Threads of the past, pieces of the future

I’m almost afraid to look back at 2007, and I’m tempted to take a page from Jane Ann’s book and give it the old TGIO* (Thank God it’s Over!) and be done with it. That’s not to say it was all bad (or even half), but I can think of quite a few things that I’d hoped to get done this year that are still waiting in the wings, but honesty compels me to admit that most of the problem is an over abundance of creative thinking!

The tiny look back at the good:

  • Winning an Honorable Mention at the AQS Show in Paducah and Best Machine Quilting at the Fiber Arts Fiesta in Albuquerque for Stars in my Hand
  • Learning more web programming and design, and completing two intensive PHP programming classes
  • Redeveloping the ALSA New Mexico website to do what I can to help the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Having my blog accepted to 9rules

And now a look at the “needs improvement” section:

  • Saying “no” more often (dang, I thought I had that one handled, but I let my guard down and now I’m in a fix or two that are taking up time that could be better spent elsewhere 😦 )
  • Exercising more than my hands, arms and brain (the rest of the body doesn’t move much when I’m quilting or programming or driving my car, which is mostly what I do 😯 )
  • No more Less creative brainstorming (I’m way too good at it, and that over abundance of creative thinking usually gets me in trouble in the “too much to do” department)
  • Being less stressed (hmmm, if I took more care with the three things above, that might alleviate quite a bit of stress right there)

On the creative to-do list in 2008:

  • Finishing The Misery Quilt
  • Starting another show quilt (ideas already generated!)
  • Trying some other creative “revisions” to some older pieces of fabric art
  • Taking more programming classes
  • Launching a major quilting-related website/web application (again, ideas generated, just needs time)
  • Launching a family history-related blog/site (ditto, again)

Whew! I think that’s a good bit of things to do! And I refuse to call any of that “resolutions.” Pfft. Just “things to do,” because it sounds more doable. It is good to think about all of this, because now those “to-dos” are not just floating around in my head with a deadline of someday. If I keep that list in mind the next time my creativity runs away with my brain, maybe I’ll be able to say “no.” Of course, none of that says anything about “the rest of life,” like all the family and kid stuff that did or didn’t happen in 2007, but I’m not even going to get into all that, because on the “needs improvement” list is “less stress.” Less stress in the family and kids department means saying TGIO to all of it for now and moving on.

We spent New Year’s Eve at home like we always do, and watched the fireworks from our upstairs windows with the kids. Now I’m wrapping up a lovely New Year’s Day that I spent quietly programming and quilting, and I didn’t even have to cook dinner because ITMan cooked (okay, I helped a little!). I’m going to go tuck into bed with a good book and finish bidding 2007 goodbye. Happy New Year, all! May it be a peaceful and productive one for you.