Monday, December 5, 2011
Finishing what we start...
The old saying "my eyes were bigger than my stomach" not only pertains to the dining table, but in all aspects of my life. I immediately start to think of a new exercise routine and how I can easily fit thirty minutes of aerobic activity into my daily life. And as long as I am at it, I could also add ten minutes of calisthenics before a quick shower. Of course, the stress level in my life warrants some attention, so some deep breathing and beginning yoga classes would be in order. Now I know many of you already follow this kind of healthy regimen and probably more. But this goal is too lofty for me and I know if I attempt to incorporate all this change into my life at once - I will fail before I even start.
But eating and exercise are not the only areas of my life where I tend to overextend. I often manage to transform a relaxing pastime into a stressful event. I am enamored by color (probably because my own personal outlook of the world is so black and white - but that is the subject of another post). And while I really do not enjoy sewing - I love the patterns of quilt fabrics. I have already purchased material for holiday table runners (both Thanksgiving and Christmas, neither one made so far) - matching placemats and napkins - a girly quilt for Brynn consisting of bright pinks, greens, and whites - and a sudoku lap quilt for myself made with nine different batik patterns of varying shades of green and purple. I even spontaneously joined a quilt block-of-the-month group because the choices in patterns were either Jane Austen - Laura Ingalls Wilder - or Agatha Christie. How could I resist? That was in September. I have yet to take those pieces out of the packaging and have been too embarrassed to pick up the other three months.
In 2012 I would like to complete one of these projects - just to say that I actually quilted. I am tempted to declare that project will be the sudoku quilt, but it may end up being the 10 minute table runner (which took me three hours to make -- but hey, who's counting).
So in 2012 I have decided not to join any reading challenges (as tempting as many of them sound). Well, at least I did make that proclamation until I caught up on the posts of A Novel Challenge. But even then I plan to only sign up for two challenges that I fully intend to complete. But that will be the subject of a separate post.
I have already rambled long enough here, but hopefully you understand my predicament. I do not want my energy and sense of anticipation to wane after January - but I want it to continue throughout 2012. I want to start new projects - and I want to actually complete them. I want to set goals for my life - but I want them to be manageable so that lifetime benefits can be realized. I have much that I want to pursue in the years ahead - but I need to learn to pace myself so that I can actually enjoy life itself.