Monday, January 4, 2016

Word of the Year....

This year will be my first year of having a Word of the Year, and that word is Focus.
Source: Bluchic
I have read several posts from some of my favorite bloggers and close friends about what they have chosen to be their "Word of the Year". I was inspired to choose a word of the year when reading Crystal's post over at Raspberry Spool. It really hit home with me when she said,
"I need to run my own race and stop worrying what other people are doing and worry about what works for me."
This is me in a nutshell.... I have always been the type to compare what I do to what others are doing (just ask my mom about my pre-teen years). There are so many VERY talented people in the Quilting community and, for me at least, it's hard to not start to compare my work with others.

I end up not accomplishing much of anything because I am busy worrying if it will be cool enough, or if it will get enough Instagram likes, or if it will be loved by others. When in reality I need to focus on how what I do makes me feel.
I need this to hang in my studio.
Source: Etsy
So this year I am going to Focus. I'm going to focus on accepting that I am enough, focus on doing what makes me happy rather than following trends that I don't love. Focus on finishing projects that have been put away for too long. 

And most of all, focus on myself. There were several events during the last few months of 2015 that were very difficult for me, and I came out of it unhealthy & severely stressed. Thankfully things have been looking up recently, but I still have a ways to go before being back to normal. And you know what, that's ok. I'm not overly religious by any means, but I do feel that things happen for a reason and I am excited about the path that I am on.

So how about you... Do you have a word of the year, or specific goals you want to achieve for 2016? 

2 comments:

  1. I love your word and everything you shared here. My word is EXPLORE. kind of the opposite of Focus I guess! LOL I want to explore new ideas & be open to whatever comes my way. Happy New Year!

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  2. This is such a challenge for me too. It's very difficult not to compare myself to other bloggers. Am I posting enough? Are my pictures good enough? But I always work hard to make sure that I'm true to my creative self with each thing I make. Good luck with your focus this year!

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