Welcome to 2020: A Year of Learning

Happy New Year! By the time you read this, our New Years Day party will be underway. I’m so excited to be inviting over my friends and their families; we’ve never had space before!

Welcome to 2020!

So 2019 was definitely a life changing year for our family. It wasn’t always a smooth path, but we wouldn’t change any of the outcomes. I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for us!

New Years Resolutions?

I don’t really do new years resolutions. I’ve never seen the point. We all start the year determined to change something just because we think we should. Why?! As a kid mine would always be to stop biting my nails. I’m 35 and I still bite my nails. (Goals are totally different though, we’ll get back to goals another time.)
In the past I’ve thought of a word that I want to keep in mind through the year. This year that’s easy. 2020 will be the year of learning.
2020 is my Year of Learning!

Why?

That makes it sound like I’m going back to school, and whilst I do harbour a dream of one day doing an MA, it’s not happening any time soon! It just struck me that plenty has changed for us over the past year and my role as parent particularly is being redefined.
So what I am learning in 2020?
First off, every day that my daughters are at home with me, I’m learning so much from them. Their knowledge of the natural world and all sorts of other things is astounding!
Despite being a qualified primary teacher, home education is completely different and so I’m learning to be the home educator that my daughters need.

I’m also learning alongside my daughters; every time we go to Forest School or visit a museum or get a book from the library. I’m always learning something new.

Learning how to balance home educating with running a business is something I’m definitely going to need to focus on.
As well as being present at home and in our business, it’s important to take time out for my own well being. I’m constantly learning how to do this and will make sure I continue to. Learning to say no is a huge part of this!
I’ve always wanted to learn German, and halfheartedly started using Duolingo last year. This year I want to make this something I do at least every other day.

As I started a YouTube channel on a whim, I want to learn how to actually use it properly! I won’t make tonnes of videos, but learning some basic video editing and stuff would be cool.

Thimble End in 2020

When I started Thimble End I wrote about sewing. Things evolved into sustainable sewing and a bit of eco-friendly lifestyle stuff.
Now I feel like things need to evolve again. Maybe this is how it is when you write a personal kind of blog, it has to evolve with you to stay authentic. (I know, the word authentic is so over-used…). So this year Thimble End will be more ethical lifestyle, less sewing. I don’t sew as much as I did and I have so much other content I want to share. I want to write about all the things that interest me, so I hope that you’ll stick around!
Not just content either, Thimble End itself needs to evolve. I chose the name Thimble End because it’s a road I drive down fairly regularly and I liked the connection with sewing! For a more personal blog though, it doesn’t make much sense. Of course, the eagle-eyed amongst you will have already noticed changes happening…

So that’s my major task for the blog this year; a name change, domain switch over and dealing with the SEO headache! It might not sound like fun, but it definitely fits in with me learning something!

So here’s wishing you a wonderful 2020; I hope that this year is all that you want it to be!

 

Toria

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