I can’t really sugar coat it: 2017 was a very tough year for me personally. I know that social media can make things appear wonderful, and it is my goal to live life honestly, openly, and authentically. Some topics are not really able to be shared publicly, though, and I am definitely hopeful for a more peaceful 2018.
That being said, looking back on my 2017 Quilting / Blogging Planning, I think that I had a very productive year and met most of my major goals:
2017 Shorter Term / Actionable Goals
- Co-host 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop It was great!
- Goal 1: Move the schedule up so that it is over by summer. We did and I think it was a good improvement. Many thanks to those who provided helpful feedback and helped us make this change.
- Goal 2: Work for a smooth transition with new co-hosts and start phasing myself out (I think 2017 will be my last year to co-host). 2017 was my last year as a co-host, and I certainly will do what I can to support the co-hosts for 2018 and share details for the plans for next year when they are announced!
- Give myself a raise (I am going to $25/hour for my time). I did this but I shifted away from making quilts for others to more of a pattern writing business model.
- Focus on pattern writing (I have soooo many ideas!). I did!
- Submit ideas to magazines more frequently. Check!
- Say “no” to most bees, swaps, and quilt alongs for the year: basically, I’m aiming for slightly more “selfish” quilting for the year (although focused quilting is probably more accurate).
- In that vein, I did not sign up for the Stash Bee in 2017, but I am participating in Molli Sparkles Honey Pot Bee as all the blocks I make in that bee I will be keeping for myself. I think I kept a pretty good balance here with a few QALs and the Honey Pot Bee.
2017 Big Picture Goals
- Remember my overarching life goal of seeking mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual balance. I do remember this and it is a constant balancing and re-balancing act to try to find some kind of center.
- Continue to embrace the “seek rejection” philosophy. I tried a lot of new things this year; some with greater success than others.
- Be gentle with myself. I would like to say I did well with this goal, but this can be very hard.
- I have some big picture goal thinking to do. Honestly, I want to be open and flexible with my plans in case life continues to be a bit unpredictable in other non-quilting areas. The things I thought might come to pass did not as 2017 threw me some pretty big curve balls. But, staying open and flexible meant I was able to make the time to be there to support my loved ones (and myself) through a very tough year.
I sat down with my favorite tea, my 2018 Quilter’s Planner, some paper, and a pencil this past weekend and put together some thoughts for what I’d like to achieve in 2018.
2018 Shorter Term / Actionable Goals
- Make 3-4 bed quilts for us!!
- My husband and I have already picked out the color palette to use: Kona Cotton Ocean, Astral, Lake, and Sky.
- Quilt 1: Kaleidoscope Plus
- Quilt 2: Wholecloth: Playful Foxes
- Quilt 3: TBD
- Quilt 4: TBD
- Take time for self care!
- Pick one thing each month – reading, baths, walks outside, gym or yoga time, etc.
- Repeat: “Time expands when I need it.”
- Repeat: “It is OK to plan for and allow myself me-time.”
- Mail something – a note, postcard – to my nieces each month.
- Write a blog post 3 times a week.
- Be online less (this is an evolution of some big picture goal setting, see #4 below).
- I spend a lot of time every day engaging with social media. I really, really appreciate your participation and interaction, and I get a lot out of the online community. But I need to cut back my screen time and realistically what that is going to mean is setting a time limit to my being online.
- Continue to focus on pattern writing.
2018 Big Picture Goals
- Remember my overarching life goal of seeking mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual balance.
- Continue to embrace the “seek rejection” philosophy.
- For those unfamiliar with the idea, reaching out and asking for something (magazine submission, for example) can seem overwhelming and hard due to the fear of rejection or being told “no”. Letting myself ask and submit with the risk of being told “no” is scary, and resiliency in rejection is something I want to continue to cultivate within myself.
- Be gentle with myself.
- Continue to work on big picture goals while being open and flexible to what life has in store.
Linking up with the 2018 Planning Party.