Top 5 Highlights of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close I’m going to go over the #SewingTop5 highlights. To be honest this has been a tough post for me to write. When I first sat down to write this post I drew a blank. I couldn’t think of any highlights. I’ve been ‘between jobs’ this whole year and I think that my confidence has taken a big hit because of it. I’ve second guessed myself, my ability and my skills.

After awhile a few things came to mind; so, I drafted a post about my top 5 list and did a rethink.

My analytical brain kicked in and I noted that so far with my #SewingTop5 posts I’ve had criteria for what made it onto my list. I thought, “Why should this be any different?”
So, I decided that for something to make it onto my list it had to have made me feel good about myself and make me feel accomplished/pushed me out of my comfort zone.

The first thing that has made me feel good as been my family and friends. I am very grateful for my Mr. He is a very patient man and I don’t know where I would be without him. I’m incredibly grateful for my family and friends. I love the laughs we share and the chats we have. My family is great, they drive me crazy sometimes, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. My friends keep me sane and I love that I have a special and unique relationship with each of them.
Tick for “feel good”.

One of the biggest highlights for me by would be doing the patternmaking course. I really enjoyed it and it made me feel good about myself and boosted my confidence. I’m so glad I was able to create pattern blocks during the course. I’d been wanting to do this for years but the course was the push I needed to accomplish it.
Tick for “feel good” and “accomplishment”.

Making the bodice toile for my bodice block
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I’m so proud that I’ve accomplished a couple of the ambitions I set myself for 2014.
I made at least 14 garments this year, though not all of them made it to the blog.
I made a dress for each of the three weddings I attended this year.
I used a pattern twice the S2444 which I used to make 2 of the 3 dresses I wore to the weddings I attended.
Tick for “feel good” and “accomplishment”.

The dresses I wore when attending weddings this year

I’m so honoured to be asked to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of one of my oldest and closest friends. I was so proud to be able to say that I drafted and sewed the dress I wore.
Tick for “feel good” and “accomplishment”.

I have now idea what I’m doing here 🙂

I overcame my perfectionist fears and a couple of knitting patterns for beginners; The Isabella Riff Cowl and then The Ridges Bandana Cowl I had an idea and I followed through and I’m so proud of myself for that.
Tick for “feel good” and “accomplishment”.

~Final Comment~
So this year has been a strange one for me. There haven’t been any very high high’s, but on the flip side there haven’t been any very low low’s either and I am extremely grateful for that. So really to sum up it’s been a good year.

What do you do when you find it difficult to see the good? 
Do you have any tricks to boost your confidence when you’re feeling a little deflated/defeated?
I’d love to hear how you handle it. Leave a comment below.

#SewingTop5 posts for 2014
Top 5 Hits
Top 5 Misses
Top 5 Highlights
Top 5 Reflections
Top 5 Goals

Until next time,