So far this month I've shared a couple projects I worked on last year and a couple I'm puttering on now. In addition to these smaller projects, I'm working on a couple quilts too. If you are a quilter and sew, could you take a moment to leave a comment below to answer this question...DO YOU WORK ON ONE PROJECT AT A TIME OR MULTIPLE ONES?
I ask because sometimes I think I should be focusing on one thing at a time but when working on a bigger project, like this John Deere quilt for instance, I like to do a smaller project. The smaller project in between allows my brain and eyes to focus on different color schemes, see a project from start to finish in a weekend, and in the case of the tissue holders, allows me to bless more people, more often.
Then I think of an author friend, Dave Fessenden's advice while attending a writers' conference a few years ago. I'm obviously a distracted artist, lol, as I am always working on a variety of writing projects at the same time. For goodness sake, while I'm looking up different sewing projects, I'm also writing different blogs and brainstorming new book and speaking engagement ideas. BUT, is all this pin-ball-machine-thinking truly a negative?
It might be, within a few minutes I forgot to share Dave's advice with you. He challenged me to write out the word MULTITASKING or was it a statement with the word multitasking in it? I can't remember which, but either way, you write it on a piece of paper. (BTW, this is a scattered thinkers way of justifying not finishing one project at a time, lol) Then he suggested I write out the same word/phrase, one letter at a time going down the paper. I think, my memory is failing me.
If Dave reads this, maybe he will comment and share this since my brain is struggling to remember. Either way, this is the point. When you simply write it out, it goes quick. If you write it one letter at a time, up and down the page, it takes a lot longer. The lesson to learn, focus on one thing, right? OR, is it okay to when sewing and quilting, to have a couple projects going on at a time?
Do you have one or more projects going on at the same time? If so, why?
Last week I shared my BMI and primary fitness goal...to be healthier! Weight loss is important, especiallywhen you are looking at the need to lose 60 - 100 pounds.
My first mini-goal is to fit comfortably into a size 14 pants and dress with the ultimate goal of a size 12/14. Once the size 12 is comfortable then I'll re-evaluate if I continue toning and losing to fit into a size 10/12.
For now, let me share the apps I'm using to achieve my current goal:
1) Fitbit App: click here to learn more
My favorite aspect of this app is the ever changing emoticon changes. My least (and favorite one) is when it sticks its tongue out at me because I haven't moved enough. I get up and move, sometimes using the restroom as an excuse if I'm in a meeting. Another goody is being able to view my "active" minutes. I lack in "active" minutes throuhout the day. I might acheive 10,000 steps but my activity is still in need of improvement. Another thing I like is when I check the app and the circles go around and make confetti to celebrate when I achieve a goal.
2) My Fitness Pal App: Click here to learn more
This app allows me to document my calorie intake, exercise, and daily water. It also tracks how many days in a row I log in and exercise. I can even set reminders if I fail to log in.
3) Map My Walk App: Click here to learn more
This app logs my walking routes and workouts. I set mine so the routes are private, for security reasons but if you want to share your route with friends, you can. In addition to Map My Walk, there are similar apps to track your run or bicycle ride.
These apps are all free and do have the option to upgrade to monitor more information but the information I gain through the FREE versions is enough for me.
What Fitness Apps Do you Use?
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms."
With the Christmas decorations tucked away now, it's time for a new placemat. I thought about what to make for him this time. My hope was to have something that could last him through the rest of the winter yet be encouraging and uplifting. I looked at blue materials and thought about doing a snowy scene but with Lake Ontario practically in his backyard, he doesn't need anymore snow reminders.
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Pattern may not be re-sold for profit. Finished quilts created using my quilt block patterns may be sold if a tag is attached stating “[Cardinal] ©2017 Country Junk’tion”
What are you creating this weekend?
Do you create to encourage others?
Do you belong to a gym, workout at home, or a combination of the two? What works the best for you?
Do you track your daily steps? A friend gifted me the "Fit Bit Zip" last June and this inspired me to focus on achieving the daily 10,000 step goal. I noticed I started to sleep better at night when I reached this goal, especially when I completed this walking outside.
My goal isn't to wear a size 2 but instead to be healthier so I can live longer and hopefully live to be 100 or so. I know the risks associated with obesity and the various health risks triggered by carrying the extra weight. If I want to work until I retire and help raise my grandchildren like my parents did with our daughter, I need to be healthier.
According to the BMI and suggested target weight for my age and height, I need to lose between sixty-three and one-hundred four pounds! Yikes! Personally, this seems like too much weight and fear I'd look sick. My first mini goal is to fit into a size 14 comfortably, with wearing a size 12/14 as the ultimate goal.
I don't know how much weight this is but in order to reach this goal, I know it's time to start weight training alongside with my hour of cardio. I have the "Black Card" at Planet Fitness so I can always bring a friend with me. To have an accountability partner helps keep me focused and on task. What helps to keep you on task?
In order to keep the blog real and honest, I'm sharing my weight and BMI with you. My husband, daughter, and a few friends are my accountability parnters BUT to post this on my blog, OUCH! This motivates me not to roll over when the alarm goes off at 4:15 again. Please don't judge my numbers, one day and one workout at a time...I'm striving for health.
