Adventures in making goals and other ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ – Part 1

As I start writing this post, it is pitched black outside, a nice 4:30 a.m. No, I do not have to get up at this time, and no, I am not an insomniac. So why am I up  when I could be in a nice warm bed, you might ask? For two reasons: one,  my body was telling me it was time to get up (this is usually signaled by my stomach growling) and two, even if I wanted to, I just wouldn’t be able to go back to sleep.

Last night I hit a record: I went to sleep at around 9:30 p.m. Even for me that is early,  but it was simply an exhausting day, not only physically and  mentally but also a bit emotionally (in a ‘frustrated’ kind of way and not a ‘balling my eyes out’ kind of way).

So what do I do when I can’t sleep or those times when I wake up so early, that it’s too early to do anything else?

I write.

Writing is what gets whatever is on my mind, off my mind. Today and for the last 8 or 9 days, that has been: New Year’s Resolutions and goals.

As 2013 came to an end, I decided to make some resolutions for 2014. I thought through some, but after listening to  a podcast (my favorite: Quilting for the Rest of Us) and reading various other blog posts on the topic, I realized that  this year it was going to be a lot more complicated.

This year, not only am I a quilter and homemaker, (two new roles for me), but I am a more self-confident and creative, quilter and homemaker. I don’t know about you but I think these characteristics can be potentially hazardous (for want of a better word) when you are trying to achieve your goals or resolutions.

As a person who is both creative and self-confident, I can suddenly have a whole page full of resolutions or goals;  wanting to resolve all the issues in my life at one time and naively thinking I can actually do it.

Of course when 2014 actually rolled around, I started to think about it more seriously, I decided that there was a lot more to it; and this is where, I had to cut my first post!

For more, please click here to continue to  Part 2.