New Year, new goals!

Usually for my first post of the new year I outline my stitching goals for the year. This year I’m approaching it a little differently. I’d like to be able to stitch some every day. That may seem like an odd goal for a professional designer/teacher! But since I didn’t get to stitch every day last year for various reasons, I think it’s good goal for the coming year.

If I can stitch some every day I should be able to complete several projects, which would be great! I have something in mind that I’d like to start this year, and will share more about it when I get it going. Stitching every day will help me realize that project.

Stitching every day is good for my mental well being as well. For close to three decades now stitching has been my way to relax, to slow things down, to take a breather from the world. So if I can stitch every day, I should be in a better mental state!

The thing about goals is, to let them be goals. A goal is something you aim for, to give you purpose and direction. If I don’t meet my simple goal for this year, I won’t be beating myself up over it. I’ll just try again the next day. It’s been said that if you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time. So I’m going to aim at something!

In the meantime, on my way to my goal for 2019, here’s what I’ve been working on, a new color way for an existing teaching project. Hopefully the new color way will garner some love, since the old one hasn’t!

This is Symphony:

This color way is rich coffee and chocolate colors, with a little pumpkin and eggplant thrown in (yes, I started dieting, hence the food fixation). If I can continue stitching some every day I should have this finished in 2 or 3 days, since the remaining areas are mostly large motif stitches that go very fast.

Here’s the original color way:

Hoping the more muted earth tones will make this project more attractive to faculty selection committees!

For those who are setting goals for the new year, best of luck in achieving them!

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