One of my favorite books is Today Matters by John Maxwell. A couple of quotes that really spoke to me were:
“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leavings things undone. The wisdom of life consists of the elimination of nonessentials.” - Chinese author and philosopher Lin Yutang
“He is a wise man who wastes no energy on pursuits for which he is not fitted; and he is wider still who from among the things he can do well, chooses and resolutely follows the best.” – British prime minister William Gladstone
I started 2013 with the idea of focus. I had spent so many years following different fads and trying this and that (scrapbooking, rubber stamping, card making, soap making, mosaics, knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting). I ended up with a few really nice projects but I also ended up with a lot of unused craft supplies, unfinished projects, and mega guilt. I sold what I could and when we moved in 2011 and I boxed up what was left, I determined that I would eventually find a use for everything. I’m still working on that.
It did give me the desire to figure out what I really love doing. For me, what brings me the most happiness is my family, home, and friends. To that end, what I love to do is to create things will benefit my family, home, and friends. Making quilts to keep my loved ones warm and cozy is my first love. We have quilts in every room to snuggle under and I’m trying to work my way through our extended family to eventually make everyone a quilt. I love making pretty bags to keep things in and to give as gifts. I love making things for around my home to make it more beautiful. I also love to crochet and knit – afghans, scarves, and hats. I like things I can work on while hanging out with my family watching TV and knitting, crochet and embroidery fit the bill. I love bright, beautiful fabric.
Cooking is my other big love. I love good food and I love making good and (mostly) healthy things for my family to eat. I love to make things from scratch or figure out how to recreate something we ate at a restaurant or somewhere else. I love trying new recipes and foods. I love Texas food and Tex-Mex. I love Italian. Let’s face it… I love food and as much as possible, I want to be in control of what ingredients are in the food I serve my family.
Once I defined what I love doing the most, focus became easy. If it doesn’t fit into the above…. I skip it. I may forever be a student in each of these arts but through focus I’ve built my skills in these areas and I’m looking forward to what I can learn this year!
Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming. — John Wooden
For 2014, my focus is consistency and follow-through.
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.” -Carl Rogers
“Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.” – John Maxwell
Consistently working on my craft and growing my skills. Consistently learning. Consistently blogging. Consistently teaching and sharing what I learn. And continuing to consistently follow-through each project and finish it.
Even though we had quite a few hiccups and life events this year, I finished the year pretty strong. I made gifts for everyone this Christmas and consistently sewed. I still have one package to be delivered but I can share the rest of the Christmas projects I made.
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