January 3, 2009

No Thanks, I'm Driving

No resolutions that is. I was just a pup still when I realized how defeatist oriented making solemn resolutions on the 1st of January was. I'm just human...sometimes this means the strength of Hercules, and sometimes it means the backbone of Popeye's friend J. Wellington Wimpy. I yam what I yam.

I do try to make genuine effort each new day to end it with both myself and the world a better place than I found it upon arising. Some days I actually accomplish it. Most days, having made the effort is the best I can achieve.

I do each year try to add some new skill or knowledge. Some have been utter failures, some have been like finding a gold mine, and have been incorporated in to my on-going life seamlessly. This year's goal is going to be especially difficult. I'm going to take a year and not re-invent the wheel. That won't mean much to you, but I expect it to be a profound change for me and the way I tackle things.

This will be really visible in my quilting. I seldom begin with someone else's pattern or directions, and when I do, I'm almost immediately off on a tangent of changes. Often changes for the sake of changes; I'm uncomfortable being or making a clone. But I have a lot of stunning, exciting, interesting, fun patterns languishing on the shelf...I think this is the year I will make some of them. As instructed. It will no doubt be really good for my character. And probably increase my output exponentially.

Welcome 2009.

Saturday Blessings
Stan the man, the computer fixer will be here tomorrow!
Stan takes partial payment in fresh cookies and divine coffee!
My husband and all my 4 footed family are gathered together safe and warm.
I LOVE my napkins!!


Pieceful Afternoon said...

Now that is a challenge - would be for me too - I like to innovate and get bogged down with regular patterns. Good luck,and I can't wait to see what great things you accomplish.

Sharyn said...

I'm already worried about it Jo...which is a sign it is a good project to tackle :) Thanks for stopping by, Sharyn

Susan said...

I'm really enjoying your blog, Sharyn...I just found it recently and always look forward to checking in to see what you're up to. Today's posting was really very similar to how I feel about my goals.

Numismatist Facts said...

A resolution to not make resolutions?

My quilting has become quite lazy in the last year. Lately I have usually started with the fabric and a block in mind. After that it can go anywhere. I do want to get back to it this year.

By the way, I enjoy your blessings at the end of each post.

Bizarre Quilter said...

Good on you! I like to mix up a little of the projects where I just choose my fabrics with projects that I totally self-design. It eases the brain.

Stitcheries are so good for that.

So, you are "allowing" yourself to make some things on your "one day" list? Congratulations!

Sharyn said...

I don't have a one-day list Loz, I shudder every time I see a mile long list of PIGS someone includes with their UFOs. Talk about a millstone...But I do have books and patterns like all quilters do, and when I clean up a few more projects in progress I'll choose something new. Anticipation! What fun :) Sharyn