Monday, January 8, 2018

Goodbye 2017...Hello 2018

I know ya'll have probably been wondering what the heck happened. I just dropped off the blogging world without any notice. Well let's just say 2017 was not my favorite year ever, ok it wasn't the worst year of my life but it also wasn't the best.  Lots and lots of things broke around my house last year...frig, dryer, hot water heater, garage door, computer, TV, kitchen faucet and car, which meant I had little money to buy my favorite thing fabric. But even worse I just lost my mojo.

I think the real problem was I was comparing myself to all the wonderful bloggers I follow. Seeing how much they were accomplishing and me getting little done and I let it get to me. And then I joined the 100 Days of Tula Pink challenge and it really kicked my butt. I loved it, don't get me wrong, but having to post something every day for 100 days was just pressure that I didn't need.  I found myself not wanting to write my blog, read other blogs or even sew.

Now I've not been to a doctor, but in my opinion I think I was just depressed, in a blue mood, funked out...I could call it a hundred other names but it all is the same. I found I didn't want to do anything, I was late on bee blocks for the first time, because I just couldn't get the "umph" to do them. And that made it worse, because I felt I was letting people down.

I decided I needed a little break, and I really only planned to stop for about a month. I thought that would give me time to refresh my batteries and get going again. But it has been over 6 months. I have thought many times about writing, but to be honest I wasn't sure what to say.

So I didn't write. I just stayed in my funk. The really funny thing is I missed writing. I just didn't miss the pressure to write. So over the holidays I did some thinking and I had to make a decision. Do I want to continue to blog? And I decided yes. But I'm not going to pressure myself to have a certain number of posts a week, I'm not going to pressure myself to finish X amount of projects this year. I'm just going to have fun with it.

So in that vein I picked a word for 2018...ok I actually picked 3. I read a cool blog post about selecting the word of the year and the author actually selects three words. Which I thought was a good idea, because it allows you to focus on more than one thing and for my crazy brain, that sometimes helps. I'm sure you are curious about the words I chose.

Move - I have to move more, plain and simple. My knees are giving me lots of grief, but I can't let that stop me from moving. I drive 100 miles 5 days a week, and work at a computer for 8 hours a day, so that means I sit a lot. I have to find ways to work in moving more. I'm not just saying this like it is magically going to happen, we have already bought an exercise bike and now I just have to make myself use it daily.

Stash - This word has double meaning for me this year. The first is after the expensive year we had last year, I want to stash away my savings. I want to re-exam my budget and find ways to save money. This leads to the second meaning to the word. I have enough fabric to sew for years and not buy any, so that is what I want to do. I want to use more of what I have and not buy new. I did not sign up for any bee's this year, so I shouldn't have to buy for others. There is one exception I'm giving myself and that is there will be a new baby in my family this year, and if I have to buy fabric to make a quilt for him/her then that is ok. Other than that I'm ignoring sales (as much as I can), and trying to use what I have.

Grace - I recently saw a video on facebook where women were talking about the mean things they say to themselves. Things they would never say to anyone else, but they say to themselves on a regular basis. And I realized that I do that to myself all the time. I am never good enough, and if I do something good and someone says so, in my head I stay they don't know about all the times I suck. So this year my goal is to be kinder to myself, and also to be kinder to others. I need to cut myself and others some slack. I know this one is going to be hard for me, but in the long run, it will probably have the best results.

Ok so I'm starting off 2018 with three words to focus on and hopefully master by the end of the year. I don't know where 2018 is going to lead me, but I'm hoping somewhere fun. I've already been working on grace for myself and I've decided that I'm not going to push myself to complete specific project, I'm going to let things flow more naturally. So I'm not sure I will be posting every week, but I hope to post more often than once every six months.

And since I hate blog posts without photos, here is a photo of the last project I did. It is much further along now, but I will save that for later (because I don't have pictures of it yet.


  1. I like your 3 words ... I should follow suit! I’ve also got a bottomless stash, which I’m trying to shrink by using it for backings. Whatever the quilt, I’ve got something that will work on the back. That means some piecing, but it does use up some yardage. Now, if I can just quit “surfing” others people’s quilts and ideas, and put my butt in my sewing chair, I might get some quilts made, LOL! Have a great year!

  2. So happy to see your post! That's a lot of things breaking in one year. I've cut way back on my fabric purchases. Now if I could just get motivated to get piecing more. Happy New Year, and hope it is much easier than the last one. :)

  3. I find that three words/goals works so much better for me than restrictive lists. Last year I really pushed myself to focus on self-care and having some grace for myself. It worked wonders for my mind! I gave myself some free reign last year to buy some more fabric, so I'm hoping to 'work off' some of those purchases that are lingering on my shelf. :) I wish you the best this year and hope your goals help you become who you strive to be this year!

  4. I definitely missed you, Shauna, and I am glad that you decided to keep blogging. I hope that you are able to give yourself a lot of grace and find a more peaceful 2018.

  5. Welcome back - so good to hear from you! I can understand how last year was overwhelming and expensive. I hope 2018 brings you the refreshment and relaxed approach to blogging that you're looking for.

  6. Glad to see you are back. I sometimes feel as you feel, but just know that I'll find my way back to quilting and creating.

  7. Sorry to hear that, but am glad that you are feeling better. Those are great words. I wish you success in achieving your goals. I was thinking about you just before Christmas, but unfortunately, I got sick at Christmas and forgot to send you an e-mail to check up on you. We are all different, and you should not compare yourself to anyone else. Be You. Do You. ☺

  8. Cheers to a more balanced 2018. There are things that happen in our life that we cannot control but the things that we can, we must. Do what you feel passion for, no pressure and enjoy your journey.

  9. I hope 2018 is going to lead you somewhere fun too, Shauna. Like you, I found 2017 a bit overwhelming. I barely read blogs and struggled to find time to make much to share. Here's to a less ugh year for both of us.

  10. I was very glad to see your post, I was wondering about you just the other day. As you can see, I'm way behind on my blog reading. So sorry the end of 2017 was so hard. You've got a great mind set to start with for 2018. Wishing you a grace-filled year.

  11. You are certainly not alone in feeling all those emotions. So glad you find inspiration in blogging again...a break is often rejuvenating and we are glad you are back!! I sure do love the colors of your new project.


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