You know that thing that’s gone around the last several years –about choosing a one word mantra and making it your focus for the year?
What’s YOUR word?
I talked about mine in our last episode of Quilt-Cam on Dec 28th ---my focus for 2014 is FINISH.
I want to finish things I’ve started. That not only includes quilts, but also other things I’ve set forth to do, whether it is book reading, phone call making – whatever it is that I have been procrastinating about and getting it done.
That word FINISH also comes with a few other Support Words that I can call upon when I need them. Things like
Does it sound like I’m being too hard on myself?
I had a long conversation with my mom last night. She’s been going through a horrible bout of vertigo the past few weeks and has been sick and on her back. And she said while she was stuck on the couch she realized she had to start slowing down, and I laughed – because I KNOW MY MOM.
Where do you think I got this drive and determination in the first place? She was always the one picking up the slack for everyone else, always getting more more more out of her day and filling her life to the brim and she was happy that way.
But at 74 she can’t do what she did at 52….and I see myself in her shoes in another 22 years.
And I’m realizing that you can’t FINISH if you are too divided. You can’t FINISH if there is too much on your plate, more than you can handle.
And maybe with the word FINISH needs to come along with the support word:
And then I look at my calendar all the way through 2018, take a deep breath and laugh, and laugh, and laugh. Balance? Yeah RIGHT!
And then I think of the things that Encourage, Support and Balance me. My family.
This is a photo of Mark and I in Arizona just a few days ago.
How often do we stop to remember that our time here is not guaranteed? We always assume we will grow old together – but will we?
Sunrise over the Blue Ridge this morning ---
All I know is I am given this ONE day. Tomorrow hasn't been granted yet. What will my choices be with this ONE DAY? Will I be so busy FINISHING quilt stuff, that I push my family and friends aside thinking I'll have time for them later?
I so love the moss covered ground and lichen covered trees ---with the sun shining through them. What a gift this day is!
And I know this post has gone kerflunct ---I’ve lost the point I set out to make. But as I sit here tapping away, I’m hearing my own thoughts and words:
YES, Finishing is important, But I feel that I need a phrase rather than just a one word mantra for 2014. FINISHING WITH BALANCE. There needs to be balance. And family comes first and time with friends is important.
Hexie progress so far.
I’ve spent the last couple of cozy evenings with the wood fire burning at the cabin, watching Netflix episodes of Alias and attaching star point #5 to the “Mother Ship”. Star point #6 was started on the plane home from AZ, and you can see I’ve got a long way before it is ready to attach. I love where this quilt is going ---
Finish With Balance. Keep those things that are really important as priority ---and don’t have so much on my plate that there is no way to finish.
Again, what’s YOUR word? Leave me a comment below – I’d love to know where your focus is for 2014!
Oh, and how about Quilt Cam tomorrow night, Monday, Jan 13 at 9pm EST? THIS will fit on my plate, I promise!