I have been seeing a lot of year end wrap up thoughts by a lot of different bloggers. After reflecting on 2014, I am ready to establish some quilty resolutions for 2015. Would you like to join me? I am hosting a link up for our quilty resolutions – grab the thumbnail image at the bottom of the post and join the linky fun and reflection!
Without further preamble, below are my 15 Quilty Resolutions for 2015, in no particular order:
1. Give myself a raise
I am delighted to be my own boss! After review and thought, I am going to change my rates to $20/hour for quilts (from $15/hour) and $15/hour for quilted placemats (from $10/hour) for 2015.
2. Express gratitude and thanks more frequently
I love quilting. It brings me great joy and satisfaction to create something with my love, energy, and creative talents. Quilting is a safe expression of love and care that can be shared and handed around. Quilts are the literal hug that I might not be there in person to deliver. I am so grateful for quilting as a creative outlet, for the online quilting blogging community, and for the people who use my quilts on a daily basis. I want to spend more time being mindful of the joy and gratitude and thanks I feel for every thoughtful comment, every completed stitch, and every wonderful tutorial. I will begin hosting Thankful Thursdays, a new weekly linky party, where we can cultivate this gratitude and thanksgiving for all the big and small things we appreciate through our craft each week. Stay tuned; more to come next Thursday!!
3. Give back
I want to make and donate at least one quilt in 2015.
4. Practice conscientious reading
I spend a lot of time each day reading over blogs and leaving comments. It means so much to me when others take the time to thoughtfully read and respond to my work, and I want to continue to practice conscientious reading. This might mean I need to spend some time evaluating the blogs that I am following, but I want to keep this goal in mind as I continue to meet more people in this community.
5. Strive for balance
I left my full time job back in April to give myself the freedom to be able to cultivate a better balance in my life and to address all aspects of my health: my mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional health. I have made great strides in these areas, and I think in 2015 I need to be aware of the balance in my quilting life. A balance of internet time, creative time, time creating for customers, etc. This will definitely be a work in progress, but reminding myself of balance might just be a great idea for mini quilt selfish sewing project…
I want to find ways to express joy and celebration through quilting. I have in mind a fun twist to my QuiltCon 2015 experience, and I hope you will join in on the fun with me! Stay tuned for my wacky / silly idea!
7. Learn to say no
Part of starting my own business this year has been a big learning experience in how to interact with customers. I need to cultivate my ability to tell someone no. Often times, the easiest way for me to do this is to refer the person to another quilter who would be better suited to work for / with them. But sometimes I need to listen to the little voice in my head that whispers to me and just. say. no.
8. Be more interactive
I joined the Stash Bee for 2015 to interact with more quilters on a personal level, and I hope there are more fun opportunities for mini swaps or classes for interaction with real, live people!
9. Create more patterns
I have a backlog of ideas that I want to turn into patterns. This probably goes hand-in-hand with my goal to find balance. I want to carve out time to make these ideas a reality!
10. Try something new
I might not try something new each month, but I want to be open to new quilting experiences in 2015. Do you have any great ideas for me to try?
11. Let go of things that no longer serve me
This includes de-stashing fabrics I know I will never use and letting go of the idea that everything I do needs to be perfect. I am not perfect, and my quilts will not be, either.
12. Sing along
I listen to music all day. It has been a long time since I felt free enough to sing along to my favorite songs, so get ready to cover your ears in 2015. OK, I probably will only do it when I am home alone, so you should be safe enough.
13. Embrace change
Change is inevitable in life, and it is something that I struggle with as a topic. I want to learn to embrace change in my quilting in 2015. Currently that means I want to celebrate my new relationship with Olive.
14. Cultivate friendships
Quilting has brought so many wonderful people into my life over the past year, and in 2015 I want to appreciate and cultivate those friendships that have started to form. I am really looking forward to meeting many of you in real life at QuiltCon in February!
15. Keep going!
I want to have the courage to keep going on this journey and see where the adventure leads.
I can’t wait to read your quitly resolutions! This link up will be active through the end of December.
I currently host my blog through WordPress.com. I have learned a lot today about how linky parties work (or rather, cannot be embedded) in a WordPress.com blog! Please click on the button below to be taken to the InLinkz page that contains the linky party. Next year, when it is time to renew my WordPress.com account, I think it will be time to consider migrating my blog to a self-hosted Worpress.org site. Thanks so much, and I can’t wait to read your quilty resolutions!