Top 5 Reflections, Non-Sewing Highlights, and Goals for 2020!

Oh hai! I just fell off the map there, didn’t I? I’ve been hit with my old friend, chronic pain, again for the last few weeks, which means my hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders always hurt… and I just stopped blogging. Not sure if it’s the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome from last year (pinched nerves in my upper torso) or the arthritis they found in my recent MRI… whatever it is, grrr. I’m saving my “spoons” for work and sewing, and therefore blogging less.

So, to avoid doing more typing… here are the drafts of my Top 5 posts I had in progress when I started hurting again!


I think this was covered in my post, Sewing a Special Wardrobe in 2020!


My life beyond sewing! It was a rough one, to be honest – work cutbacks, a twelve-month journey to recover from my concussion, accepting that depression and anxiety are factors in my current life, and feeling like a failure much of the time. And yet, thinking of it that way isn’t very useful, so here are the silver linings!

A once-in-a-lifetime trip to Spain with my extended family! My cousin got married to his girlfriend from Spain, and the whole family took it as an excuse to travel! It was amazing to see aunts, uncles, cousins, and their kids all in the historic town of Cuenca! My parents were so generous to bring my sister and I along for the family reunion, and the wedding itself was joyful and fun. I will treasure those memories for decades!

Online friends in person: I attended the Hamilton Frocktails and the Toronto Fancy Sewcial! And I’m happy to say that KW Frocktails was just announced today for anyone within driving distance of the Kitchener-Waterloo region of Ontario! I also saw lots of sewing friends in real life, and it was always a pleasure.

(There are more highlights, but that’s as far as I got in my drafts. First and foremost, my family and husband are always amazing!)


Personal: Don’t laugh, but I realised for the first time this year that exercise actually does improve my mood, like doctors always tell me it will! This fall I’ve been dancing along to the Fitness Marshall on Youtube several times a week and it really does keep my anxiety at bay. My goal is to continue that habit in 2020!

Sewcialists: Keep thinking about topics and voices that aren’t shared enough in the sewing community, and be a platform where we can all walk a mile in each others’ shoes. I don’t want to look back in ten years and wonder why I was so timid when the world had awful things happening.

Happy 2020, everyone!

3 thoughts on “Top 5 Reflections, Non-Sewing Highlights, and Goals for 2020!

  1. I am so sorry that you are experiencing pain at the moment – but I am so impressed by your attitude! The last year has been complicated, I know, and yet you find the good in everything. May 2020 bring closure to the challenges and lots of craft (and exercise) comfort. xo


    1. I just went back to gratitude journaling – one of the many useful strategies I learned last year! Here’s to a good 2020 for us both! ❤


  2. And we’ll continue appreciating you, being your authentic self. I’m so happy that 2019 held a few silver linings for you, and I love that you mentioned that you will cherish the memories from the wedding for decades to come. Your cousin is very cool and brave to schedule a wedding so far away from his family, in a phenomenal destination. All of you are awesome for making the time and energy to go join him to celebrate. What a lovely event. Definitely worth cherishing. 😀 See you at K-W Frocktails!


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