While journaling and thinking about my word...PEACE...I ended up writing down several intentions for 2014. Part of the class dealt with evaluating, in a pie like format, the various aspects of life...work, style, creativity, dreams, do-gooding, nesting, self-care and mindfulness. The idea is that some of the areas may be less than others and that those are the areas where you should concentrate your efforts for improvement.
I explored my feelings and decided to set my intentions for 2014 using a few of those areas in which I would like peace, not necessarily where I wanted to improve.
The first one was self-care. As I wrote about what I wanted for myself this year I kept coming back to the word peace. There is a big part my life right now that isn't peaceful. These "parts" are out of my control despite how much they seem to control my life. I think that attaining peace will require me to take the control back. Taking control will require me to be more focused and centered. My plan is to do more yoga, more quilting, more trips to the mountains and more of the other things that reduce my stress and will hopefully bring some peace to my life.
My next goal deals with nesting...or home life. I am going to focus on my Hubby this year and have asked that he focus on me. We are both very busy and sometimes it seems that we see very little of each other. We have agreed to meet (seems formal, doesn't it...but it really isn't) the first Sunday morning of the month for some planning...putting things on the calendar that we can do together that month. For the month of January, we are having a breakfast out, a dinner out and going to a movie over the course of the month. Considering our work lives...this is an accomplishment! I am really looking forward to this time with my Hubby.
Next up is work life. My intention here is simple. Growth. I want to be better at what I do. But this isn't a work blog, it is a quilting blog so moving on.
So what is my creative intention for 2014. Improve. Improve my skills by completing my UFOs. Ideally this means that I wouldn't start any new projects but alas I don't think that's possible...do you? :) I am going to try (I did say try) to focus my efforts toward those projects that I have already found worthy of my time. Working on those projects will improve my skills as a quilter and hopefully then I can attempt more challenges in the future.
Quilting, crocheting and knitting also contribute to my sense of peace. They take the focus from the not so peaceful things and puts it on the task at hand. Even when I am exhausted from sewing, my stress level is way down.
So to sum it up...PEACE, FOCUS, GROWTH, IMPROVE...Embrace 2014!
The pics in the post are from our trip to the mountains this weekend. I took a bunch more but I will wait to share them at a later time. We stayed at a great little place that you should consider if you are heading to Ashe County, NC. New River Inn and Cottages.
In the Quilt Room over the next week, I hope I can catalog some of my UFOs and come up with a plan to finish them. Some are really close to being complete while for others I have the fabric and a plan...just need to get started.