sewing studio. I have a lot of work to do still but I’m already sewing in my new space. This is the room that gets the most light and it works so well for what I’m wanting.

My hopes for this new year are to have my sewing studio up and running, increase my freelance work, and overall, organize and optimize my time better.

My word a couple of years ago was precision. For 2015, my word will be: FREEDOM.

This will be a financial, creative and emotional freedom I intend on reminding myself I want, need and deserve. I don’t know what it will look like and right now I feel like I’m at the beginning of putting a puzzle together. I can’t find all the pieces and some feel like they’ve gone missing but in the end I know they’ll all be there.

Happy New Year, everyone! What’s your word of the year?

16 thoughts on “Welcome, 2015! Naval gazing and My Word of the Year

  1. Brooke says:

    Happy New Year, Leila! It has been nice seeing you appear a little more on Twitter and IG lately – a lot of us have missed you! =)

    Not being good as a server at a restaurant? – whatever! That sounds like the perfect social job for someone like you! Sounds like someone was projecting his own insecurities on you.

    Yay dress form and new machine! This will be a great year!

    Also, you mentioned apartment so I take you you moved at some point and I missed that memo. So hopefully, you forwarded your mail because I sent you a Christmas card that should get to you eventually.

  2. Trice says:

    This year has been quite the year, hasn’t it. Let’s hope that 2015 is full of awesome things. Also more phone chats 😉
    Love ya dear. Happy New years.

  3. Helena says:

    Happy new year Leila! You’ve had a lot of change in 2014, but you seem stronger and happier now and I’m hoping 2015 will bring you further in that direction.
    I think my word of the year will be confidence. I’m being layed off and thus changes in my life are inevitable and I will embrace that change bringing the best of me. Also in my sewing I myself I want to add more confidence, so that’s what I will be focusing on.

  4. Chuleenan - C Sews says:

    Happy new year! You have such a sparkly personality I’m sure all your customers love you. You’re just as effervescent in person as you are online. Congrats on the new sewing machine – very exciting. I’m sure you’ll make some fabulous things on it!

    I need to think of a word of the year. Thanks for the reminder!

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