Friday, January 9, 2015

What's the Word?

I am one of those people who loves making lists, resolutions and grand plans. However my follow through can leave a lot to be desired and this has been a life long problem for me. I seem to have either the attention span of a gnat or I can spend hours down a rabbit hole on one passion/project/task. The in between balancing act where life really happens is my ongoing struggle.
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In 2013 I chose FINISH as my word for the year and I went all in by finishing 65 quilting projects that year - a whopping 57 UFOs and 8 new projects! So it might be understandable that I felt pretty confident heading into 2014 with "only" 43 UFOs.

My word for 2014 was SIMPLIFY and, as I posted HERE yesterday, I did manage a lot of simplifying in 2014. The part that went missing for the most part was the finishing. Achieving 90% or 65% of a goal isn't nearly as satisfying as 100%. My thing is to make great progress early on, then lose focus and move on to the next shiny object. Over and over. And as my regular readers know my quilting went completely dormant while I worked off blog on other things.
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So instead of feeling free to choose a Fun Word for 2015 I've selected another Working Word. One that I hope will motivate me to zero in on the task at hand but also allow me the flexibility of choice that I need. I might be chasing 10 rabbits in total as I work towards my goals but I'm going to do it one step at a time. Thoughtfully and with purpose.
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I've learned a lot about myself over the last few years and I think 2015 is the year that it all will come together. Some FINISH, some SIMPLIFY and a LOT of...
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FOCUS.

15 comments:

  1. Focus is a great word to achieve simplicity and finishes. I hope enjoyment also sneaks in there for balance. :)

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  2. Great word. I look forward to more blogging from you this year. Love the graphics too! How did you find them?

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  3. How wonderful that our creative minds keep presenting ever new and, of course, distracting projects to do. Thanks for sharing your inner reflections!

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  4. What a great word. Look forward to hearing all you do to keep focused. It's probably something we can all learn.

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  5. Great word. I should learn it ; )

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  6. Love your blog and really missed it. Your posts this week definitely show you are a woman with a plan!

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  7. Great post! We think alike more than we know.....I just was working on a post about changing my focus! I want more quality than quantity on my blog, so focus this year will shift to share the process a lot more. So I am cheering you on in finding your focus.

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  8. Hi Deb
    So much to comment on in this post. I love your synopsis of the last years, and the image of Focus for this. I will say, you sure read a lot! It's an important part of you, and it takes time so you might be more focused and productive than you give yourself credit for... ( I know, grammar...) Elsa is awesomely gorgeous. Those eyes! My word is Connect and connections, so I hope to keep in contact with you more this year, thru comments if nothing else. I get your posts thru email so I don't miss any, although I don't always come to comment I read. Imagine, we met thru my blog giveaway! I hope the mouse still makes you smile. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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  9. Wonderful word and good luck to you

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  10. If l had more focus maybe l would have less ufo's. What a great word. Enjoyed reading your blog.

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  11. LOL! I'm finding myself tswitching into low gear...that everything doesn't have to be a to do list that has to get done NOW!!! Geuss life is always about finding balance huh!

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  12. very good word for this year. I get distracted when I see new quilt ideas too. Good luck!

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  13. Perfect word! You have been so successful with your words in the past I am sure you will have great focus!

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  14. I wrote a big comment on your last post but it didn't publish due to me getting logged out of google. Anyway! It said I think you had a really successful year in 2014, and cleaning out and purging unused things is very refreshing. We did the same when we bought and house and moved in to it in September. I wasn't moving anything I didn't want or use anymore. Don't be too hard on yourself. Focus on whatever brings you joy at the time. Shiny new things, like beginning a new quilt, can be just what you need to do at the time.

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  15. I am very focused -- on whatever grabs my attention for that moment! LOL

    Love the definition of FOCUS and the saying about the two rabbits!

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