Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year {2014}: My Top 5 Goals

Happy 2014!! I really love this time of year. For me, it's a time to mentally reset myself even though today is just another day. As always, I had hoped to start off the new year with more done, more organized and more planned, but the truth is, I've been down and out with a nasty sinus infection ever since Christmas so my main focus lately has been to just get better. Thanks to the nice doctor at the clinic and the antibiotics he prescribed, I'm finally on the mend. Woo hoo!

While I haven't done much sewing, quilting or crafting lately, I have managed to tackle a few minor not-so-fun things that I have been neglecting for months. Scratching little things off the list made me feel a bit more energized to set some goals for the new year. I have many, but without going overboard or into great detail, I'll share with you my top 5 goals for 2014.

1. PLAN MORE {and stick to it!}
Generally, I'm a planner, but I was sort of just flying by the seat of my pants in 2013. I did whatever felt right to do at the moment, which is good, but I didn't necessarily get done what I had hoped. I was indecisive about a lot, which prevented me from taking action. However, a plan is only relevant if there is discipline that goes along with it. My goal is to take the time to plan ahead and to hold myself accountable.

2. JUST DO IT! {excuses, excuses}
This kind of goes along with #1. I was a huge procrastinator in 2013, mostly out of fear or indecisiveness, and sometimes because I would just rather sew than say organize the heaping stacks of paper on my desk. Often times, when I would finally "just do it", it wasn't as hard, bad, time-consuming or scary as I thought. This year, I vow to procrastinate less.

3. KEEP LEARNING {but don't let it overwhelm me}
I've always been a self-taught kind of girl and I love to learn new things -- always! Whether it's learning new techniques for skills I already have or something I've never tried before, I love, love, love to discover and learn. This, however, has overwhelmed me in the past. I mean, I can only read so many books, blogs and articles. This takes time -- time away from actually doing. My goal is to keep learning, but narrow down what it is that I want to learn.

4. SAY NO {but in the nicest way possible}
I am notorious for over committing myself. I'm still working to fix that. I love to help others with their crafting projects and I like to make things for others. Problem is that often times I get myself into a project that takes too much of my time, which takes away from me working toward reaching my goals. I have to start being a little more selfish with what I agree to take on for others and I have to be realistic with what I can take on for myself. This one is tough for me, but this year I will work on being okay with saying "no"... "thank you".

5. BE BRAVE. BE CONFIDENT. {Roar!...kidding}
I think we all struggle with some degree of insecurity somewhere in our lives. It's human nature. I'm not out to conquer the world, but I do strive to put myself out there a little bit more each day and to be okay with who I am, where I am and what I'm doing. I don't want any fear or insecurity to hold me back from doing anything. All I can do is try. Nothing ever gets accomplished without trying, right?! What's the worst that can happen?

What are some of your goals for the new year? I'd love to hear them.

Before I blaze off tackling the first day of 2014 (no, not really), I just want to thank you all for your support this past year. I love to hear from you and what you're working on. Your comments with kind words and encouragement keep me going. It's such a joy to connect with others with similar interests and I hope that I can continue to help teach or inspire you in the future. Much love to you!


  1. Looks good stacy! I am motivated to come up with my own. Thanks!

  2. This is a great list and I'm sure you can do it all. I struggle with creating goals for the new year as I often (okay-always) fail to keep them. But you've inspired me to make a few to keep me in line!

  3. Great goals - good luck! (And my tip for sinus, which I come down with about twice a year, is to do a tea-tree oil inhalation - a couple of drops of tea tree oil in a bowl with about a cup of near-boiling water, put a towel over your head and slowly breath the steam in through your nose and out your mouth - keep eyes shut) - a good natural antiseptic.