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:

FINISH

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!

hny2018

ttfn…

2017 Planning Linky party

As 2016 comes to a close I have to admit it was a pretty good ‘quilting’ year! I haven’t gone back to count yet but I know I made A LOT of quilts and quilty things (most are still in my sewing room!) Although I got a lot accomplished I really didn’t have a plan – I just sort of ‘winged it’ and that worked out ok…but I want to be more planful and mindful about how I spend my time in 2017, especially since we could be moving to Myrtle Beach which will bring a whole different set of challenges :-s

2017-planning-party

Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl is hosting a 2017 Planning Linky party where we can share our goals, dreams & wishes for 2017.

Here are my quilty goals:

  1. Finish two commissioned quilts in January – The Kittens & Dog Gone Cute
  2. Participate in a block swap – this would be a first for me and scares the jeepers out of me
  3. Make a quilt from my sketches and possibly publish a pattern for it – something else that scares the jeepers out of me!
  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.
  5. Finish my WIPs – Black & White; 2 Halloween quilts; Sugar Block club; Splendid Sampler
  6. Make quilts from my bucket list
    1. Elephant Abstractions quilt (Violet Craft)
    2. Charlotte Skyline quilt (Shannon Brinkley)
    3. Vast quilt (Jeni Baker) using Fleet & Flourish fabric

 

Okay, now it’s out there for everyone to see! Here’s to a great 2017!!

2015 goals?

I’ve been pondering over the last few days about what goals I’d like to strive for in 2015 and nothing specific has popped into my head. Last year I had a few goals:

– Read a book a month (didn’t happen)

– Complete a 10k (accomplished)

– Lose 26lbs (didn’t happen)

– Eat fewer sweets (eh, I guess I cut back)

– Finish knitting at least one WIP (didn’t happen)

– Be more social (I did better for most of the year)

Looking back on this list I’m proud of what I accomplished but still a bit peeved that I didn’t accomplish more.

I read a few books but definitely not 12.

I trained for and completed my first ever 10K and, something not even on my mind at the beginning of 2014, I trained for and completed my first ever Half Marathon – I’m very proud of those two things!

Although I ran almost every week in 2014 I failed to lose any weight – I guess I was eating every calorie I burned…grrr!

I did cut back on eating so much chocolate but it obviously had no impact – lol!

I lost interest in knitting during the summer months (I guess that’s normal?) so I did not finish any of my WIP (work in progress).

And in the ‘be more social’ category I deemed 2014 the ‘Year of Yes’. Meaning I would accept all offers to be social – it worked out well and I made a few new friends through the running group that I still run with every weekend.

Now I’m looking forward into 2015 trying to figure out what goals I should set and I’m not really excited to do anything specific. I did have a little epiphany this morning and decided I would deem 2015 the ‘Year of Indulgence‘. That sounds a little over the top but what I mean by that is, if I want to do something I’m going to do it and if I want to get something I’m going to get it. I typically talk myself out of so many things, saying “I don’t need it” or “it will be a waste of time” and I find that I regret not doing or getting things later on. I think it boils down to a ‘worthiness issue’…I don’t splurge on myself very often and I’m not talking about spending a lot of money either.

So there it is…I’ve put it out there now and I hope those that read this will help hold me accountable to ‘doing and getting’ what I want this year 😀

P.S. I’ve also updated the theme of my page…I’ve been wanting to do that for a while 😉

indulgence

2014 running recap…2015 goals

2015 is still a few hours away in South Carolina so I thought it would be a good time to recap my running exploits this year.

I tallied up all the mileage I ran this year, including training, races and treadmill runs {{drum roll please}} I ran just over 385 miles – say what?? I didn’t start this year with any specific mileage goal, in fact I really didn’t have any real running goals at all so I’m quite surprised that I covered that many miles.

I ran a 5K with the Run For God group in December 2013 and shortly after they announced the next RFG program was 10K or Half Marathon…after hemming and hawing I agreed to join for the 10K. We spent the winter months training for that race in April. I really enjoyed running with the girls from that group and when they asked me to join them for the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon I laughed…seriously? Me run a Half? Well, I’m not sure if it was peer pressure or some secret desire of my own but I finally agreed to join them. Thus we spent the summer training for that race in October. Since that race I’ve been running a couple of times a week, including weekend runs with my ‘running buddies’ just to maintain my progress.

The girls have signed up for a 15K in January in Atlanta Hot Chocolate Run (sounds delicious!) and I’m going to join them. We’ve also signed up for the SuperBowl 4 miler in Charlotte on Feb 1st. Other than that, I have no races or goals for 2015.

I’m very pleased with the progress I’ve made this year. I want to lose weight and get a little faster in 2015 so I guess I better get to setting some goals!!

Happy New Year!! I wish everyone a blessed, healthy and happy 2015!!