Thursday, 28 December 2017

Goal Setting for 2018



     The last 7 months of 2017 were really difficult for me so when I reviewed my 2017 goals I found it ironic that my overarching goal was to have more fun.  It's a good thing I have a sense of humour!
      I thought I would reflect a little on the good things that I can remember from this year.  The best thing that happened in 2017 was that Elisha (rhymes with Elija) Luke was born and he is the happiest baby.  He laughs and smiles almost all the time and he brings me lots of joy, as does his older brother Gabriel. I did a lot of babysitting this year and looking after my grand kids was a lot of fun.  I also had a blast at Quilt Con way back in February.  Throughout the year I kept a gratitude journal so I could remember to focus energy on the small good things that occurred.
     I wasn't able to  make it to the Christmas party at my work but I do know that they had a quizz with prizes and one question was "Which employee would you be most likely to come across dancing in the store aisles".  The answer to that question my friends was yours truly.  I do love to dance so I think my overarching goal this year will be to keep dancing through life...the good, the bad, the ugly.

     Here are the goals.  They are very similar to last years goals.  I will continue to be busy with chairing the community outreach committee of my local guild and with my grand kids so I know that what I can accomplish is limited.

Quilting Goals
1.  Continue playing with colour and fabric and quilting techniques like improv and maybe some bias strips. Step one for this goal will to be to set aside a time each week to focus on this kind of play.  I've got some ideas I'd like to play with and I love this type of work so it needs space. 
2.   Continue to work on free motion and walking foot quilting techniques.  I'm planning on joining Jess of Quilty Habit in her FMQ QAL.  I'm not sure if I'll do a quilt as you go, or just work on the assignments.
3.  Complete at least three of my Craftsy Classes.  Since most of these are quilting classes, this will help me to work on goal number 2. as well.
6.  Complete at least 6 quilts. I've got two baby quilts to finish and I will be making a wedding quilt as well.

Blogging Goals
1.  Continue to aim for 2 posts a week.  This is a big goal given that I didn't manage even one a week last year. But my life circumstances have changed somewhat so it might be do able.
2.  Share more of the community outreach work on the blog. That should help with the goal 1 for this section.

Personal Goals
1.  Spend time with my sister doing fun things.
2.  Go to the Art Gallery in Toronto more often
3.  Figure out some better cooking, cleaning and eating strategies.
4.  Get back to daily goal setting and reflection.

      As usual I'm linking up with Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl for her 2018 Planning Party.  Oh yes, and I would love an accountability partner if anyone is up for it.



Melanie said...

I hope you are able to meet your goals!!! Lots of baby cuddling is the best!!! I'm sure your grandkids love being with you!

Sandra Walker said...

Love the mental image of you dancing in the aisles! Always good to lighten up in life right?! Grandkids are the very best; glad you have yours to brighten your days; wish mine wasn't so far away. I should write that as a sub-goal to finish my Craftsy classes...

Pamela said...

Great goals! I'll be watching as you accomplish them.

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

It makes me so happy that you were the employee most likely to be found dancing in the aisles! I can just picture that. I hope that you can find a good balance and feel at peace with 2018. Thank you so much for linking up and I'll be happily following along to see what you create next year.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

Love your FMQ and Craftsy goals, I know exactly where you are coming from there and I’ll be watching for your progress. Now I have a picture in my head of you dancing in the aisles, and you are laughing your head off, a sign of better days to come. Keep dancing, keep smiling, keep quilting:-)

Louise said...

I hope 2018 is much better for you. Sounds like grandkids are a real spark of light in your life, and that's so wonderful! I've been enjoying seeing your quilty projects and look forward to more :)

piecefulwendy said...

I'm smiling at the thought of you dancing in the aisles! I hope 2018 is a far better year for you. You have some great goals in mind for next year. I look forward to seeing some of your projects!

Cheryl said...

Great goals for 2018, I look forward to seeing what you create!

Shasta Matova said...

I am so sorry that so much of 2017 was difficult for you, and glad that those circumstances are changing for the better. I hope you get to dance in the aisles every day in 2018!

Kaja said...

If I ever get grands I will quite happily see my sewing time reduced - must be the best distraction. Good luck, though, with hitting your goals in 2018, dancing through life seems such a great place to start.

Preeti said...

Two posts a week - well, I will be reading a lot more of them. Babies grow up quickly and then turn into monstrous teenagers with their attitudes, eye-rolls and devices. Enjoy them while you can. The quilting/blogging will always be. Glad to have you back and a very happy new year to you.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Those are all great goals. Here's to a wonderful 2018.

Nicole said...

You can do it! It sounds like you have lots of self awareness, which helps. Good luck!