I started 2013 making a commitment to complete this stitch-a-long. My brilliant idea behind it was to stay consistent and do something crafty, albeit small, each month. By the end of the year, I would have had a completed project, which I envisioned framing and hanging in my kitchen.
Well, I tied off the last stitch of this block yesterday.
Yep, May was as far as I got.
At first glance, you probably felt a little sorry for me. This blog has showcased so many of my projects. At one time, I had something to show with every post. Crafting was high on my priorities. My dining room table had threads and needles and yarn and what-have-yous falling off it, and we barely had space to eat.
Five stiched blocks? The Tif two years ago would have been a little ashamed of myself.
But Life changed significantly in April. We moved. Even if I no longer worked outside of the home, I was honored to accept other responsibilities. My children are another year older and have their own schedules. And, I drafted another book after sending one out to fly to the world.
My table now has a laptop that's always open to a word document. Next to it is a neverending, growing pile of papers marked over with highligher and my chicken-scratch notes.
Those five blocks? The Tif today is so proud of myself. I reprioritized in April and placed my crafting lower on my life-list, and still, I had time to complete a block.
Will I complete this stitch-a-long? I sure as heck will. Will it be done by the end of the year? Of course not. But I've made peace where my writing falls on my priority list. I've learned that my crafting has shifted. That instead of quilts, knits and stitches, words and sentences and paragraphs and PAGES are what I'm making these days. And while I have to continually assess where my duties lie, and don't get it right half the time (heck, who am I kidding, I always feel like I'm behind on the power curve), I know this: Life is short. I am a writer. I dream to put the word "published" in front of it.
How about you? As we approach the end of 2013, what have you done to get closer to your goals and dreams? What would you change for next year?