Year of the Sun Resolutions

Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it
– L. M. Montgomery

New Year’s Resolutions are a bit like the holidays – they are full of hope for some people but mostly (at least where I come from) they are met with contempt, a remnant of stupider times, a relic that nobody really wants, handed down by well-meaning but square and archaic ancestors) by which I mean grandparents and meddling aunts and the like).
I, however, like New Year’s Resolutions. I like fresh starts in general, and while I agree with Lucy Maud Montgomery’s quote above that every day can be a new start I always felt extremely comfortable with the concept and symbolism of a new year.

As cliché as “new year, new me” might be I like making resolutions and even if I don’t always stick to them here are mine for 2019:

Skip fewer Historical Dancing classes

I’m one of those people who enjoy sports and movement but has to drag herself to actually do it. Having regular classes helps a bunch, though, and with friends they even double as social time (two birds, one stone). Historical Dancing also has the merit of being not only fun but also useful for LARP purposes (provided I can make my crew dance at some point) and other projects. It also helps to have people who kind of hold me accountable, or who just expect to see me there because I’m a regular, which I’m trying to become.

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Work off those UFO kilos

While I did a decent job losing some of my own weight last year my project piles were not so successful. No matter if by completion or by throwing them out I want to reduce my UnFinished Objects to at most half the workbench storage (as I’m typing this the whole thing is stuffed to the brim with precariously balanced piles on top). I not only want to craft more again, I want to use what I’ve got and I want to FINISH things.

Do more Yoga & swim more

In the same vein as my dancing resolution I want to do more yoga – the mindfulness is good for me and it’s a great way o get the blood flowing in the morning – and to get back into swimming. The next indoor pool is only a couple of minutes from my place so I’ve got no decent excuse not to go swimming at least every other week. Maybe I’ll invest in a waterproof mp3, too, so I can soak up info (hello, vast world of podcasts and audio books!) and splash around at the same time.

Explore

Explore

I’ve been living in Hanover for over two years now and I feel like I’ve seen nothing yet. I want to get to know this place more, learn its secrets, its hidden gems, its past.
And I want to go out into the world as well. Leave my comfort zone. Discover new places, see more cities and castles and cursed towers. I want to travel, not even necessarily outside the country because there are so many spots to find here yet – and on the way find out more about myself, too.

Make the Content I’d like to see

I think this might be a two-part resolution because it includes the question what it is that I want to see in the first place. I see a bit of a journey ahead of me in that regard but I’m looking forward to it.There are so many things I want to make – mostly videos but I want to revive this blog – or rather, revitalise because it’s not dead, I only need a good healer, not a necromancer – with its original thoughts and a good dose of faerie glamour.

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Be fae and feral

I think these will be my defining words for 2019. I like them. I’m fae. And I was feral once, wild and untamed. It’s not that I don’t value civilisation – I’m writing this on my tablet and you’re reading it over the internet and I spend uncanny amounts of time on YouTube and Netflix, and thrifting is hard without civilisation, you know – it’s more that I feel like I’m missing something about myself. And this thing I hereby, in passing, vow to find again.
I think this one actually ties in well with all my other resolutions, especially the exploring and crafting ones. And I can’t wait to see where it’ll take me.

Of course and as always there are the tiny ones – watch what I eat, read more, spend more time outside, the works – but these are the big ones. Do you have any resolutions, big or small, for this year? I’d love a comment about them (I’m always curious).

This post is part of #28DaysOfBlogging, a challenge to post every day in February.
Today’s posts on other (predominantly German) participating blogs:

Increase Creativity | Mondkunst | Haus und Beet | Digitallotsen | Mami Rocks | Applethree | Vorunruhestand | Gut Essen in München

Happy 2018 ♥

Happy 2018 ♥ | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comWe’ve done it. 2017 is behind us, and with it all those exhausting things that happened. I’ll keep the bright memories with the others and I’m looking forward to the year that lies stretched out before me with hope and curiosity.

Happy 2018 ♥ | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comI hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and didn’t get burned or ‘sploded. Ours was too windy to light the sparklers on the balcony from which we watched the fireworks but it was still magnificent.

