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No Two Resolutions are Alike

Happy New Year!

Can you believe it’s already 2020? It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in the new century with Y2K. In reality, that was exactly 20 years ago. Where does the time go?

As is the time-honored tradition, today is the day we make (and in 2 weeks break) our New Year Resolutions. Most people shoot for the lose weight, quit smoking, make more money pipe dreams. My tastes this year are a bit different.

Resolution #1: More Travel

It’s no secret that I love to travel. Anywhere and everywhere is pretty much my motto. However, these last couple years we haven’t done nearly as much as in the past. The hubby and I used to go somewhere at least once a month for an overnight weekend. Sometimes it was twice a month. Not so much anymore. So, my #1 Resolution is to get back to those weekends away. Saturday morning, hop in the car and pick a direction. Stop when we reach somewhere interesting (aka has a quilt shop) and find an inexpensive hotel for the night. Sunday, have a night breakfast, and take our time getting home. Hmmm… I’m thinking of heading down into South Carolina for our first weekend getaway.

Money tip: When you go away just for the weekend, bring your food with you. Pack everything you’ll need in a cooler and tote bag. Don’t forget the plates, silverware and napkins! Also, bring an extra bag to put the dirty ‘dishes’ in to wash when you get home.

Resolution #2: Stay Focused

I am a procrastinator. It is by far my worst quality. Even though I am fully aware of my flaw, it’s still difficult to overcome. I am the queen at planning. I can plan even the biggest project down to the smallest most minute detail. However, when it comes to the execution of those plans, I find myself slacking. So, this year I plan to focus more on sticking to my laid out daily tasks lists and not veering off whenever the mood strikes me. Or, when my brain decides I just have to write down this one idea before I forget. Three hours later… nothing gets accomplished. Which leads directly into my next Resolution:

Resolution #3: Get Accomplished!

A few days ago I wrote out a list of all my UFO’s. There were 42. FORTY TWO. That’s how many quilts and/or bag projects I’ve started in some way, shape or form, that are just sitting there. In a bin. Or, in my ‘to be quilted’ basket. Or in a ‘these fabrics go with this project’ bag. You get the idea. It’s sad really. On the bright side, boy am I organized! Everything has a home. Too bad that whole ‘out of sight, out of mind’ thing is very, very real. I feel like this meme:

Of course, in my case it could also read “My problem is that I design faster than I sew.” Not this year! My goal is to complete at least half of those UFO’s before the year is out. Ok, stop laughing. Realistically, maybe a third. Ok, Ok. I can definitely accomplish at least a quarter of them. I have to. After all, that’s how many of them are going into my book. And come hell or high water, those quilts will be done on time.

So, for better or for worse, those are my 2020 Resolutions. I can’t wait to jump to 2021 and see how I did. Wait, on second thought. I can definitely wait.

We got this

What are your Resolutions? How did you do from 2019’s Resolutions? Did you keep them up all year or fade out in 2 weeks like I did. Let me know in the comments!

As always, Hoppy Quilting!

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