Friday, September 14, 2018
One Month Later...
I announced one month ago that I was going to make some significant changes (see post HERE) to better my health and increase my energy level as well as to 'remake' my daily life with less stress and more joy. Since I think accountability is what keeps us on track, here's what I can report.
1. I'm no longer writing blog posts for Craftsy on a regular basis.
DONE Not only have I done this, but it looks like Craftsy has as well. I've enjoyed the feeling of a weight lifted without this obligation nagging at me.
2. I plan to re-open etsy shop.
PROGRESS I have and I've listed a few quilts. I need to list many more and get more items listed as well. I also need to overhaul my website so it reflects new and upcoming items.
3. I will be commuting less.
DONE I am only working one day a week this month and will continue to work a scaled back schedule for the next couple of months. This is allowing me to really take a few days a week to focus on 'catching up' and doing fun things like the 3 mile walk I took yesterday with hubby and the dogs.
4. I will be doing more customer longarm quilting.
DONE I enjoyed working on another customer quilt this week and it turned out beautifully. I will share it once it's been given as a gift. I don't want to 'spoil' any surprises! Please let me know if I can quilt for you! I would love to!!
5. I'm going to limit my computer time.
MAJOR PROGRESS I've stepped away after checking email/blogging every day. I have seriously reduced computer time, and I hope to continue (which can be tricky when pattern writing and website work needs to be done!) LOL
6. I plan to accept more commission quilting.
No new commission quilts are in the works, but I feel like I can take one on if it comes my way!
7. My kids are going back to school.
SAD BUT TRUE The kids are back at school. I have sent them each their first care package and I've had cookies delivered. I am working hard not to bug them too much with texts. They are all doing well and I do miss them terribly.
8. I've got some new patterns coming soon.
PROGRESS While I haven't gotten any of these sent off to my amazing graphic designer yet, I am working on (oh so slowly) getting them ready. I've also spent time getting the sew along STEP 2 ready to be revealed next month.
Other benefits of the changes I've made...
I've lost about 10 lbs.
I'm sleeping a little bit better.
I feel less stressed.
I took a whole morning just to read a book.
I'm choosing something fun everyday (non work related).
While I think 'balance' is a myth, I do feel better.
I am making better choices about how I spend my time and I'm feeling the benefits of that. I have a long way to go. I need to schedule 'relaxation' and I need to schedule more time with friends. Overall, I'm proud of the changes I've made and the results prove to me I'm doing the right thing.
What do you need to change?
Now go do it!
You deserve it.