Friday, January 1, 2010

Plans and hopes and dreams

Looking ahead to a new year, a new decade, my new life with much anticipation!

I have so many ideas and aspirations for 2010. My theme for the year will be HARMONY -- I want all the parts and pieces of my life to come together into a pleasing whole. I want to have all the basic elements running smoothly so I can enjoy them rather than feeling impatient and frazzled and last-minute-ish. And I want to allow enough cushion of time and energy to gracefully adjust to the quirks and glitches AND the spontaneous moments of opportunity that life throws at me.

I want to do more cooking, and reading, and gardening, and sewing. I want to take time every single day to mindfully appreciate the beautiful place where I live. I want to savor the time I spend with loved ones and friends (including all of you, my cyberfriends!) I want to be the best person I can possibly be. I want to be grateful for each moment I am privileged to be who I am. I want to be serene and joyful, all the time.

I certainly want to be more creative -- there are sooooo many inspirations on my list! I'm beginning the B-a-D challenge again, with high hopes of success this time. (Follow along here if you'd like.) It was a big chunk of unfinished business for me, and I want to conquer it this year! I'm also up and running with Friday Block Party. I'm only commiting to two other quilt projects for now -- the completion of my Mountain Home Sampler, and a new year-long applique project with a yahoo group I'm a member of. I belong to several x-stitch groups, too, but I'm not ready to undertake any stitchery just yet. More quiltiness and needlework will surely happen once I get warmed up, but I'm going to take it in small bites, and only work on projects that I love.

I'm ready for it all, and I can't wait to get started!!! :)

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Today's picture is a photo of my newly-hung "It's a Wonderful Life" quilt top -- because surely, life IS wonderful! I made it several years ago with the same applique group I mentioned earlier. It's a personal interpretation of a Jan Patek Girl Gang pattern. Even though it's not quilted yet, I wanted to display it in my home to celebrate the beginning of a new spiral in my life. See the small spiral I included on the left border? A new cycle is beginning ...

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7 comments:

Beth said...

Happy New Year to you! I hope 2010 is fantastic for everyone, a new decade already, hard to believe. That is a cute quilt. I was just about to ask you what the pattern was and I saw it there. I have that pattern in my collection someplace. But of course I do.

AnnieO said...

2010 is shiny and new and is just waiting for you to fulfill all your aspirations. I applaud your wanting to be "present" in all aspects of your life and enjoy all your blessings. Happy New Year!

QuiltingFitzy said...

May 2010 be everything you wish it to be!

Texan said...

Happy New Year!!!

2010 here we come, :O)....

I have a bit of a I want to do it all bug myself!

Life is just good, is it not!

Susan said...

Happy New Year - it is exciting this new year and a new decade! I love your theme.

Quilts And Pieces said...

I love your "Its a wonderful life"! It is great!

Meggie said...

A very nice top, & lovely to see it!! Thanks for sharing.XX