Plans for the new year…

I have mostly given up making new year’s resolutions. Instead, I make weekly resolutions (usually at church) to be a better person—to listen more, speak less, show gratitude at all times, to be thankful for all that I have been blessed with. I do this weekly because, well, no one is perfect.

I used to be a faithful writer of to-do lists. Over time, I’ve moved my lists to an electronic format and, you know what? Electronic lists are easier to ignore which is not a good thing. So, on December 31, I made a list with all of my upcoming deadlines. It was necessary, but it also took my breath away.

I realized that I have come very close to over-committing. Every day, from now through the end of May, is crowded with deadlines. I think I can get it all done. I am feeling a little nervous; I am trying not to dither; and I am definitely looking forward to June.

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

But I know that there are people who don’t commit because of the fear of failure. If that’s you, I would encourage you to make a commitment—just one. Choose something that you think you have a fair shot at finishing on time—and do it. Maybe it’s a baby quilt, or a Quilt of Valor, or something not quilt-related at all. Choose a project and finish it. You will love the feeling that comes from checking it off your list. Personally, I can’t wait to cross off the entries on my list.

5 thoughts on “Plans for the new year…

  1. I’ve just gone through my 2015 Goals List because 2015 kinda got away from me. My how time flies, right? I see buy my list, that I need to live to 118 to get all my projects done that I’d like to do. Oh, my. Guess I need to pare it down a wee bit 🙂


  2. I much prefer paper lists. It is much more satisfying to cross something off in RED pen. If I ever do something that’s not on the list, I write it down anyway, just so I an cross it off! If I didnt make lists, nothing would get done.


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