It’s time to take a look back at my 2018 Goal Setting post and see how things are tracking so far this year.
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 DONE!
- Quilt 2: Wholecloth: Playful Foxes – Waiting on a template to get started
- Quilt 3: TBD – No idea for this and not sure if I will get to it
Quilt 4: TBD– Scratching this one off the list
Well, I’m not as far along on this goal as I had envisioned, but even if I only get 2 bed quilts made for us, I will be thrilled with that!
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.”
Hmmm, well, I have started reading more in the past few weeks. Or should I say, I read a book in the last few weeks (the first book I’ve read for pleasure in what feels like years). Generally, I have to say I have neglected this almost from Day 1.
Mail something – a note, postcard – to my nieces each month.
This is one I have done OK on, but I think I missed a month. Either way, they are on my mind basically daily and I do get to Facetime chat with them fairly regularly which makes me very happy.
Write a blog post 3 times a week.
I have averaged this goal for sure for the first half of the year, but I am not sure if it will be sustainable for the rest of the year. Due to other life constraints, I am taking on less quilting commitments right now as a result, which I am sure is obvious to my regular readers.
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.
I would say that while I might be cutting back just a bit on some social media engagement, I have actually be online more due to other behind-the-scenes commitments. I have taken on a bigger role for the Quilter’s Planner and doing more technical editing contract work. I enjoy doing that and will have to see how these new commitments evolve.
Tangentially related: have you read the powerful article by Carrie Bloomston: One Artist’s Story: Why I Quit the Gig Economy and Got a Day Job? The hustle is real. It’s exhausting, it doesn’t really pay, and it’s not how I really want to be spending my time. I have so many thoughts on this and I will be taking some time to think them over before writing more.
Continue to focus on pattern writing.
I definitely have been doing this. For the first half of the year I was focused on finishing up contracts with magazines (which I will share as soon as I can!). The second half of the year will be focused on releasing patterns as rights revert back to me and looking forward to some new pattern ideas that I am excited to try out and share!
2018 Big Picture Goals
Remember my overarching life goal of seeking mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual balance.
I definitely remember this and currently feel like things are not quite where I would like them to be. I keep reminding myself that life is a journey and the balance will tip and move around. I am trying to be aware and dance with the changes, but I definitely feel like I am using more energy than I am replenishing right now so it’s time to focus on making that better.
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.
I am still trying new things and have been humbled with the reception and interest in workshops and options to teach recently.
Be gentle with myself.
This is an area of constant struggle; I can be very hard on myself. I do have to say that seeing this as a reminder feels less like a shock than a few of my other goals, though!
Continue to work on big picture goals while being open and flexible to what life has in store.
Oh yes, this is huge. As I mentioned earlier, things are currently in a pretty big season of fluctuation for me and as such I know I have to say “no” or “later” to a lot of commitments that I would like to say “yes” to right now.
2018 Second Half Goals
The only constant is change, right? Taking stock of where things are now, I have a few updates I’d like to make for my short term goals for the second half of 2018.
Short Term Goals
- Make the Wholecloth Playful Foxes bed quilt.
- Make a baby quilt for local friends.
- Meet my remaining commitments for the year (Aurifil Artisan, OLFA Designer, Patreon Rewards, Technical Editing).
- Release 3-4 new patterns.
- Explore limited run printing options for newer patterns to take with me when I teach and have in person events.
- Continue to teach and explore more teaching opportunities.
Linking up with the #2018MidYearReview. I hope you join me in linking up by July 15th!