Sunday, January 1, 2012

Directions For Success

So. It's 2012. I have no idea what to expect in the upcoming year, but I do know what I hope for. I find as I have gotten older my New Year Resolutions have gradually been replaced by New Year Directions. Directions allow you room to maneuver, change course if you don't like the scenery, or abandon the journey altogether if you discover the original destination is not where you want to end up after all.

On the other hand, resolutions at any time of the year seem to end in failure for me, no matter how well-intentioned they may be. Examples would be my kettle bell workout program, switching from black to green tea, or my plans to "minimalize." (I do have to say the minimalizing resolution was somewhat successful in that I stuck with it for almost six months, the result of which is a house a little less stuffed with junk. Still, I made grandiose claims that I was going to keep at it for a year, so it still counts as a fail.)

Here is where I am headed at the beginning of 2012 - the hopes I have and the paths I want to explore.

  1. I would like to get even more words written in 2012 than I did in 2011. It would be a bonus if I could find a way for those words to generate an income.
  2. I would like to improve my photography skills.
  3. I want to keep moving forward with my Chinese language program.
  4. I hope to knit at least 6 of the sock patterns in Around the World in Knitted Socks.
  5. I want to learn at least one new knitting technique (Brioche? Double Knitting?).
  6. I really, really really want to travel overseas again this year.

Here's a look back at 2011. There was some knitting. (This might be an understatement, and I should confess that this is just a sample of my completed projects for 2011).

There was the perfect mix of travel and adventure.

There were friends, both old and new.

And most important of all, there was family.

It was a year of celebration, adventure, and joy, and for those things I am extremely thankful. It was also a year of deep, deep sorrow. I think it's time to move on...


  1. Happy New Year, Kristie, to you and yours!
    Minimalising is always a good thing to do, no need to be cross at yourself coz it 'only' lasted 6 months instead of 12, it is a process, not a destination and can be taken up again for any part or fraction of the coming year.
    Good luck with the writing project and the language, well done on all the knitting, I seem to do more socialising on ravelry than knitting in real life, but this year I am on a 'stash-down', ie knit what I have and buy no more, in order to reduce/minimalise stash.
    Travel, mmm, that would be lovely, (hopefully we will manage a trip to Sweden again)
    Your photography is looking good already.
    I hope 2012 is a good year for you!

  2. Happy New Year Kristie :D I like the idea of Directions rather than Resolutions, I might try that, I certainly have lots of changes I'd like to make in 2012.

    May 2012 bring peace, health and prosperity to you and all who you hold dear x

  3. @barazile - You are right about the minimalising. I do have plans to do it again this year, but perhaps not as a daily thing. And I know what you mean about the socializing on Ravelry. It is easy to spend more time there admiring projects than actually knitting them oneself! Happy New Year to you Liz - I hope it is a good one for you as well, and that you manage a trip back to Sweden in 2012!

    @Annie - Thanks Annie, and all the best to you in 2012! I think we all have lots of new directions we would like to go in the coming year. :-)

  4. Happy 2012. May your directions take you down wonderful byways!

  5. All the best in 2012, Kristie. I hope we can continue to encourage each other with our writing and knitting!

  6. @Mary Lou - Thanks! I hope this year turns out to be "The Year of the Book" for you!

    @kate - Thanks Kate! I very much appreciate your support and encouragement. Who knows, maybe 2012 will be the year we meet in person!

  7. Kristie, all the best to you and your family in 2012. May the year be all you hope it will be, and more! Please, don't be discouraged when it comes to your blog. You write very well and it's always an interesting read; I look forward to seeing your blog posts come up in my RSS feed.

    Like you, I have every intention of "minimalizing". I already have a plan in place to de-clutter my spare room, now I just have to implement it.

    The book (Daughters of Fire by Barbara Erskine) wasn't bad; it made me think about a few things, spiritual things, and that is never a bad thing. I always find Pre History topics (like the Iron Age) very interesting reading. Incidentally, it took me three days to finish the book. If you're looking for an easy read, this one's definitely readable.

  8. Those are some great 'directions'! Looking forward to reading all about them on your blog in 2012! Happy New Year, Kristie!

  9. Happy New Year, Kristie.

    I agree with you on directions, and we can change the scenery when we need to. Flexibility is a good trait.

  10. @Eve - Thanks for telling me more about the book. It sounds interesting, but when I checked it out on Amazon I was disappointed to see it isn't out in Kindle format yet.

    @Aneta - I like your new direction, with your new health blog. I look forward to reading it in 2012!

    @keiko - Happy New Year to you! It must feel great going into the new year with your memoir completed!

  11. Happy New Year! I like the idea of approaching a new direction. Your 2011 in photos looks like it was a wonderful year!

  12. Happy New Year! I love your mix of "directions", and what a lovely chronicle of 2011 :)

  13. @Michelle - It will be interesting to see where I end up at the end of 2012. Happy New Year!

    @Sam - The picture chronicle was fun to do, and it will be fun to look back on in years to come. Maybe I will try to make it an annual blog event.

  14. Happy New Year, Kristie! I'm aiming to spend less time working and more time outdoors in 2012 versus 2011. Since I'll be working until I'm 70, I need to pace myself. =)

    Failure is temporary--try minimalizing for 6 months this year and then you will have done it for 12 months. We need to do it as well. The junk makes it more difficult to keep the house clean and dust keeps my allergies on full alert.

  15. @Ric - More time outdoors sounds like a good plan to me. I think my minimalizing is now geared more towards not bringing stuff into the house in the first place (knitting related items excluded of course). I think you need to come up with a new plan. Working until you are 70 is only a good thing if you really, really love your job. :-)

  16. Good luck with all your 2012 goals! I'm sure you will have great success working towards them :)

  17. @Keri - Thanks Keri! I have no idea how I will do, but hope to enjoy the journey!

  18. 2011 was a great year for you! Best Wishes for 2012 - resolutions are doomed - but making decisions to go in new directions - sounds like a great idea to me!

    That's why my yarn diet isn't a strict "no yarn for you" but a directive to shop the stash first, take time with the decision to purchase, swatch first then decide - all ways to slow down and enjoy the process.

  19. I like that you call your new year goals 'Directions' and that you are up front at the beginning that you reserve the right to change/modify/abandon at any time. I think that's the only way we don't set ourselves up for failure from the start (by the way, I think doing something for 6 months should always be considered a success!). Despite some sorrow, it looks like 2011 was a year to remember...kudos to you for embracing the good bits.

  20. @Anne - All the best for you in 2012 too! By the way, I found your blog when I was knitting Sheep Heid. I loved the pictures of you with your dog!

    @Rachel - Yes, I guess 6 months was a fair amount of time to stick with it. The strange thing is I was enjoying downsizing and I am not sure why I stopped. And 2011 was definitely a year to remember...