I’m not sure where July went, and I’ll probably be saying that about August in another month. This summer has been busy!
Here’s my latest updates on my 11 things to do this year:
1. Faithfully keep a daily diary
Still haven’t missed a day. Still haven’t ceased to be boring. But I went back and read some of the previous entries, and they do serve to remind me of things, which is OK, I guess.
2. Finish 100 (quilting or sewing-related) projects this year
I’m up to 17 finished projects now. I had a little spurt of finishing things, which gave me more of a boost than usual. I’m still way behind. We DO all realize it’s August, right?
3. Get my studio whipped into shape (be more organized)
As much progress as I was making before, I really surpassed my own expectations this month. I still don’t have pictures because I’m still not ready to post about it, but I’ve done a lot of rearranging. My daughter moved, and gave me a bunch of storage items and furniture, which I’ve put to good use in the studio. I may finally be on my way to getting organized once and for all.
4. Make major improvements to the ranch shack
I made a little progress, and a few decisions. Now to find time to execute them. It’s been too hot to work too hard . . . I’ll see what happens in the next month.
5. Ride my horse more
I could have gone riding, and the one day I decided I’d buck up and do it, I went out to get her, and she had injured her foot. So no riding until her foot is all healed. I think she does that stuff on purpose . . .
6. Pay more attention to my health
Still no formal exercise. It’s too bad quilting isn’t an aerobic activity. I’d be in excellent shape if it were! As it is, I’m doing OK on eating, but I just can’t make myself get on the treadmill . . . ugh!
7. Establish some routines (personal and work-related)
I’m doing better all the time on my schedule. I still cram it way too full most days, but turning it into a game for myself still works, and I try to do better each week than I did the week before, which is a little added motivation to stick to the schedule. I try to be flexible when other things crop up, too. Sometimes those things just make me mad. I’m trying to be calm about all the interruptions, but sometimes it’s hard . . .
8. Decrease my fabric stash
I’m up to having used over 70 yards! I wanted to be to 100 by mid-year, so I’m a little behind on it, but we’ll see what happens. You can see the reports HERE.
9. Decrease my number of UFOs
Another 5 scratched off the list. I got on a bit of a finishing bender, and it really helped to knock off a few little things I needed to finish. I just realized, however, that I haven’t been counting the ones I’m starting as I go along, so my total number probably hasn’t changed as much as I think. I still don’t really want to know the total number just yet. I’m putting that off for awhile longer . . .
10. Get back to work on competition quilting
OK — the area I was all excited about setting up before? Ditched it, and made it even better because of some of the furniture my daughter gave me. It’s really great now. I just have to sit down and get started. Procrastination is an ugly disease . . .
11. Cultivate my creativity
I’ve been drawing, doodling, sketching, and dreaming, and loving it all. So many ideas, so little time! But with every step toward being more organized I take, all these ideas fall together a bit more. All these things will eventually work together, and one of these days, I’ll make some great things! You’ll just have to check back to see what they are!