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Welcome 2019

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Thank you for spending your 2018 with me. We've seen a lot in these last 12 months, 365 days and 525,600 minutes. Whether those things have been positive, negative or somewhere in between, they're now woven into our stories and into us.

So, what does 2019 hold? What are your hopes and dreams for the new year? My plan is to focus on being ... just being. I know that life will present demands the way it always does, and I know that plans and rules are meant to be broken in so many areas of life. But I wish for peace in those plans and expectations. I wish for calmness and stillness of mind with each decision. I wish for a taste of happiness and joy every day. I wish for respect between friends and strangers. I wish for a lack of self-comparison with others and for a lack of self-deprecation. I've been practicing yoga now for over five months, and I'm more committed than ever. One of the constants in my practice is to allow my body to dictate how much and far I can take it and to be completely and utterly at peace with its abilities and restrictions.

I'm trying to translate that same idea into other areas of life too. Yes, I want to stitch every single thing in my stash this year, but it's not practical to think I can. And you know what, friends? It's perfectly OK. So, for 2019, let's all commit to not being too hard on ourselves and to allowing our minds, bodies and spirits to dictate what we need to do and can do. Let our Creator's perfectly formed creation just be in life, and be in life joyfully.

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I'll leave you once again with my grandfather's poignant words to me: "Things are looking up, and they'll be better than you think." Let's welcome 2019 with that anticipation and nothing more -- things are looking up and they'll be better than we think or imagine! Happy new year, my friends, and I wish you nothing but joy and contentment for 2019!

Until then, happy stitching!

Christy Schmitz
Editor, Just CrossStitch update

Christy Schmitz is the former editor of Just CrossStitch and Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly. Stitching since the young age of 5 when her mom told her to "color with thread," Christy has held that needle and thread while finding a way to blend that art with her love of writing and editing as well. A devoted Southerner, this Mobile-born lady now makes her home in Birmingham, Ala., where she works in retail management as well as freelance writing and editing. She holds degrees in English, religious studies and literature. When she's not working, writing or stitching, you'll find her reading in the sun next to one of her two rescue beagle mixes.

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