Rules for 2016
I have figured out my four rules of 2016. They are not resolutions, just guidelines of how to work in this coming year. It will help me to proceed with a mindset that is healthy for creativity and the kind of work that I hope to do. They may seem very obvious and cliche, but they are important concepts to me and I’m happy to have a sort of manifesto to work by.
1 – DO THE WORK.
The best quilts are the ones that are the result of a lot of work. The work can be at the design end or in intricate detail, but nothing happens without effort. Remember that putting in work is always a good choice.
2 – BE TRUE TO YOURSELF.
I tend to be easily swayed by the crowd. This year I might take a step back to check in with my gut, or to make sure that a choice that I’m making is my own. It can be hard and lonely to be an individual, but it is also extremely rewarding.
3 – TRY NEW THINGS. LEARN FROM THEM.
This is always a good idea. I think it’s important to stay humble and to remind oneself of this fact.
4 – DARE TO BE AWESOME.
I have a lot to say on this topic, especially about how people devalue themselves when they are scared. That will come at another time, for sure. Some of us have to remind ourselves that there is awesome in all of us, and we have to be brave enough to show it. This year I want to be brave.
Happy 2016, blog friends! I have some fun projects and posts coming your way this year, and I hope that you enjoyed your end-of-the-year festivities.
This is lovely and true. I need to do the work too and get the main quilt residing in my head onto paper with real numbers & measurements!
I love this list! I’m sure you will have an awesome year!
Thank you for the inspiration. I had put quilting aside for a few years and I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. Happy 2016 to you!
I like that last one especially. I’m in the middle of a quilt I was almost too frightened to make after I’d designed it. I had NO idea how I was going to get it done, but slowly, piece by piece I have resolved my difficulties and found my path. The quilt and I will both be awesome when we’re done!
Well said, Melanie! I couldn’t agree with you more!
I love these rules! I just read Shonda Rimes’ book, “Year of Yes.” i saw a lot of myself in it, especially in not daring to be awesome or brave (in other words, saying “no.”) Happy new year!
Oh, I love the last goal. I can’t wait to hear more about it, too. May you have a wonderful 2016. 🙂
These could easily be rules for life, not just quilting. 😀 Great selections!!!
yes! yes! yes! yes!
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