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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,
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    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.
    2355 days ago
    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!

    2355 days ago
    I love bonfires ! Happy New Year Barb !
    2356 days ago
    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!!
    2357 days ago
    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!
    2358 days ago
    Very cool way to bring in 2025 Barb, Victoria
    2358 days ago
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