Happy New Year 2024
Happy new year to one and all! Seeing that we are on January 10th now this sentiment seems a little redundant but I haven’t had much chance to blog recently what with Christmas and New Year and all my other projects on the go. Given that my little boy has started back at nursery now, I thought I would dedicate today to sitting down and writing a blog post. Unfortunately though, I felt pretty uninspired this morning about what to write. I had many ideas swirling round but nothing that really grabbed me until I began to think about the new year and what this normally means to most people: New Years Resolutions!
What I Normally Do On New Years Eve
Every year for as long as I can remember, on New Year’s Eve I have sat down with a pen and paper and made countless new year’s resolutions ranging from losing weight to saving loads of money and so on and so forth. Then by February, the paper is lost and so are the resolutions. So, this year I thought to myself that actually I don’t need to make resolutions and baseless promises to myself as I am really happy with where I am at the moment. Subsequently, I wanted to spend a little bit of time telling you why I am happy with my 2024 so far.
Why I Am Happy With Where I Am Part 1: Learning How to Sew
For Christmas, I asked my husband to buy me a sewing machine in the hope that I could start to make my own clothes and excitedly he did! On Christmas day, my little boy woke at 4:30 a.m. so as he was happily playing with all his toys at 5:30 a.m. I decided to jump on my machine and have a go. Since then, I have made 3 skirts, a top, 2 headbands and I am 3/4 of the way through a dress.
It is such a great skill to learn and it is really exciting me that I get to make my own clothes. However, It is a very hard skill and takes lots of time and patience but I feel as if I am slowly getting there. From time to time, I have been attending an open workshop in my home town at a lovely, little shop called The Fabric Corner Lincoln who have been helping me learn how to make dresses. Also, Youtube has been a godsend for those little easy projects I want to do and I even did a zoom class with Hobbycraft on pattern reading so I could start to understand these a little bit more. I’m booked onto 2 further workshops for dress making and I cannot wait to create more!
Why I Am Happy With Where I Am Part 2: Training To Be A Breastfeeding Peer Support Worker
I am part of many breastfeeding groups on Facebook and eventually it really started to upset me the amount of people who so desperately needed help with breastfeeding but weren’t getting the help and support they needed from health professionals. Henceforth, one night, I became inspired to see whether I could train to become a breastfeeding peer support worker. I came across The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers who train you in this for a small fee and it is all done in your own time and via online training. Obviously, this was perfect for me given my fibromyalgia and my childcare commitments and so I am working my way through this course to become qualified in this skill. It is a lovely feeling knowing that I will soon have more knowledge of breastfeeding and that I can help other women who so want to breastfeed despite the challenges they may be facing. One of my best friends is a peer support worker and has been for many years and she also really inspired me!
Mummy the Fibro Warrior Top Tip:
- Try not to put too much pressure on yourself to radically change who you are in 2024. You don’t need a list of new year’s resolutions to feel worthy. What is helping me so far this year with my fibromyalgia and my mental wellbeing is focusing on hobbies and learning projects to improve my skills and knowledge.
If there is one takeaway I’d like you all to remember today is that new year’s resolutions are a thing of the past! What is most important in 2024 is that you focus on you and your wellbeing. Whether that is through hobbies, learning, self-care or new adventures – the possibilities are endless. I need you to know you are doing the best you can, your child/children love you just as you are and you are Mummy the Fibro Warrior.
Until next time,
p.s. Have you made any New Year Resolutions? What are you working on at the moment? Have you discovered any hobbies or interests? Do let me know in the comments below!
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