Goal Setting

It’s been 4 weeks since we moved into my parents house in the mountains of NC.  Four weeks since I’ve not had to get up to go to work, get up to work on the house, or get up to pack all our personal belongings.  Four weeks to rest, relax, and do whatever I feel like doing that day. It has been a wonderful four weeks that have passed much too quickly.

smoky mountains

I have spent time with family, enjoyed the scenery, slept more than I thought possible, cooked more than I have in years, and taken up painting with acrylics.

moonlit barn

Moonlit Barn – my first painting

I’ve also made a new friend, saw the Independence Day fireworks, sampled some Shepherd’s Pie at the local Taste of Scotland festival, digitized some new embroidery files, supported two benefit breakfast fundraisers, investigated two businesses for sale, attended my mother’s choir concert, and attended the very first meeting of the Smoky Mountain Modern Quilt Guild.

But I feel like I’ve not been very productive.  In one way, I feel like that should be O.K..  I’ve spent 10 years working 60-hours per week on average.  I spent most days racing from one thing to another, fitting in whatever I could between working hours.  And many things just never got done.  After 10 years, I needed to destress and relax some, for both my physical and my mental health.  And that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 4 weeks.

But you know that list of things you keep in your head that you want to do should you have time one day?  That list of things you always dreamed about doing whenever you’re stuck at the office 14-hours and don’t have time to do anything other than work that day?  Well, that one day is here and I don’t know what to do.  Shouldn’t I be doing and marking things off that list?  I think I should be.  But, what were those things/items/goals on my list again?

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Goals are very important in both your personal and professional life.  Without goals, it’s too easy to wander around with no clear direction.  So, before another month gets past me, I think I should set some goals just for the remainder of July.  I’ll be sure to include plenty of rest and relaxation, but other things I would like to accomplish during the month of July are:

  • Hike to a waterfall
  • Visit the Scottish Tartan museum
  • Finish my current painting in progress (PHD – project half done)
  • Finish truck quilt (top done)
  • Plant Zucchini
  • Attend Pickin’ on the Square downtown
  • Practice 3 new FMQ patterns
  • Design a new quilt (any size)
  • Finish one crochet blanket (PHD)
  • Finish baby bibs (PHD) (coming soon)

And quilting goals for 3rd quarter (past July)…

  • Finish Lone Star quilt for my son (top almost done) (70×90)
  • Start and finish quilt for TMQG Spoonflower Challenge (6 Fat-8ths to work with)
  • Finish small lone star wall hanging
  • Finish quilt for Quilts of Valor (very old UFO)

I’m sure there is more I would like to accomplish in the next few weeks/months, but I need to be realistic in the goals I set as well.  So, this will do me for now.

Do you have goals that you set each day/week/month/year?  Do you write them down, or does the list reside only in your brain?  I know I need to get better at writing things down so that when I do have extra time here and there,  I’m not sitting around wandering what to do.  Historically, I tend to be much more productive if I have a game plan instead of trying to wing-it on a daily basis.  Does it work that way for you too?

Linking up with Adrianne at One The Windy Side for 2015 Finish Along Q3.

Finally, Back To The Sewing Room

Finally, I am back to sewing.  We have spent months rehabilitating the house and packing all our worldly possessions.  Well, all our worldly possessions that were left after a dozen or more trips to the dump and as many trips to the donation center.  Of course, I kept all my beautiful fabric; although it is all packed up and in storage.  🙂

We have moved to the mountains of NC and arrived this past Saturday night.  We are living with my parent temporarily until our house sells, so technically we still have to move one more time.  The house is not on the market yet, but hopefully we’ll have it listed by July 1.  We have some workers in to finish things we couldn’t do so that is what we are waiting on now.  Aren’t these mountains just gorgeous?  We’ve been driving around exploring the area and at every turn we see more beautiful scenery and are just in awe of God’s majestic handiwork.

smoky mountains

I have been able to set up a little sewing area in the downstairs bonus room at my parents house, and I’m so happy to be back to my sewing machine.  We were apart for such a long time.  I brought a large plastic bin of WIPs with me and my goal is to get them finished while we are here.  And, if by some miracle I get them all finished, I have another large plastic bin of WIPs waiting for me in storage.  And if they all get magically done, there is a smaller bin of WIPs.  The amount of WIPs I have is staggering, but hopefully I’ll get many of them knocked out in the next several months.

You may recall the lone star I started in January.  This is the first WIP I plan to finish.  I just picked it up this afternoon and am busy piecing each of the 8 panels together.  It’s going together rather easily, so hopefully I’ll have a finished project to share with you in the next week or so.  We’ll see.  Usually the timing of my goals are a little unrealistic.

lone star for Michael

And, I’ve picked up another hobby.  I know, I know… I don’t have enough time to focus on the hobbies I do have, but I wanted to spend some quality time with my dad.  He’s been taking painting lessons for several years from an art teacher in the area, so I thought that would be a good way for us to spend some time together.  I’ve tried my hand at painting 3-4 times in the past 10 years or so and always enjoyed it, although it was never something I felt I could continue on my on.  So I went yesterday with him to his painting class and started a landscape.  It’s about 1/2 way finished, and I’m very pleased with it so far.  Tomorrow afternoon we go again, and I hope to finish it then.  Then I have plans for another painting that I plan to start next week.  I’m really excited about it.

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So, I want to know… how many WIPs do you have?  Please tell me that I’m not alone in having too many to count.  I really haven’t counted, but if I had to guess, I would guess I have 30-40, and the true figure is probably even higher.  Oh, that sounds just awful.  LOL.  What about you?

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.