There’s more to life than sewing, so here are my highlights from the year!
- Restarting the Sewcialists. This spring I wrapped up my time at the Curvy Sewing Collective, and turned my attention back to the Sewcialists project. I first started the blog in 2013, and it seemed like the right time to bring it back! I’ve been really thrilled at how many people wanted to take part in supporting it behind the scenes, and how excited the community was to join in our theme months.
- Who We Are series. Part of my goal in bringing the Sewcialists back was to open up discussions about the big issues in sewing: inclusion, representation, and intersectionality. Our Who We Are series has already taught me a lot about the experiences of other sewists, and I”m really proud of how open and positive the discussions have been. I’ve got more plans for the series next year as we dig into orientation, size, ethnicity, nationality and more!
- Trying to improve myself professionally. I love my job, but I find myself always wondering what comes next? How long can I be a resource teacher (aka. working with kids and teachers, but not with a classroom of my own?) before I lose my edge? I don’t want to be out of touch when I offer teachers advice, or get old-fashioned in my practices. To keep my hand in, I taught English as a Second Language kindergarten summer camp this July, and it was the most exhausting thing I’ve done in years! I also took an online course in Indigenous Canada, covering the history, politics and current issues facing First Nations, Metis and Inuit Canadians… and then I rounded out the year with my third and final Additional Qualification course in ESL. I’m tired, but glad that I’m still learning!
- I got my first tattoo! I’ve been dreaming of getting a tattoo for literally decades, but never could decide on a design. I ended up with something that represents my love of sewing, my history in Japan, and matches a tattoo on my husband’s forearm!
- Living a good life with my husband. Sappy, I know, but he is the best part of my life! He always has my back through thick and thin, and he is kind, funny and supportive. This has been our first full year renting a house together, which is a big step up from the apartments we’ve shared in the past. I try never to take our life for granted!