Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Ah yes, this time of year almost everyone I follow online is reviewing 2017 and making goals for 2018…and being the ‘follower’ that I am, I jumped right on board!

Here are the 2017 goals I posted at the end of last year:

  1. Finish two commissioned quilts in January – The Kittens & Dog Gone Cute DONE
  2. Participate in a block swap – this would be a first for me and scares the jeepers out of me NOPE
  3. Make a quilt from my sketches and possibly publish a pattern for it – something else that scares the jeepers out of me! NOPE
  4. Blog at least once per week…I used to post several times a week when I was running more regularly so I know I can do it. DONE
  5. Finish my WIPs – Black & White DONE; 2 Halloween quilts DONE; Sugar Block club 1/2 DONE; Splendid Sampler NOPE
  6. Make quilts from my bucket list #2 DONE
    1. Elephant Abstractions quilt (Violet Craft)
    2. Charlotte Skyline quilt (Shannon Brinkley)
    3. Vast quilt (Jeni Baker) using Fleet & Flourish fabric

Looking back I’d say I hit about 50%…not horrible but clearly I could’ve done better. As I think about why I didn’t complete some of these, I noticed I stopped reviewing my goals about halfway through the year…ugh. So, note to self: put a reminder in July 2018 to review your goals and get back on track!

I used a couple of goal setting programs to plan 2018: Design Your Destiny 2018 (DYD2108) hosted by Kim Job of Sublime Reflection and Best Year Ever (BYE2018) from Mel Robbins. The DYD program was spread over 5 weeks, each week progressing through reflection on last year and identifying what’s important for 2018. The BYE worksheets were provided all at once and focused on 4 areas of life: Health, Love, Fun, Work. This kind of deep reflection always makes me feel a little weird…I have a hard time with forward thinking and visualizing what I want my future to look like. That said, I worked through both and have identified 3 areas I want to focus on:

  1. Have fun: DH and I haven’t had a vacation in over 2 years. I mean a real vacation which to us is at least 10 days in the Caribbean…and it doesn’t look like we’re going to make that happen in 2018 so we need to find other ways to have fun.
  2. Lose 25 pounds: I’ve had this on my wish list for a long time now…I’m not getting any younger so I need to get serious about it. I want to be healthy and fit enough to travel more often and of course continue my quilting adventure.
  3. Visit with family: I want to make visiting with family a bigger part of my life but that doesn’t always mean traveling, there’s this thing called Skype that I need to embrace! We have two grandsons and a new great niece that we want to spend more time with and all of them will have no problems with technology.

Seems do-able. I’ve already planned tasks for the first quarter of 2018 and put them in my Bullet Journal to help me stay accountable. Now I just need to follow through…which leads me to the Word of the Year I’ve chosen:


All too often I start things but inevitably I don’t follow through…so FINISH will be the theme for me in 2018.

I wish you a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2018!



3 thoughts on “Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

  1. I hope that you have a wonderful 2018. I love using Facetime and Skype to keep in touch with my nieces, I do appreciate how technology keeps me as a more familiar part of their lives even though I live thousands of miles away. Thank you so much for sharing and linking up!

    P.s. I updated the link in the linkup to bring people to your blog and not the WordPress reader (which only people who have wordpress accounts would be able to see). Happy New Year!

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