Happy 2018 ♥ | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comMy main resolution for 2018 and all the years to come after is more self-care. When I looked at the fireworks lighting up Hanover and was happy to spot so many of my favourites – white chrysanthemum ones that shoot up as normal rockets first and only bloom after those have glittered up the sky – it dawned on me that I actually deserve good things. All the good things. I’m not that good at self-care yet but the first thing I did was take the first week of the year off – to concentrate on the things I really want. And I’m learning.

Happy 2018 ♥ | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comThis is the year of the Moon, and I’ll make it my own.

What are your resolutions?

Happy 2017! + Resolutions

Happy 2017! Happy Year of the Star!

Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.
– L.M. Montgomery

This especially counts when tomorrow is like today the first day of the new year. Happy 2017!

I hope you had the New Year’s Eve you wished for and a good start into this beautiful new-born year.

Happy 2017! Happy Year of the Star!

If you’ve read this blog for a while now you’ll know that I love the feeling of crisp, fresh starts. So of course I made resolutions for the year to come!

  1. Lose weight. That’s a pretty standard one, but I’ve got my reasons (which I explained in this vlog). This goes hand in hand with exercise more (aka. do more yoga) and hydrate better, too, so I’m counting these as one. Get fit(ter), something like that.
  2. Be more sustainable in my everyday choices. I feel like I’ve been a bit lax (or maybe just scatterbrained) with this last year so in 2017 I want to become more mindful again of my choices when it comes to buying and using things.
  3. Paint and draw more again, not just for commissions but especially for myself! Last year started off with a pretty big project and ended with a pretty big project freelancing-wise and in the end I felt like the only drawing I had really done all for myself was Inktober. I’m definitely planning on repeating Inktober, it was so much fun and such a great experience and way to grow. But I just want to draw again, just for myself.
  4. Get another tattoo. Self-explaining, isn’t it.
  5. Finally set up an Etsy shop! This is a big one, not only because of the risk of gallons of self-doubt fuel but also because there’s a whole trail of paperwork and *tremble* self-promotion (one thing I’m really, really bad at, probably worse than maths) included.
  6. Learn more about making and editing videos and recording music. And of course make more music and videos!
  7. Learn to love myself more. I’m not expecting myself to have turned into a self-love expert at the end of the year, it’s a work in progress and I’m willing to take it slow. What ever waits for me at the end of the year, 2017 will be my Year of Self-Love. And self-respect and self-acceptance. I might have to elaborate on this further in another post but the resolutions stands.

Happy 2017! Happy Year of the Star!Of course there’s more (there’s always more): Cook more, do more witchy and spiritual things, go out more, explore Lower Saxony, visit a renaissance fair/ medieval market, dress the way I want to, make friends, declutter, go on more LARPs, really start the Wunderkammer Chronicles, read more, breathe more, have fun, be happy. But I thought seven is a good number (a magical one, no less!) for 2017. 2017 is also the Year of the Star, according to the lovely Méa and the Major Arcana (No. XVII being The Star). I think that’s beautiful. Let’s all adopt that. Year of the Star sounds like something straight out of a fantastic fantasy novel I’d love to read.
Happy 2017! Happy Year of the Star!

Here’s to a wonderful and bright Year of the Star!

To 2017!

Happy 2017! Happy Year of the Star!

What are your resolutions for this beautiful new year?

Happy New Year!

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It’s 2016! Sometimes when I look at the annum of a date I write down on my uni papers I smile because we’re living in the future. Most of the knowledge of humankind accessible through a slim black device. The first steps for hoverboards. Solar energy. And then I wonder what the next years will bring, after what has been accomplished – good and bad – during the last 100 years alone, and progress gets faster and faster.

Anyhow, for now I concern myself with 2016.

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On the last day of 2015 we had raclette and glued the bad things of the last year onto explosives and our wishes onto rockets and went out to light them up. We counted down to Midnight and listened to the bells of the churches, the one next to us and all the others, greeting the new year, and we sent those wishes up into the night sky lit with firework. And blew up the curses, too.

Now we have a brand new year to look forward to. I know that it will bring many changes, at least for me personally as Scoundrel and I will move to a new town or city around summer, and we yet have to find out where the fates will lead us. I’ll start writing my bachelor thesis, too, and I’m looking forward – somewhat nervously, I must admit – to the research and the creative part alike. For now I’m concerned with another project, though, even though I can’t say much yet, it’s not my own, actually. Let’s just say I’m busy, I’ll let you know eventually.

