It’s December 15th.
Ten days until Christmas. My shopping is done and I only have two presents left to wrap.
Seventeen days until the New Year.
Those of you who have either read my blog for a while or know me well are already clued into the fact that I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. Resolutions – the word itself – seems exceedingly pushy. Kind of like if you don’t perform the resolutions, there’s some kind of punishment waiting for you, just beyond the horizon.
I have enough stress in my life without dealing with resolutions. However, I do make New Year Suggestions which has a much more positive spin on it. Suggestions connotates that if one performs the following list, life may be a much better place for you; however, if you don’t – no harm, no foul.
That said, I think 2018 will be a year of transition for me. This will be my last year as President of The Applique Society. I originally signed on for only two years, but we couldn’t find anyone to take my place for 2018. I agreed for one additional year, but after that, we really need new blood and new ideas. If you’re not a member, but would like to find out a little bit about us, we have a great open forum Facebook page. Go there and take a look around. See if you’d like to join. Better yet, see how you could be of service to your other quilters.
I now hold no office or real committee leadership with my local guild, which is okay. There is not another show until 2019 and I have no desire to chair the entire thing. I’m in charge of the quilts, which are my first love anyway. I will still serve in a support capacity, assisting other chairs. This is a good thing. No organization needs the same people in the same positions year after year. Change is needed and vital for any organization to continue to grow and become a better place or its members.
My year of Quilting Fearlessly is drawing to an end. I have learned a lot and I will go more into details on that and what I want to do with 2018 in my next blog or two. There are some plans looming on my horizon for 2019, but other than the classes and workshops I’m scheduled for in 2018, it’s a blank slate.
Now those of you who know me, remember that I’m a list maker and a goal setter. I function well with these two mandates. I like to steadily make progress in life a step at a time. I am one of these people that does not work well with the stress of a last minute deadline. Give me a deadline that’s a few weeks or several months or even a year out on the calendar and it’s a done deal. I will give you what is needed in fine form. Give me a deadline of 24 hours and you have a hot mess. I fall apart.
But 2018 holds no clear cut goals or deadlines other than finishing the quilting projects and preparing for my classes and workshops.
Am I discouraged? Not really. I’ve realized that during these quiet times that God is usually preparing the next step for you to take – it’s just going to be a little while before He lets you know what that is.
So I’m waiting. Fearlessly.
Have a blessed Christmas Season.
Love and Stitches,
Sherri and Sam… and the grand darlings.