As I sit down to write this post, it seems like I have a lot of plans/resolutions/things I want to get done in this new year floating around in my head. It’ll be nice to get them written down on digital ‘paper’ to keep them straight. One problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that I never keep them. (Actually, I have kept 1 resolution in my whole life. One year I resolved to not eat chocolate the whole year. And I kept it! With the exception of a chocolate chip cookie I ate in the first week because I forgot, but I didn’t count that.)
I think the main problem is that either I forget what they were, I don’t have anyone to stay accountable to, or I just lose my motivation. SO, I’m thinking I’m going to make an extra tab at the top of my blog here, and keep my Resolution/New Year To Do List there. That way I’ll see the tab every time I’m on here, it’ll remind me, and I’ll be accountable to anyone who reads it. Then maybe I can even add little updates throughout the year, because nothing thrills me more than a checklist. Honestly. There’s something so satisfying about marking something done off a list. So here’s what I’ve got so far. These are in no particular order, they’re just getting typed as I grab them out of my head…
1. I seriously need to get healthy. Yes, everyone wants to lost weight. Including my mother who is the skinniest person I know. Actually my grandmother is the skinniest person I know, but my Mom is second. But I digress. However, more than anything, I just want to feel healthy. I’m not necessarily overweight, but I am out of shape. So I resolve to start working out and eating better. I’m not going to set a certain number of times a week or anything, but just in general, work out and eat healthy, and if I can lose 15-20 pounds while doing it, that’s even better. Which leads to…
2. No more caffeine. This is probably going to be the hardest thing on my list. I’m addicted to caffeine. There have been times in my life when I was caffeine free, so I know I can do it, the problem is I just don’t want to that bad. I know I need to, but that doesn’t make it any easier. I have gained several pounds since I began my daily 1-2, sometimes 3 diet cokes/Pepsi’s a day, but more importantly, it gives me headaches and migraines, and it makes my heart act up, which is very scary. So no more.
3. SummerSadie is kind of an idea I came up with in April when I started blogging. Right now it’s just a blog, written by a girl with a lot of ideas. Someday I would like to turn it into a ‘creative outlet’ business. In 10 years time I’d like to be along the lines of Alicia Paulson/Pat Sloan. By the time I die, I’d like to be something like Amy Butler/Anna Maria Horner, assuming I die a very old lady. So, I’d like to make SummerSadie a little more professional this year. I’d like to develop a nice logo, and I’d like to get some business or moo cards, and some sort of other business paraphernalia to include in products, like stickers, inserts, or something. Which also goes along with…
4. I’ve had an etsy site since April, but so far I’ve only bought things with it. 🙂 I’m going to list some items on etsy this year, and my goal is to sell at least 1 thing (gotta start somewhere, right?) I’ve got some ideas for some things I’d like to make/list, and ideally I’d like to list one new product each month. That may not happen, and it might end up being a new product every 2 or 3 months, but every month would be my goal. Although January is looking dicey, seeing as how I’m really going to have to sit down and brainstorm in the first month, products might not drop until February.
5. The last couple of years I’ve really spent all my time quilting. But I have a ton of loves and interests. So in 2009 I’d like to have a little more variety. I love to cross-stitch, and I’d like to do some more of that. I started some neat projects a couple of years ago, but it’s been since then I’ve done any of it. I also used to do a ton of scrapbooking, and want to get back into that. I also love putting together puzzles, then I glue and frame them. There’s this really cute puzzle I’ve had for at least a year that would look so cute on my sewing room wall, and I want to finally put it together. I also need to finish about 3 pincushions. So just be less one-track, and be more well-rounded in my crafty endeavors.
6. Learn to knit.
7. In the past I’ve done new quilt patterns that I’ve found and jumped out at me. This year, I want to focus on some more traditional/antique patterns. I’d like to do a lonestar, tumbling blocks, grandmother’s flower garden, and depression square. I’d also like to do a color wheel quilt, and finish up all the incomplete quilting projects from this year and years past. Yes, I have one quilt top that has been left undone for about 10 years without being completed. I want to finish it this year.
8. I want to go to New York City and see the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
9. I want to design my own quilt.
10. And one last one to round out a top 10. I want to take time out to breathe, slow down and enjoy life more, and always count my blessings and be thankful for the little things in life that often get overlooked.
Okay, and there’s a #11, but it’s a secret wish. I can’t say it out loud or it won’t come true. Or is that just for birthday wishes? Must be just for birthday wishes. Okay, I’m going to whisper it, so listen really closely. It’s…
I had a great New Year’s Eve last night night filled with lots of food, lots of family, and lots of fun. You can’t ask for much more than that. A great start to a great new year. And may all of you have a blessed 2009 as well.