Happy 2016 everyone! Here it is – that time of year for resolutions, diets, and year-end-round-up photo collages. (Which I happen to really love seeing.) As always, it’s fun to look back on the year past and reflect on what’s been learned and accomplished. Toward the beginning of last year, I was inspired by a friend to make a spread-sheet of all of my projects, including all of the on-going WIPS (works-in-progress)…
I’m happy to say, that spread-sheet made a difference! While I didn’t knock-out all of my old WIPS, it was good to get a visual list of all of them and I definitely made a dent in finishing a bunch of them. It also helped me keep track of all the projects I finished this year – I think it’s the first time I’ve ever had a count and I’m a little blown away.
I highly recommend making a list – just the act of counting and writing them down helped motivate me to pull out a bunch and finish them. I even wrote down projects that weren’t started, but I already had fabric for. Helped me remember not to buy more fabric. 😉
After the final count I finished 26 projects this year. Some were baby size quilts. Not all of them were start-to-finish-projects. A bunch of them were some of those WIPs that just needed borders, or backs, or to be quilted, etc. That feels so good! That said, I also started a bunch of new WIPS… time to start a new spreadsheet. (Also, keep in mind, that I generally do not quilt my own quilts, – someone else does that for me – so that definitely pushes the number up too.)
To find out more about the quilts in the collages above, you can find the projects and links to the posts, on my Quilts I’ve Made pinboard.
Another thing I’m feeling proud of in 2015 is that I decided to start making my health a priority. I started attending a regular Barre class that has made a huge difference. I’m rediscovering muscles that I thought had atrophied for good. I also decided I really like hiking – especially when I can go with my husband who has been an avid hiker for years. I love it equally as much for the exercise as I do for the way that being in the quiet of the mountains helps me clear my head. I didn’t realize how much I needed it!
Both things definitely cut into my sewing time, but it’s a good thing and I feel so much better for it. My goal for this year in that regard is to work on eliminating sugar. Wish. Me. Luck. Because I know I’m going to need it. But I’m feeling motivated – I know I’ll feel so much better for it.
I’m looking forward to seeing what 2016 has in store! Each year I’m amazed by the opportunities that come along. I’m so excited to teach at Winter Quiltfest in a few weeks and attend QuiltCon for the first time. There are other plans and projects happening behind the scenes that I’m looking forward to sharing over the coming weeks and months.
Thank you again for all of the kind words of encouragement here – heck, just for stopping by in the first place. Best wishes with your own plans and goals for the coming year! Bring it on, 2016.