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But of course I won’t let this blog fall into a hiatus. I realised last year how much blogging relaxes m, that’s why I still keep it up no matter how stressed and busy I am. I hope you’ll stay with me, I cherish each and every one of you and I love reading your comments and hearing your thoughts. Speaking of which:

My new year’s resolutions do not only include more yoga but also a better blog, however that might look in the end. Do you have any ideas what you’d like to see more? Please do tell me in the comments section!

Also and anyway, happy new year. May it be the best yet.

Hello 2015, nice to meet you!

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Yesterday Scoundrel and I spent a few hours in the afternoon burning the remnants of the year gone by. I used to do this with my mother when I was a child, I did it as a teenager when I still lived at home, and now I do it as an adult, down by the river banks. 2014 was the first year for Scoundrel to join me.

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I collected dried orange peels, notes with things that made me sad or angry during the year, burnt-down matches and my Yuletide greens in an old basket which was given to the fire, too.

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Scoundrel had the brilliant idea to weave the next basket myself, so that might be a project to take on early this year.

And of course I made resolutions.

I love making resolutions. Together with fireworks and church bells they are my favourite thing about new year’s eve. My resolutions for 2015 include:

  • More DIY and creativity. Here on the blog, too. I got a tripod for my camera for Midwinter (thanks to Scoundrel, he’s perfect at choosing gifts for me, and I’m always helpless as to what to get him) so I won’t even have to wait for Jules to get off his fabulous hindquarters to take pictures.
  • Less stuff. I started clearing my book shelves (*gasp* indeed) last year and will proceed with my crafting supplies and my closet, of course. I want to fill my life only with things that I love or that I find useful (freely citing William Morris, thanks to the Northerner), which is also part of the next item on the list.
  • Taking better care of myself. Better food, more fresh air, more swimming and skating, listening to my body (as in “going to sleep when I’m tired” and “eating when I’m hungry, not hours later because I was too busy”), treating my soul well.
  • More adventures. Alone as well as with others. There are countless little castle ruins scattered in reach of my student’s public transport ticket, and I haven’t seen any of them yet! There are dark woods to explore and colourful cities to visit, lakes to swim in and campfires to be lit. Somehow I’ve got a great feeling in this regard for the new year.
  • Less plastic, more sustainability. This ties in well with items three and four. My shopping habits have already changed during the last months. There are, nevertheless, a few points I can work on still, and I’m looking forward to that.
  • Getting better at my fentes for Canne de Combat. My tendency to shift my weight too far forward makes me slower than I need to be.

I hope you made the crossing into 2015 well. Did you make any new year’s resolutions, too?

Good-Bye 2013, hey there 2014

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So here’s to a new year!

I hope you all had a nice New Year’s eve – we watched the fireworks and listened to the church bells standing on a small wall underneath the castle, high above the town. The picture above’s Scoundrel, by the way, running a sinawali with sparklers. I tried to make a sparkler-written “2014”, but it didn’t work out so well.

New year means new resolutions. Here is my resolutions post from last year. I think I wore more dresses and tartan, but sadly I didn’t make skeleton leggings or a sailor collar, and the tabi shoes I ordered wouldn’t fit. Well, bygones.

On to greener pastures! My new year’s resolutions for 2014 look somewhat like this:

  • Give this blog a make-over. The only thing that hinders me from doing that today is the disturbing lack of a portrait for the “About” page and a new header.
  • Finish one big project a month. I don’t have to start it in the same month, but I want to finish one, nevertheless. There are enough UFOs lying around waiting to be finished, anyway.
  • Go outside more. Like in “one hour per day”. I don’t get enough daylight and fresh air, especially in winter.
  • Read more. I’ve become incredibly lazy when it comes to reading during the last years. Maybe one book per month would be a good goal. When I think about how I used to finish several books a week when I was 13, 14, this is a real blow to my once-bibliophile self-esteem.
  • Do sports outside my regular training at least twice a month. I’ve got a muscle training room ticket, a track nearby and it’s ice-skating season.
  • Keep my place tidy. My clutter tends to diffuse through the free space somehow.

Do you have any new year’s resolutions? I know that a lot of people don’t make any as they acknowledge they won’t keep them anyways, but I like this tradition. I love how everything is new and neat at the beginning of a new year. I’m even starting a new note-book.

Off to new adventures now. Have a good start!