Happy New Year!

It’s a new year and I love that! There is something about January 1st that fills me with optimism. I have my 2014 day planner and it is a blank slate. I look through it and I see possibility, I see options. On those empty pages I see days that are just waiting to be planned and lived.

I enjoy looking back at my day planner for last year and seeing all the things I had on the schedule. I remember sitting with my 2013 calendar when it was a blank slate and all the plans I was making. As I review my year, some of those plans came to fruition and some went out the window! What excites me the most are all the things that will happen this year that I don’t have on the schedule. Life is full of surprises and we often end up in a place we never could have imagined.

Every year on New Year’s Day my husband and I go to a special dinner. We have our “year in review”. This is our time to go over the past year and talk about what we hope for the new year. It’s been a while since we made resolutions, instead we make goals. We talk about the best and worst of the last 12 months. We also talk about what we want the next 12 months to mean for us. This is one of my favorite traditions. It is a great way to mark the time and reflect upon the living we have done. It’s also a great way to look ahead and see where we want to go. We cover everything from personal to professional goals, fitness to financial goals. This dinner (which has been happening for 13 years now) is where our dreams have been built and our accomplishments celebrated. This dinner is where we talked about getting more involved in animal rescue and where we celebrated completing our first Ironman Triathlons.

I hope that you can look back over last year and feel proud of what you have accomplished. Even more, I hope you can look to the future, seeing all the possibilities of who you can be and what you can do. The options are endless. Go live them!

Happy New Year from all of us at Connecting Threads. We can’t wait to see what you do with 2014.


  1. Teri - January 2, 2014

    What a great idea! I see a new tradition in my families future!

  2. Larie - January 3, 2014

    well I bought one and now it is lost in my sewing room. lol I hope I fine it soon because I am lost with out a calendar in my purse. It has every thing in it. All my quilt groups B days my doctors app, hair, nails, lunches, All the fun stuff you can do when you are retired. But what if I wrote in all I sewing that would be a fun thing. And maybe make me get to it more often. Things seem to always come first since my husband retired too.