Flourish

This year I am working to focus my life on what is most important, what brings me joy and pleasure, both personally and professionally.
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Back in 2012/2013 I took an Art Therapy course, this multi-media painting was one of the pieces I worked on and one of the most meaningful pieces I made. 

Quilting 
Quilting is my passion.It is who I am, and it is my way of life; and so it fits into both of these categories; so well, that I sometimes do not know where one starts and the other begins.
In February I wrote about my Quilty Goals and Resolutions; see the posts here and here .
I chose flourish  to be my word of the year for my quilting life, endeavouring to grow and develop my quilting skills and techniques, as well as making more quilts, and/ or quilted items,  than the year before.
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Last year I explored Foundation Paper Piecing, this was the result. Looks more like a knomes house than a Christmas tree. 

After making flourish my ‘quilting’ word of the year, I decided I would like to apply it to all aspects of my life.
But what does flourish really mean? The Oxford Dictionary definies the word flourish  in three ways, the first of which is the meaning I was looking for:
  • v. 1. grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way
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One of my favorite plants is honey suckle, this is a particularly beautiful specimen, taken here at Schloss Watt in Mörschwil. 

So how do I plan to flourish this year? How do I plan to achieve this ‘goal’?
I think there are a few things that need to be done before I can trully flourish.
Like a plant, I need nourishment, ‘food’ to nourish my creativity and my skills. I have been working on feeding my creativity a lot, these past months, trying out new crafts and getting inspired by the people who have followed their creative urges and done so successfully.
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An entry for the March Daily Drawing Challenge that I am doing with Creativebug. 

I have been following various blogs, as  well as podcasts and of course Instagram.
To improve my skills however, I need to do a bit more work.
In order to feed my hunger for new skills and techniques I will be looking to the professionals and studying their books in my personal quilting library.
Some books that I am really looking forward to reading more of are:
  • “Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! The Complete Guide to Quiltmaking” by Diana Mc Clun and Laura Nownes. After using this book for my questions about fabric preparation I am totally convinced that this book has many of the answers to questions I have been asking myself on my journey to learning to quilt and to do it well.
  • “Quilts Galore! Quilt Making Styles and Techniques” by Diana Mc Clun and Laura Nownes. The follow up from their previous book. I am particularly interested in designing my own quilts and so the chapter on Drafting and their how to’s for each of the traditional styles of quilts in this books is extremely interesting.
  • “Making Welsh Quilts The Textile Tradition That Inspired The Amish?” by Mary Jenkins and Clare Claridge ( my Christmas wish and pressy from Yves)- This book I want to read back to front. It is full of the history of Welsh Quilts, something I have been inspired by, for a long time.
  • “Amish Quiltmaker From Small Projects to Full-Sized Quilts” by Bettina Havig. Another book I would love to read back to back! It is so informative and inspiring!
  • “Loving Stitches A Guide To Fine Hand Quilting” by Jeana Kimball. Full of eye candy, I will definitely be attempting to read this from back to back!
Then of course, to become a good, professional quilter, I think there is a lot to learn from today’s contemporaryartists, and so I will be trying to do as many classes as possible. I have already started a few with Creativebug and will be revisiting some from Craftsy and maybe taking some more there too.
Most importantly,  to make my quilting something I can make an income from, I will need to revisit machine quilting. So that is one of my main quilting skills I need to learn this year.
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A gorgeous chevron quilt that was on exhibit at the Pilatus Quilters Quilt Show in Staanstaad in the Fall of 2015. See link for more on this quilt show. 

Personal
In my personal life I will also be aiming to flourish.
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My health and wellbeing has become increasingly important over the last couple of years, though I still am working on finding work / life balance.
I am doing everything I can with my health, learning to eat more well balanced meals, which has also lead to a growing interest in sustainability and eating more wholesome foods, organic and/or foods that are made or grown with care to the environment and the animals well being.
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Where health and wellbeing is concerned, it is hard not to consider the environment I am living in, both here in Switzerland and in Bermuda as well as the world around us.
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Aside from wanting to be successful in achieving my personal goals their are many professional goals that I have made over the last couple of years.
Professional
Back in February, I completed these worksheets again on “Goal Setting ” which I had also filled out last year. I found them extremely helpful to focus my goals for the year and see really where my heart is and what I need to focus on. You can get the 2016 version of this on Kathy’s This Cherished Life website by signing up for her newsletter.
Since I started my blog back in November 2013, I have been working to improve the content of my posts, the quality and design of my blog, and making it more professional.
Home Sweet Dreaming has been a platform for me to share my experiences and my creative journey and I am convinced that it will lead me to more clarity in what I want from my life professionally. Every day, I feel I am getting one day closer to a business plan and one day soon, announcing what it is. Taking that running leap into cold water!
So what about you? What are some of your most important personal or/and professional goals that are guiding your life at this moment? 
 
One of my biggest fears with starting my own business, is doing it ALONE! I know it is the right thing for me, and I know I will need the guidance with financial stuff from my husband Yves, but it is such a huge responsibility. The one thing that I don’t like about doing it this way, alone, is that I don’t have anyone, beside my working hubby,  to bounce ideas off of, to say, : “No, Jodie,  that is : stupid, unrealistic or impossible.”
If you are in the same position as I am and are dreaming of being self-employed and running your own business, what advice would you give me or others in my position?
 
If you are simply a blog reader or fellow blogger, what subjects do you most enjoy reading about on blogs? Is there a common topic you especially like reading about on my blog? If so, what is it.
I appreciate the time you have spent here with me today and I would be grateful for any responses or comments.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the weather!!

Jodie