Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year 2012

I just want to take this opportunity to wish all my friends (IRL) and in blogland a Happy New Year! I have been thinking alot about this post. The year is fresh and new and anything is possible, right? I made some goals last year. I met some of those goals and not others. I am a firm believer in having goals. It helps me to focus. So you don't have to keep reading if this is boring but here I go.

Goals for 2012

1-I would like to spend a little more time learning and using my EQ program.  I have said this for the last 2 years and I have used it more in 2011 than 2010 so progress is being made.

2-I really, really, need to get my embroidery module out and learn how to use it. I have had it for 6 years now and still do not have the first idea what to do to use it. Maybe this will be the year!  I carried this goal over from last year. 

3-I need to continue to work on my already started projects. I think most of us feel like that.  I will continue to list them on my side bar as a way to keep me accountable.  There are always new projects that pop up but I am going to redouble my efforts to get some of my UFO's done.  Organization is key for me on this one. 

4-I have designed some quilts in the last few years that I would like to write up the patterns for. I now have a good friend that has promised to help me with this, so hopefully you will see patterns from me soon! Going hand in hand with that is to continue to design some more quilts this year.

5-I am thinking about setting up either some kind of embroider along or maybe a Halloween block swap. This, of course depends on time and may or may not happen. This was a goal from last year too.  This time I actually have a theme in mind.  I need to get drawing though and see what happens.

6-I would like to try to use more of my stash fabrics and cut down on the new fabric purchases this year too. I did fairly well with this one but not well enough.  Since we are trying to pay down some debt not purchasing new fabrics as often will help with that.  It's not that I won't buy new I just want to limit it to things I can't live without.  I am finding that the longer I sew there seems to be less and less I can't live without!

7-This is not quilt related, but I would like to work on having a more sustainable life. We started on this last year and I would like to continue this endevor. Grow more of my own food, can more food, re-use, re-purpose and recycle more, cook from scratch more. This will help maintain a more healthy lifestyle.  Again, this was a goal from last year that I will carry forward.  We did a great job making progress with this goal last year.

8-Continue on my weight loss journey including more healthy eating as well as keeping up with spending time at the gym. I have kind of a high strung personality (betcha haven't noticed right?) and I have decided that alcohol is not my friend. Yes, it does help me wind down and relax but it does not help with my weight or my personal relationships or my achieving of goals so I am going to limit my consumption for a year and see how that goes. It couldn't hurt right?

9-I will work on trying to spend more time doing the things I want to do instead of always doing what has to be done first.  I have been struggling lately with where I am going in life.  I am going to spend more time with family and friends and trying to do things that truly make me feel happy.  I also find that when I help others I am happier so I loo forward to more of that too.

10- I want to streamline my house. Thin out the "things" that are cluttering up my house and my life. Less stuff. This one is difficult for me.  I seem to have bonded unnaturally with some of the "things" in my life.  I have found a blog that speaks to de-cluttering your life and I plan to spend time working on this part of my life too.  Maybe less "stuff" will make less stress?  Worth a try!

I guess that sums it up for me and what I have been thinking about. I wish for all of you everything you need to be healthy and happy in this upcoming year. Enjoy your friends, your family and all your blogging buddies. I appreciate all of you so much. You are what makes this all worthwhile. I am glad you are joining in and becoming a part of my life! I look forward to getting to know you better and maybe even meeting up IRL! 

It is said that the things you do on New Year's day will be the things you will continue to do the whole year through.  Think about what you want in your life this year and sprinkle a little bit of it into your day today!

May God keep you safe and healthy in the upcoming year. If you have read this far, thanks! I hope to have an awesome year and I hope you do too!!!  ~XOP~



10 comments:

Judy C said...

Sounds like you and I have similiar goals...many of mine will carry over from last year, but I guess that is how we are able to meet them. Good luck with yours in 2012.

Denise :) said...

Sounds like you've got some solid, realistic and very do-able goals!! I'll be here cheering you on!! Happy 2012! :)

Karen said...

Here, here! Great goals! Can't wait to see your finishes :)

Pat said...

Happy New Year Pam to you and your family! I hope we can see each other, too but my trips to Michigan are few and fast~or so it seems! Great Goals! :)

Jeannette said...

Great posting, these goals are certainly achieveable and are very similar to the ideas that have been running around in my head. Every six months or so I go through the house and my studio to declutter and encourage my daughter to do the same. All items that have not been used in at least a year get given away including fabric and craft stuff I no longer like. This year I am considering asking people who want to give our family gifts for birthday and christmas to donate to an animal charity.

MB in MI said...

Numbers 6 thru 10 could've been posted on my blog!! I SO agree about #7--keep up the good work all around! :-)

Allie said...

Happy New Year hon, those are all worthwhile goals, and if anyone can achieve them you can! I'm keeping my goals very simple for this year - a friend and I are holding each other accountable for exercising, and I'm going to avoid bloggy temptation of new projects and work on my own designs. AND look for a real job. Now that I'm done schooling my boys, it's time.

Sherry said...

I think those are some great goals. I've loved your blog since I found it quite some time ago doing the neighborhood quilt. What fun was that - loved it! Wishing you all the best in 2012 & thanks for the quilty inspiration you have given me through your blog. Happy New Year!

Faith said...

Hear Hear! I wonderful Happy New Year to you and your wonderful freinds and family there tooxx

ytsmom said...

Your list has any things that mine does. Learn EQ, learn to use my embroidery module, finish things that are started, buy less fabric, get rid of stuff. Good luck to us both!

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