Guideposts for 2020
I am not one to make resolutions when a new year rolls around. This year was no different in that regard. I do however use some guideposts in making choices. These guiding words have been a filter through which my choices pass through this year. To not follow these would mean I would a) have a lot more UFOs in my closets, b) I’d be buying unnecessary things, and c) I would be suffering consequences of some less than beneficial choices. Let me explain.
O – Order!
C – Consistency!
D – Discipline!
Did you notice that the acronym is OCD?? My daughter laughed at that because if there’s one thing I’m NOT, it’s OCD. I can handle some chaos as long as someone doesn’t mess with my chaos (aka mess). I may drop something but I know where I put it so please don’t touch it or move anything! However, those messes can stress other people out, hence my attempt at bringing order to my world.
Consistency – This applies to every area of my life but I’ll address my quilting world here. I am working hard at consistently applying myself to my quilting work with a goal to doing “x” many quilts a day. This consistency will benefit my bottom line so it pays to apply this one. It also applies to my sewing projects. I do maintain flexibility on the hours I choose to work but as long as I’m doing this daily it’s working for me.
I have signed up for some long term quilting projects. One is called the 365 Day Challenge and this means a new quilt block every day. And NO I haven’t kept up. In fact I’m through to April ….. of 2019. So I’m ahead for 2020 but truthfully started last January. I’m also doing another quilt by the same designer called Aves and it’s a weekly block. You must be wondering why on earth I signed up for these. Well, they are skill building…AND I’m one of those people who likes teeny tiny blocks. And I get bored easily so the variety is something that keeps me enthused. If I’m consistently working on these projects they will be done and not relegated to the UFO pile. So far I’m sticking to them. Not daily, not weekly but consistently moving forward so i count that as success.
Here are the two long term projects:
And now Discipline – Yeah…I’m not sure where to start. When I hear this word I immediately think of exercise and I’m not going to spend any time there because the only exercise I get is walking. I am going to investigate CrossFit when the world returns to normal.
For now, I’ll apply it to the life I am living inside these four walls because that’s where I spend the majority of my time, even without this pandemic threatening our civilization. I am working at disciplining myself to reduce debt, eat foods we have in stock in our cupboards, pantry and freezer before replenishing, and not buying any new fabric. I do allow myself those small purchases to finish a project but nothing is being added to the stash ‘just because I like it’. I have enough fabric for the time being and enough UFOs to last me years. I’m focusing on finishing those before starting any new projects. Disclaimer: If I am developing a new pattern, then and only then, will I make that quilt from scratch for the purpose of testing the pattern and having a sample. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it).
Maybe you think these guiding words are obvious, and I would agree that they probably are. But I do like to start the year with a fresh slate and these words are working for me. When I’m tempted to buy something or join something or do something, I ask myself will it bring order to my world? Am I being consistent with what is already on my plate? Am I disciplining myself to get ‘all the things’ accomplished that were important when I started them?
I want my life to have some design, some guideposts, so I don’t just wander through life. As a Christ follower I am ultimately guided by scripture but these words I’ve set out above certainly fall in line with scripture so they help too.
And with that, I will sign off for now. Tomorrow I need to get back to customer quilts and get some consistency happening in my world. The world is crazy right now. I need my daily dose of God’s word, some order, consistency and discipline in my sphere to maintain my peace.
I hope this post finds you well and these words encourage your own journey towards order, consistency and discipline. We will see fruit for our efforts. Will you join me?