The 2018 year in review is going to be different than 2017’s. Last year I had a review of only my wins. For 2018 I want to review the misses AND the wins. But instead of calling them “fails,” I’m going to think of them as “course corrections.”
I was inspired to use this specific language by Dan Norris’ Create or Hate. Because words are important, and if we’re going to learn from our mistakes, then we have to examine them.
Then we can celebrate the wins!
2018 Miss #1: making too many sewing plans
Let’s start with sewing though, shall we?
WHAT WAS I THINKING?
I had to abandon the SWAP project. Too many mistakes in a row on that one, plus finding the coordinating fabric proved too difficult.
Ryan got 4/9 on his grid while I only managed ONE of my original patterns. I half-heartedly swapped out the Simplicity cardigan for the Circle Cardigan. And I guess I could count my Dana Point top as my shirt with special feminine details—or the Roscoe! Both certainly fall in that category. That brings my count up to a grand total of 3/9.
Here’s the ONE original pattern, New Look 6399 lounge pants:
I made up my own challenge to make clothes inspired by the monthly birthstones. Out of 12 months, I was able to manage a grand total of 6 as well. Less than I wanted, more than I realized.
Course correction: make fewer, and less conflicting, plans. I put a lot on my plate this year. Trying to stick to a color theme while churning out at least 8 makes a month is insane. What I should have done was picked patterns I could make out of one fabric. Or at the very least coordinating fabrics. That would have helped. Mimi G managed this with her color collections.
For next year: I don’t currently have any concrete plans! But if I do make any, they will be much more flexible.
2018 Miss #2: being able to do a pull-up
My gym goal in 2017 was to try to do one pull-up before I turned 40 in May 2018. Just one. Shouldn’t be that hard!
Unfortunately, I was derailed by a car accident in April. So I gave myself until the end of the year. I started training for that again in October. And that’s when my shoulders gave out. So here we are in December, no closer to the goal. I’ve been strongly advised against doing ANY kind of overhead movement for a little while.
This is a huge bummer for me. It makes me feel stuck.
I really wanted to be able to do a pull-up. I never in my life have been able to. I wanted it so bad I could almost taste it.
But my body needs a reset. I have to start at square one with my weak shoulders and upper back. The program I chose was a little too advanced. I bit off more than I could chew trying to run before I could even crawl. I need to go back to fundamentals. It’s humbling, but it’s necessary.
Course correction: restart at zero. I may not be able to do a pull-up until the end of 2019. I have to be okay with this.
For next year: concentrate on chest-opening and core exercises. Keep strengthening my grip with deadlifts. Make progress every week. Check again in 6 months.
Now let’s talk wins! They were pretty sweet. There were two major ones.
2018 Win #1: the deadlift
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My first win was hitting my deadlifting goal of 250 pounds (113 kg). So even if I can’t pull my body up over a bar, I can still pull significantly more than I weigh off the ground.
This was huge for me because 4 years ago I was able to pull 245 pounds (111 kg), but I really hurt my back doing it. There’s no point in hitting a goal if you can’t actually function.
The Deadlift develops the muscles you need to actually carry something, like a bucket of water, those heavy grocery bags or your neighbor’s dining room table.
Since we’re moving next week, the ability to lift heavy things is going to come in real handy!
Oh, and since I hit 250 in October I’ve since surpassed that. Just last week I hit 255 pounds (115 kg)! I didn’t even mean to, meaning I didn’t walk into the gym that day looking to hit a personal record. But my husband put the weight on his barbell and I thought I could do it, too.
And I did.
2018 Win #2: a new home
We finally found a new home where I can have my own studio. I’ve spent the last 2 years creating stuff in a cramped corner of my kitchen. Fabric and scraps were strewn across my living room. We couldn’t eat at the table anymore, so we’ve taken to eating at the only available space: the couch. In front of the TV (something I hate to do).
But starting next month, I’ll have my own room, with plenty of storage for my fabric and machines. The living room will be for entertaining! Dinners will be served at the table!
I’m so excited!!!
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Our new home is also in a much nicer area of the city, with a high walkability score. It will be sad leaving our current home since it’s the first one we lived in together as a couple. But sentimentality aside, we’re looking forward to being able to rely on our car less (yes, this is possible in LA!). Before we moved in together, we used to do a lot of walking around our respective neighborhoods. We’ll be able to do that again!
I’m still trying to figure out how to decorate my new space, so watch out for updates!
And that was my 2018 year in review of wins vs “fails.” I hope your 2018 had more wins than not. If not, hopefully you at least learned some good course correcting techniques!
What are your plans for 2019?