The beginning of a new year always seems to be a great time for change … a fresh start. I’ve been mulling over how the last year has gone for my family and for my business. Actually, my husband and I and our kids have been doing a lot of chatting and praying about what changes should and need to be made. Because I work from home at all hours, my family and my business are intertwined.
I’ve been doing a lot of reflection over the last few days, as well. What kind of legacy do I want to leave behind? Surely, one of hard work and dedication, but I don’t want to miss out on life to have a successful business. With that in mind, some things will be changing for Fishsticks and for this blog.
I have a few goals in mind for this year. On the personal side, I’m working on being more social, both in real life and in my internet circles. I’ve developed a tendency over the last decade to avoid social situations, and that’s just not healthy. Life is better when you share it. (For the record, I keep deleting and re-typing this paragraph, trying to decide if I really want to put this out there publicly, but I know that I’m not the only one who struggles with this, so I’m leaving it this time. Whew. Deep breath. I can do this. People are generally nice, right?)
I also plan to do more creating for my family without a business goal in mind, and I simply must spend more time sewing for charity. God has given me this gift to give it back! Oh, and we’ve now lived in this house for over two years, I should probably finish decorating it. Then there are plans for backyard gardening, and chickens, and we’re waiting for our foster care license approval any day now. Yes, I think this year will definitely bring a good part of my focus back to family and giving.
Finally, I’ve re-discovered over the last few months, a hunger for all things quilting! While I have no plans to stop designing clothing and accessory patterns – I do so enjoy sewing those things – I’m feeling this tug to indulge my need for challenge and creativity in quilts. I’m learning some patience, too! The time commitment required to make a quilt can be considerable, but they are practical, useful treasures that last for generations. To that end, I expect that you’ll be seeing a lot more quilts around here. I’m kicking off my year with a January goal of finishing the Log Cabin Hexagon Quilt that I started last month, and I’m linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes with Bittersweet Designs and Fiber of All Sorts.I used a tutorial from The Sewing Chick for the main blocks in this quilt, as well as a huge pile of scraps from my fabric stash.To finish up the top and make it the size that I wanted, I added borders made from left-over hexis that are sort of randomly arranged at the corners. I’m thinking that I’ll quilt in a few hexis in the white parts of the borders when I get to that point.I’m also planning to join in the 2015 Finish-Along at On the Windy Side, so I’ll be sharing my crafty to-do list for the whole first quarter soon!