I know I'm a little late with my Happy New Year wishes, but I've been contemplating the coming year and didn't want to post until I felt like I had it figured out...so before I begin I'd like to wish all of my Blogland friends a very wonderful 2008, happy, healthy and full of time to do what makes you happy. That leads me right into what I've been mulling over yesterday and today as I looked back on 2007 and forward to 2008. I've been reading with interest the past couple of days lots of resolutions not to buy fabric and to finish the UFO's...and I've come to the conclusion that I am going to spend this year doing the things that make me the happiest...now please know that this are my thoughts for this year and I don't want to step on any toes, but we all need to do what works for us and what is important ...if there's a UFO in the pile that I really want to finish then I'll get it done, but I'm not going to spend time finishing something from years ago, that I really don't like or care about any more to say that I finished a UFO...the old cliche says it all "Life is too short"...time is too limited to spend it on something I don't really want to do. There are zillions of things I really want to do, that will bring me much happiness. So when I come upon a UFO that I don't want anymore, I'm going to bag up all the pieces and the pattern or book and give it to a guild or group that can use it...it will bring someone else happiness and that's what matters.
2007 was a year of great changes for us...Andy retired in April and I closed my shop and retired the end of August...this has been a huge and wonderful change for us. We are enjoying spending time together, we either work out at the gym or walk every day, we both feel better than we've felt in a very long time. I've been invited to start sewing with a few gals, which I am so excited about. I'm doing some swaps that I'm really loving. I've got a donation quilt ready for a binding. I have time to do the things that make me happy!
My first exciting thing in 2008 is that I'm going to California in on Jan 16 to visit Sharon, go to Road to California, and go wonderful quilt shops. I can't wait. New patterns to see, projects to get excited about...lots to look forward to.
In April there's the quilt show in Chicago...YIPPEE! And in August Andy and I are going on an Alaskan cruise...this has been a dream for a long time and we're doing it. In between all this excitement I'm going to sew and stitch, spend time with mom and get to see Hampton (and his mom and dad) as much as I can.
So I guess what all this long, ramble is saying is, I'm going to do what makes me happy, as Darlene said in her New Year's post, "what gives me joy" and I'm not going to feel guilty for one moment. Life is too short! Life is Good! Let's have a happy 2008!