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One little word 2016- Improve

So, everyone at the moment is busy looking back at their previous year, whereas I’m much more interested in looking forward… ok, I’ll have a quick look back. Let’s see…

I’ve knitted 10 pairs of socks, my favourite of which are these

poolingsocksI (finally!) finished my cardigan

IMGP0423I tried my hand at sewing

IMGP0414and I managed to keep up with the MKAL I was on (but there aren’t any photos of that until I get back to York. It’s amazing though).

Oh, and I knitted a slice of cake for my sister

Elainecake

 

 

So, 2016. This is going to be a big year for me. I’m (theoretically) graduating this year, I have a portfolio to write for my YLTA course, and naturally I want it to be an allround awsome year. So, next year’s word will be ‘Improve’. According to the online dictionary I use, improve means ‘to make better’ or ‘to become better’, both of which apply in this case.

To make better is probably easier to explain. To not settle for mediocrity, to put in the extra couple of rows of twisted rib, rather than stretching it and calling it done! To calmly and slowly work on something, rather than rushing to get it finished already. And, to mindfully work on something, rather than trying to work on lots of things at once, or to watch TV while I work.

To become better is more elusive. I think it means (to me) to not settle for mediocrity in myself. To not be lazy, to look at the clock and put in the last 5 minutes work, rather than saying ‘screw it, the time’s up’. To not do anything I’ll look back on and regret (in this case I mean the little things, like rushing through a marking job, rather than big things. I try to not regret the big things, even if in hindsight they were the wrong decisions).But they’re all memtal things, and I think that being better physically is also important- I’m planning on really starting cycling when I get back to York, twice a week, when there’s time.

So, what does improve mean to you? Are there any glaring ommissions you feel I should include?

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Comments on: "One little word 2016- Improve" (1)

  1. The nice thing about “improve” as a word is that it is so open to interpretation! Who among us can’t do better in some ways? Your goals are very worthy–good luck with them all!

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