Quilt I made for my son Danny for Christmas.
Quilted using a maze design on my HandiQuilter Amara.
I wrote a couple of posts last year about making better choices and trying to reduce stress and increase health and happiness. My first post is HERE and the update is HERE.
I've come to some conclusions so far and I'm ready to make some MORE better choices. Here are a few of the highlights.
1. The eat better and move more has been a positive change overall. I've increased my energy levels and I've lost some weight (17 lbs so far). I was really happy to not have regained any weight during the holidays. Yay!
2. I am going to add a little variety to the exercise because of the rainy season, so yoga and treadmill will have to replace some of the walking and hikes. I'm not willing to do anything outside when it is wet and cold. Forget that!
3. I am going to refocus on going to bed earlier again. I feel so much better when I stick to the routine of early to bed and early to rise.
4. Seriously considering getting a daylight lamp. The gray days without any sunshine really get to me. It's probably going to be one of those investments that I will ask... why did I wait so long?
1. Limiting computer time continues to be an issue for me. So I think I will move the computer to a corner of my bedroom (out of the main living area) and see if that helps.
2. I'm going to reduce the tasks I try to accomplish on the computer. No more newsletters because they are lots of work! Fewer blog posts and fewer social media posts, hopefully on a more regular schedule. Simplifying the blog and website hopefully.
3. Cutting back on travel. I love to teach and meet quilters, but the travel is exhausting. I am going to be more careful about how much I schedule and the frequency of the travel.
4. Just like most folks, I got dumped by Craftsy. I guess writing content for their blog for 5 years wasn't enough to get me any special treatment. Oh well, easy come, easy go. I do still have my own website with shop, still thinking about my Etsy options.
Quilt I made for my son David.
Both quilts feature Mammoth flannels and Essex linens.
1. I want to make some quilts just for fun. Not for a book or pattern or publication. Just for fun. I made two quilts for my boys for Christmas and I really enjoyed the whole process.
2. I am going to try some new things on my longarm. Just to explore some options. I'll be travelling to Utah in June to attend the Handi Quilter Academy. So thrilled to be learning more about my longarm.
3. I want to finally learn how to use EQ8, I keep going back to the old version, and I know I'll like the new one if I just take the time to get familiar with it. But that will require more time at the computer which is in direct conflict with #1 above. Ack!
1. I joined an online book club. I'm so excited about all of the suggestions and reviews I now have access to. Who knew there were so many people who are as crazy about reading as I am?
2. I subscribed to a Book Of The Month club. I'm so excited to see what new books I will discover. My gift to myself for the new year!
3. We're making some fun family plans that I know are going to be awesome. I'll share those as they happen. I don't want to give away any info too soon.
4. I've a few projects around the house that are going to be good for the house and good for me. We are getting a custom closet build out for the master closet this month. It will make better use of the space and finally give me enough room for all of my shoes! LOL
I'm really more focused now on transitioning away from the things that aren't working so great and replacing them with things that work better. Just being more intentional overall is the best way I can describe it.
I'm not fooling around with resolutions or goals, just making better choices one by one. It's a kinder gentler way of taking care of myself. I hope you will consider making some kinder choices for yourself this year as well. I would love to hear about them in the comments. We can encourage each other along the way! We all deserve to take better care of ourselves.