Go confidently …

01/01/2014 § 9 Comments

in the direction of your dreams

This time last year, 2013, for the first time in my life I adopted a motto for the year.  So aptly did I feel inspired by these words of Henry David Thoreau, that I even embroidered and framed them, with the addition of a little duck which made me smile.  The thought of Flora striking out in the pond, in the direction of her dreams which undoubtedly would include gobbling up a fat slug or juicy snail, always brought me back to the simplicity of life and the directness of creatures in the way that they exist.


This time last year, I had dreams.  I was happy at home and with my family, but felt stressed and uncomfortable in work. Like most people, I was doing ‘too much’ and I needed an escape plan.  By the turn of 2012 into 2013, I had a plan but no idea quite how to execute it.  I spent many hours in my sewing studio, number crunching on my calculator – could we afford to live comfortably if I didn’t work?  My dream was to leave work, chill out and do some sewing.

Events were stressful, Himself wasn’t too good and in March it resulted in me having a bit of a ‘meltdown’. Nothing ever so dramatic or requiring medication or anything – I was simply told by my GP to stop, sit down, look after Himself while he recovered from surgery and take life a bit easy.

I never returned to the classroom.  We made a decision at Easter time last year, that I would leave work.  We’d manage – and we have!  It took me a long time to ‘recover’.  In March and April I did stop, I sat down a lot, walked the collies a lot, did some hand-sewing and one day when we jaunted to a local market town, I bought some wool and picked up my crochet hook again.  I recovered stitch by stitch, by needle and hook whilst Himself got stronger and life got easier.

Never have I enjoyed an Autumn and Winter as much as last year.   I had no idea that my job was causing me such stress, I loved teaching.  I kept running around in that hamster wheel of term times, classes, parents evenings, open days, exam revision, analysing results, planning for next lesson, week, term, year – until I stepped off that day in March and felt giddy with joy!

‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams’ was a very fitting motto for my 2013.  My dream was to leave work, chill out and do some sewing – I’ve left, I’m feeling chilled and have done LOTS of sewing!

So, what about this new year – 2014?  Shall I keep paddling along like Flora, or should I have a new motto? These are almost there …

“Live the life you have imagined” – the end of the ‘Go confidently’ quotation by Henry David Thoreau

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while” – Steve Jobs

But I don’t ‘feel’ they’re quite right for me for 2014.  I’m going to have to go with my instinct, and just like when I name a quilt I’ll make up my own.  My 2014 motto is …

“Living Patchwork Dreams”

Life is like a patchwork, all the pieces come together and the most interesting patchworks have brights and subtles working together in harmony to create something quite different from the individual patches – the whole is so much bigger than the sum of the parts – like life.  The quilting stitches bind the layers together and the whole thing is designed to satisfy those basic needs of warmth and security, keeping us warm whilst we sleep and dream.
I dream of creating lots of patchwork quilts in 2014 and drifting off to sleep every night, dreaming in colour about what I’ll be sewing tomorrow.

Happy New Year – live your dreams.


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§ 9 Responses to Go confidently …

  • Thriftwood says:

    A lovely post Adaliza, and I’m so glad your dreams worked out for you. Onwards and upwards for 2014!

    Love Claire xxx


  • adaliza says:

    And for you too – I really like your ‘Simplify’ motto. Good luck for 2014.


  • Joanne Bala says:

    Happy New Year to you and your family !
    I liked reading your post, simplify your life and enjoy everything around you. Stressing out over every day things that you have to deal with accomplishes nothing ,except making a decisions almost impossible.
    Have a wonderful happy and healthy (2014)…I will keep following your posts.


  • Awesome! As the say here in New England. Happy 2014 to all of you.


  • Sue Gumm says:

    Congratulations on having the courage to make the change.


  • adaliza says:

    Thank you – it was a big decision and I’m so glad I had the love and support at home, to make it.


  • Sarah says:

    Thank you writing this post it gave me encouragement for the changes we are facing.
    Sarah x


  • Catherine says:

    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog today. I have just had a long read of yours and love all the brightly illustrated posts about the quilts you have made but felt drawn to comment on this post as your experience so closely resembles mine in some ways. I am recently retired, having not quite made it to official retirement age because of my own melt down. I still feel a bit sad about this as I was only 6 months from the finishing post and I do like finishing things (even my multiple knitting projects get done eventually) I like vintage china and I live not far from Alton (have we met?). And my OH (JTH) is converting our garage into a studio for me! There the resemblance stops as I have only realised half my dream. I spend most of my days knitting, sewing (including patchwork) and writing about it but to date, apart from my blog my work is just not ‘out there’ like yours. Congratulations on all your commissions, what a fabulous achievement!


  • adaliza says:

    Thank you so much for popping by and leaving a comment. I’ve sent you an email – hope it arrives.


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