Whatever traditions you celebrate this year, the age old tradition of starting a new year at the winter solstice, when the days are shortest and the night is darkest, allows us to take time to pause and reflect on accomplishments for 2016 and goals for 2017.
I just finished a leadership development retreat through my work, and one of the techniques we discussed is so simple, it was a lightbulb moment.
What in your life brings joy, satisfaction, fulfillment? Keep it.
What isn’t working, isn’t helping you meet your life/family/work commitments and goals? Stop it.
What else do you need to do? Start it.
Keep: Sewing/quilting of course, and trying new things. Should I destash any UFO’s? Hmm, no, I think I still like all of them. I am still going to the gym, but I do need to focus on getting back to 3 times, or more, per week.
Stop: Worry is a big one for me. I need to take each day at a time and not stress over decisions which I don’t need to make right now. The other thing I need to stop is making more quilt tops (at least until I catch up with my quilting lol). I also want to cut back on screen time (i.e. instagram) while my daughter is around–it’s not fair to her and it doesn’t set a good example. Lastly I am going to continue to be very selective about on-line swaps and challenges.
Start: I was fortunate enough to win the Quilter’s Planner from Stephanie at Late Night Quilter, so I’m going to have a go at organizing my quilting projects for the next few months and see if that helps me keep on track. I like all aspects of quilting, so I’m going to plan to have one quilt in the piecing stage and one being quilted, each month. Current quilt statuses:
Starlight, Stardark – quilting in progress
Summer Solstice – block piecing in progress
En Provence mystery – unit piecing in progress
Glamp Stitchalot 2016 quilt – applique round in progress
Tic Tac Toe bee quilt – blocks made, top to be designed
Starbright quilt – top finished (on hold for the hand quilting queue)
Sugar Block Club 2014 – blocks made, top designed, assembly required
Weathervane bee quilt – blocks made, top to be designed
Sunnyside triangles – blocks made
Modern Butterfly – one block left to quilt
Farmer’s wife and miscellaneous sampler blocks – well, one day I will mash these all together into a quilt
Linking up with Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl for the #2017planningparty