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Excited for the New Year!

Friday, January 02, 2015

Oh my goodness! I have not written a post for an entire year. Guess that sums up my commitment to myself during 2014. Sigh.

But things are different now.

I am really in the mood to sit down to map out my year. I tend to get too busy with quilting for others, and with my Day Job still in play, I've decided I don't want to stress myself out. If I set some limitations for myself, I can then tell people, "I'm sorry, I can't get that done for you next week. The first opening I have is in two months." That way, if I get it done sooner, they're delighted, and if I don't, I'm not stressed about it because I've met my deadline. Sounds like a Win-Win to me!

I also have put myself on a Fabric Diet. That has become another stressor for me - I have bought way too much fabric in anticipation of making things for my Etsy Shop, or just because I love the fabric. And then I don't have time to turn the fabric into quilts. So I become overwhelmed, and that creates a stressor for me. Most of my fabric I buy online, so I am deleting a whole bunch of my subscriptions so I won't be faced with a plethora of delicious options/sales/new fabrics each morning when I log on to my email. I have about 49 projects I could work on this year (just made that number up - don't really know how many....)

On the personal front, I have 6 weeks until I go to Tucson for dh's board meeting and our vacation. So I am going to use this 6 weeks to transform myself into a firmer, thinner version of my present self. I do not have a weight-loss goal set. I just want to write down the things I know I need to do each day to get some weight off of me. And then do them. And not deviate from them so much. If I do those things, I know the weight will drop. And by not saying, "I want to lose 8 pounds this month," I'm not setting myself up for failure if I don't make it.

See how smart I'm getting in my old age?

I know life will get in the way of my best-laid plans, but I'm excited to have a Road Map for the year. How about you?

Oh - here's a photo of our New Year's Eve Bon Fire. Symbolic of letting go of the past and looking forward to the future. It was a HUGE bon fire, btw. Flames were literally 70 feet high.



Happy New Year,
Barb
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  • MEOWMAMA3
    A fabric diet......oh boy...
    I'm just going to have to add you as a friend! Best wishes on your mapping. A plan always helps, even if it morphs along the way. Without the plan, there is no way!
    Signed, your fellow fabric addict and budding quilter, Kim.
    1909 days ago
  • MT-MOONCHASER
    It looks like a good plan, good luck!1

    I have had to wean myself off of both fabric and yarn until I get some of my stash used up. I have been only allowing purchases if they are absolutely necessary to finish a project.

    Have a good year!

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    1910 days ago
  • CHERIRIDDELL
    I love bonfires ! Happy New Year Barb !
    1911 days ago
  • CARTOONB
    A bonfire makes the snow bearable!

    I like the way you think. Set yourself up for success and then follow the road map. You've got this!!
    1912 days ago
  • QUILTYENGINEER
    Your approach sounds interesting. Yes, we know what we have to do - it's just a matter of doing it! Love the concept of the bonfire.

    Happy New Year!
    Nancy
    1912 days ago
  • HIKETOHEIGHTS
    Very cool way to bring in 2025 Barb, Victoria
    1912 days ago
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