"" the girl who makes things: Feliz Ano Novo!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Feliz Ano Novo!

Good evening and a very happy New Year to you all. I'm sorry that it's been such an obscenely long time since I last posted. I didn't intend to go this long without saying anything but life got in the way and before I knew it we were into a new year already. This blog has been on my conscience for a number of months, so as a new year's resolution I decided to make a fresh start and write something.

I'd best begin by giving you a brief update about what I've been up to. Well, as you may already know last Semptember I emigrated to Lisbon, Portugal with my boyfriend and started teaching at a private language school. The move was, as you can imagine, a massive upheaval in terms of settling into a new job, setting up a new home, getting to know a new city and attempting to learn an entirely new language. Yet despite the stress and strain of moving, Lisbon has been a fantastic choice for us. It's a beautiful city with an enormous amount of history and culture. It's not entirely on the tourism radar so it never feels over touristy or commercialised. I've also met some awesome people and made some pretty solid friendships.

The beginning wasn't easy though. For the first six weeks we were here we had no internet in our flat. The outcome of this was two things: I read a lot of books and I lost touch with the blogging and sewing community. So I sort of missed out on a key incentive for me to make and write things: inspiration. Added into this, the pressure of adapting to a new work life and attending Portuguese lessons has not only left me tired, but has also sapped my creativity. As a result, I've made pretty much zilch since I've been in Lisbon.

This year I've decided not to make any new year's resolutions. I've already bitten off more than I can chew by moving out here. Instead I want to make a small promise to give this little blog some more time and attention and to nurture my creativity so that neither flicker out. The direction of this blog might have to change, ie I can't do as much sewing as I used to, but seeing as the title is 'The Girl Who Makes Things' I may write more about the other things I make. So, I've started 2015 with a small project: a little knitted baby cardigan for my neice/nephew who should hopefully arrive in April. More on this later. Once again, Happy New Year and I hope that 2015 brings you everything you desire.

1 comment:

  1. I've missed your posts! And I'm happy to hear that you will be trying to blog more. =) I can't really imagine the upheaval that would accompany that sort of move... even moving a city away is rough for me. I hope things get easier for you!