Motivation in the new year

So at the beginning of the year, I usually take stock of the stitching and plan what to do and I have some projects lined up to finish quick, as motivation for the rest of the year.  This year, I had a new start planned and that didn’t work out as well as I thought it would.  So here we are on the 15th of the month and I’ve stitched a total of 1 hour.    That means I have a lot of catching up to do to stay on track.  The goal is to put 5 hours in on every project on my list which mean I have 14 hours of stitching on 3 projects to finish before the end of the month.

Some people would feel pressure and decide it wasn’t worth it.  To me, it’s a challenge.  It would be fun to just hang out Saturday and stitch this weekend.  Except its SharePoint Saturday and I’m looking for connections to find a new job.   However, I have a TV and Netflix in my sewing room now and  a DH who isn’t home on Thursdays anymore.  I’ll get my 14 hours in before the end of the month.  There are a few projects I could finish in under 5 hours so maybe I don’t really need a full 14 hours.

I can do this – it will be worth it.

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End of July, Start of August Pony Update

So I actually started Summer this month which means all 4 ponies are really in progress. With Summer, I did enough of the center to get me to the upper left corner and I’m going to work upper left and across. Much in the opposite way I’ve been working on Winter. I have decided to stick with the 10 hour blocks with 5 hours on Winter in between the rotation. I have 4.65 hours to put in on Summer before putting Winter back on the stand and I’m really anxious to get the next 5 hours in on Winter.

The question I do have though is should Winter also get a 10 hour slot in addition to the 5 hour focus slot in between the others. I’m not sure I could put a full 20 hours in on it without hating it though. We’ll see what happens after the 10 hours on Fall which is coming up in 9.65 hours.

>Setting Goals for the New Year….

>I don’t like New Year’s resolutions but I do like taking time each quarter to review my goals and see where I am. 2010 was the year of survival mode. I don’t think I really did much in the way of goals beyond living day to day and just surviving.

So now that I have some breathing space, it’s time to look around and figure out what direction to go and what steps to take to get there.
I have hobby goals for this year –
1. One thread a day in the carousel horses – more if time permits.
So now to look at other areas –
Environmental – 15 to 20 minutes of house cleaning every day after work. Try to get rest of the family to join in.
Financial – Continue to work on the Debt Snowball.
Social – Blog at least once a week. Try to meet at least one new person a week.
Physical – no more elevators – It’s only 4 flights up to work, even that much exercise will make a difference, Get back to a dance class.
Spiritual – read at least 15 minutes of holy writ (not just my religion but others as well), spend some time each week listening to silence.
Academic – read at least one classic from the great classics on my Nookcolor or on my shelf each month
Sounds ambitious but do-able.