Friday, July 22, 2016

#2106 Mid Year Review

At the end of December last year I set out some resolutions, and now it is time to see how I am doing with them. I always wish I were doing better, but to be honest, I'm ok where I am right now. It has been a very hard year so far, and although I'm not as far along on things as I would like, I have made some progress so that is good. But here is the list I made and where I am on each item.

1. Use More/Buy Less - I was doing really good with this one until the last month or so. I don't think I purchased any fabric before May of this year. I did win a couple of giveaways, but no purchases. Then I fell off the wagon hard. In May I bought fabric for a quilt for Mecca and then in July Sharla and I have bought lots of fabric with money we saved in the Piggy Bank challenge and then we found a stash we made doing a garage sale 2 years ago and we bought more fabric with it. But we've tightened our belts again, and hope not to purchase anything else unless it is used to complete a quilt.

2. Quilt for Others - I'm quite happy with my progress on this one. I've bought fabric to do a quilt for Mecca and Tom, it will be my first king sized quilt. I also had everyone in my two bees this year make blocks for a quilt for Cole. So that is two quilts for others that are in the works. I also have Callie's and Beau's wedding quilt working as well. So I'm making progress, slow but progress. I have Mecca's quilt laid out in EQ7 because I wanted a guide to look at as I pieced. It is the Courtyard Tiles pattern I bought in May and the fabric is Bread n Butter by American Jane.
3. Balance/Organization - I still struggle with with one. I want to do it all, but often end up getting nothing done. I am still working on this one and will most likely continue to work on it forever. But the important thing is that if I'm working on it, then I'm at least trying to be balanced.

4. Stop Comparing Myself to Others - I'm doing better with this one. I still have moments where I get down because I've not gotten as much done as someone else, but they are fewer and farther between. Instead of being down because I've not gotten as much accomplished as I might want, I'm excited to see what others have done. And if I am having a down day, then I just don't read the blogs, that way I don't get further down. Have I stopped completely, no, but I'm better and that is good enough.

5. Keep Moving Forward - This one is hard to quantify, but I am saying I'm doing it. Earlier this year I had (and to some extent still do) some pretty terrible knee pain. I ended up getting not 1 but 2 injections in each knee. But I didn't let it totally sideline me. I may not have gotten as much done, but I have gotten some things done, so that is progress. I maybe moving forward at a snails pace, but for me movement is movement.

Over all it I've been doing ok this year, but as always I want to do better. With everything that has happened this year, there are days when I don't even want to get out of bed, but I do. So I'm going to continue working on my list and hopefully at the end of the year I will have even more progress to show. I will be linking up at Quilting Jetgirl today.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing how your year is going so far and linking up. I think you are doing well on your goals, and I especially resonate with the goals of balance and not comparing. I think if those are focal points that everything else sort itself out. And the year isn't over yet! I love seeing your updates and progress and am happy that you are feeling better now than you were earlier this year. :)

  2. I think you're doing a great job with your goals. We can't always follow them exactly, but you're making progress, so that's success.

  3. Hi Shauna: Goals three and four really resonate with me as those are things I struggle with as well. Maybe we all do. I can also understand the feeling of not wanting to get out of bed as I have had that feeling in the past as well....I'm so glad that you are getting out of bed and working your way through. Good luck continuing with working towards your goals.

  4. I love the pattern you have chosen. It is beautiful, and tiles like that seem extremely appropriate for someone called Mecca.
    The trick to #4 is self-delusion. When I compare myself with others, I think I am a rockstar! (See. Delusion is the key. I do not let facts or reality get in my way. I also sew because I enjoy the process of quietly making stuff, regardless of the end result, while hubby watches crap TV. :)) If it helps, I think what you create is amazing.

  5. Self reflection is such a good thing. It sounds like overall you are going really well toward success with your goals. I am super impressed that you went 5 months without purchasing any new fabric. I think that deserves a huge pat on the back.

  6. Some really great points you make. Reading your post is uplifting. Your quilts are so pretty. Hoping your health improves. Now following your blog via Bloglovin' (GFC is not working).

  7. Quite a few of your goals hit home with me. I struggled this year with getting balance and wanting to do too much too. People think you have lots of patience as a quilter, I think I have lots of stubborness and determination to get to the finish but patience I need to work on and being patient with myself is part of it! Hope the knees feel better soon.


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