It’s time to say hello to a new year. 2013 went by fast and to be honest, it took off really slow but I managed to complete a lot of goals in the second half. Despite my setbacks, it has actually turned out to be one of the best years of my entire life. And I hope to make 2014 even better!
One of the things I’m happiest about is that I finally got onto the winning side of my health problems. I’m feeling better than I have ever felt before. I still have a lot of pain and pressure inside my head on a daily basis. But I’m cleansing and all the bodily discomforts are diminishing slowly. I’m still depressed, but I’m starting to feel happy inside. 🙂
And if I keep at it, I can make a full recovery – at least that is what I need to tell myself in order to keep going. Little by little and day by day.
At the beginning of the year I participated in a blogging challenge. And even though I never finished the challenge, I did set some goals for the year, many of which I was able to achieve. I did achieve my main goal, which was to earn enough money so I wouldn’t have to get a job. I’ve had to make a several sacrifices and downsized a LOT, but I’m doing it. Getting a job just isn’t feasible right now because I’d be back at square one in a matter of weeks.
During the summer I spent a lot of time crocheting at the beach. I had a very productive summer, which I’m very happy about; but as the temperatures drop so does my energy. But summer is just around the corner again 🙂
In January I published my Cross-Over Long DC Hat pattern set. When I designed the hat I had another stitch pattern in mind, but when it didn’t work out I went with the Cross-Over Long Dc. And to my surprise it turned out to be one of my hottest designs. According to my Google Analytics I got over 50,000 hits to the hat pattern. This pattern was translated into Slovak, which you can see here: Translated Hat Pattern by Andrea Laca
Another goal that I managed to accomplish is in regards to my social media followers. I reached my goals on getting more followers on all platforms except on Google+, which is because I didn’t have time to work on that.
I have several crochet friends to thank for the increased followers as they helped to promote my pages and my patterns. Here are the top three helpers – Thank you so very much for your help and support!
There are many others who have helped me, shared my posts and pages and given me helpful tips that enabled me to somewhat increase my following – but it’s too many for me to list here. So if you shared, liked, commented or even just liked my page I’m thankful for you.
In addition to the good, there’s always the set-backs that you experience as well. I had a few major set-backs in 2013. I won’t go into details, but as the song goes “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. And there is no doubt in my mind that my set-backs have made me stronger. At the same time, my last set-back affected my pattern testers as I am no longer able to reimburse them for the yarn used in my pattern testing. I’m saddened by this, but I hope to work hard so I can afford to reimburse them again … hopefully by the end of 2014.
Above all, the most beautiful thing about 2013 is the fact that I was forced to face my deepest fears. Again, I won’t go into details, but will say this: having the privilege to face your fears is a blessing from God.
As hard as it might be to face your fears, the minute you realize that life is about as bad as it can possibly get, you find yourself with a new strength and motivation to go on.
At that moment all your worries and fears suddenly disappear because there’s nothing left to fear or worry about anymore! You’re already there … and it’s a beautiful place to be! Because at that moment you have no choice but to live in the moment that you are in. And when you live in the moment you realize that things aren’t nearly half as bad as you thought they’d be.
At the same time, you could sit and cry “in the moment”, which I’ve done and learned that it isn’t much fun. But crochet never fails … that is if you have the strength to hold your head up high enough to sit and crochet. Thank God for my new-found strength in being able to crochet for longer periods…otherwise I might not have made it through this year.
Bottom line, 2013 has not only made me stronger, but it has allowed me to see a lot of things and taught me a lot of lessons that will help me to prosper in 2014 and onward. And when I say prosper I don’t just mean financially, but physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually as well.
So here’s to another new year! And may it be the best year ever!