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  • On New Year’s Eve one year i wrote on a paper all the things I wanted to do away with- angry thoughts, habits and put them in a pot and burned the paper. Starting the New Year fresh. It made me feel lighter.

    • Thank you Max. You certainly put things into perspective. And I’m in the same place – even my flabber is gasted. I’m going to try your suggestions. End this year on a positive note and start the next year fresh.

  • The other day-I found myself thinking about the new year and what I am going to do in January. I am newly retired-it has been a couple of months since I retired and this article resonated with me!
    Well, I am seeing this new year in a totally different light and want to make the most of my time-I began a list of projects I want work on, with yarn and with myself.
    Contemplating this new year has brought about a sense of calm and clarity-I am glad to continue to move forward-this article has clearly stated my own personal journey-thanks for your eloquence!!

    • I retired two years ago and I also found this article so helpful because I realized that this year has been all about moving from easing into retirement to just loving it. More time for myself and opportunities for creative growth. While I do some volunteer work, I also have become good with making time for myself!

  • So helpful, Max, as ever. A major new thing for me this year has been a return to keeping a journal. Every day, even if it’s one line or six pages, I write down the thought in my head at that moment. No editing, no Writing An Essay. It’s so different from what I write all day long these days. I haven’t really read it much, but I’m going to sit down with it and revisit the year. Looking forward to this, actually. Not sure what I’ll find in there. It was a rollercoaster year for sure.

  • yes, agree with all…. gotta work on that praise thing

  • Great commentary – food for thought… thank you!
    And BTW your choice of art for the title page is also worth a mention…

    • There’s an identifying credit at the bottom of the piece,

      • I love all the art Max always chooses, gorgeous curation, thank you!

  • Such a healthy exercise and outlook! Thank you. All of us with gasted flabbers so needed this positive way of examining this past year. Here’s to a happier and healthier 2023!!

  • Yes to all of the above and also this: Is your gob smacked??

    • My dinger is 100% hummed.

  • Thank you, Max! The last year has left me out-of-breath and exhausted from the fight against negativity. There is much that I’d like to shove under the rug and forget about, but I know it would come back to haunt me later. Taking the time to look it in the eye and identify what to keep and what to throw away will be well worth the time and effort!

  • Thanks for the reminder! This has been a heck of a year for my family, and we have big changes coming. My husband changed jobs, I quit mine, and we’re looking at moving, probably closer to my family. We’ve had to think about what we were struggling with here to help us decide what we want to embrace moving foward. And, of course, that requires lookng at what we do well as well and being realistic about the whole thing.

  • Thank you Max. Great perspective

  • Thank you Max! I’m finding these guidelines for self review very helpful and have saved this article.

  • Thank you Max! Your writing always inspires me! I used your suggestion last January to focus on one word for the year instead of resolutions. I am newly retired and wanted to spend time learning crafts, something I never took the time to do during my career, so my word for the year became CREATE. Despite unexpected health setbacks, I kept that word in mind all year long as I took pottery lessons, learned new knitting and weaving techniques and even tried my hand at quilting. Your brilliant idea was such a gift for me!

  • I had started Journaling my projects, however this year I was not consistent, so I’m hoping between paper notes, Knit Companion and Ravelry 2022’s review will be complete. The year started with buying no new yarn and knitting down my stash. (I did buy some new but they were knitted up quickly.) So in the new year all old yarn will be gone except for the two skeins I’m using on projects that hopefully will be completed soon.
    It’s nice to reflect on the past, adjust our actions and thoughts, so we can plan for the future.

  • A long list of the people who are a light in my life and in my community.

  • This year has been the worst of times. However it has ended with miracles and angels all around me. I’m a low income disabled senior. This year my mama who I took care of passed. Three weeks later I fell and broke my right wrist badly. Not being able to knit was the least of my problems. Bad things kept happening. I knew if I couldn’t get into a bldg for seniors like me I would be homeless by Dec 1st. Miracles did occur. I had so much help. Angels came out of the woodwork. I am in a beautiful little apartment in my neighborhood for seniors like me. I have a wonderful view, my emotional support cat & yarn. I’m going to do this exercise and am so looking forward now. One of my goals is to afford some felted tweed; my favorite. After all how many blankets does one need? Just one fabulous one! I’m starting a journal too. Thanks so much for this column. It is inspiring.