If you haven't checked your weight with a BMI chart, will you take a moment to check? If your number startles you, will you let this motivate you to be healthier? I hope so.
Height: 5 feet, 7 inches
Weight: 222 pounds
Your BMI is 34.8, indicating your weight is in the Obese category for adults of your height.
For your height, a normal weight range would be from 118 to 159 pounds.
CALCULATE YOUR BMI HERE
Are you ready to get healthy?
See you next Friday for another Fitness blog.
When is the last time you jumped in a puddle and splashed a friend?
Today's writing prompt: Write about a memory of puddle jumping or a write a tid bit about taking advantage of this fun activity as an adult? Who do you bring with you to jump in the puddle? How much laughter is there? Does this become a new habit?
I started strong in August and as the warmer weather lessoned, so did my motivation to monitor and track my goals. Thankfully, this desire returned around Thanksgiving and I'm slowly getting my groove back. I'll tweek my exercise goals for this year for a more effiecient way to track towards success.
In addition to my goals, I like to choose a theme verse and word for the year. This is something I started a few years ago after my friend and author, Elaine W. Miller shared with me. My goal is to have these selected by February 1st, I don't like to rush the Word and The Word God has for me each year. Good things come to those who wait, especially when you wait on the Lord. Do you pick a word and Bible verse at the beginning of the year? If you do, how does this help you throughout the year? If you haven't done this before, will you try this year and see how God works in your life through His Word?
I have other book ideas within me, even a fictional story but instead of sharing (or teasing as my Mom called it) at this moment, I'm holding off until I'm ready to commit 110% to the writing process and the time required to be successful. I do plan on keeping my creative juices in motion through sewing, crocheting, quilting, and writing. As I do this, I'll share snip-its on Saturdays when I have pics and stories to share. I'm calling it "Sew-Sensational Saturday" on the blog.
So do I have a list of goals? No, but I do have a plan and motivation to do so. THIS IS MY FIRST GOAL...TO SET MY GOALS! A peculiar goal don't you think. Is your first goal the same as mine or do you have your list started already?
What is ONE goal you are dedicated to?
Mags picked out a couple verses she was learning and even gave a "message" to Ed and I. It is a precious memory. With Mags home on break and Ed having the day off, we could relive this memory BUT Ed and Mags are still snoozing when I wrote this blog. How times change.
How do you spend a "Snow Day Sunday"? I made dough for italian bread and cinnamon rolls as I watched the snow continue to fall this morning. The italian bread doesn't use eggs so I'm hoping its yummy so I can bake it for a couple friends that have egg allergies. I decided to make the cinnamon rolls as per tradition. When Mags was in school, I made these to start our jammy day. Since she is home from college on break AND it's a "snow day" for church, we are going to enjoy warm deliciousness. Do you have any snow day traditions?
How do you spend your "snow day"?
I enjoy giving gifts that reflect my heart and encourage the person receiving it. This desire reminded me of my love to sew. My friend Ret taught me many moons ago. She was so patient and still is a resource when stuck. Thank goodness. I decided for my first sewing project that wasn't repairing a rip or shortening a dress would be a quilt.
Yep, "go big or go home" is the saying, right? Initially I planned to make a lap quilt but as we searched for the perfect fabric marriage, something bigger to snuggle under came to mind. They are newlyweds after all. It took too many hours to track and multiple trips to Hobby Lobby and JoAnn Fabrics for "one more thing". As I folded and wrapped, I realized something, sewing is another way to put my creative muse and juices to use.
Words have been a struggle for the past year but to sew and blend, marry, and reinvent fabrics allows me the freedom to creative without the pressure of someone asking, "what is next?" or dwelling on the "who"s that aren't alive to be my first readers. To write has been a passion since I was a little girl and to sew became a relaxer after Heidi's disappearance.
God created me to use my gifts of writing, speaking, and creating to encourage, inspire, and help others. As I walk on the tread mill listening to my praise and worship playlists, ideas of things to write or make flood my mind. My hope is to follow my heart and honor God by using all the gifts he's given me in a more efficient and balanced manner. Whether I'm sewing, writing, or preparing for a speaking engagement...let it be His will, not mine.
What are you sewing this week?
Things I'm thankful for thus far in 2017:
- For a God who loves, forgives, and accepts me as I am
- Breath in my lungs
- A healthy bod
- A loving and fun family
- A career I love and value
- A roof over my head
- Fuel in the fuel tank so we have heat
- Running water
- Food in the cupboards
- Good health and dental insurance so we don't have to opt not to be treated when illness or accidents to happen
- I'm very thankful for EACH OF YOU reading this blog, you encourage me
What are you thankful for this week?
We started a new tradition a few years ago by inviting a few people over to play games and watch Dick Clark's New Year's on television. This is a relaxing and safe way to say good-bye to one year while welcoming the new in. It gives us a chance to share goals, resolutions, and much laughter. Ending and beginning with much to be thankful for.
Happy New Year 2016!
What is your New Year's Even tradition?
It might be the first born in me, genetic,
or my love of lists but regardless of its root…
I enjoy setting goals and determining a path to reach them.
I am a third generation list maker, and crosser-off-er-er. Yes, I just made a new word, lol.
There is great personal satisfaction
when you achieve your goals.
In order to achieve a goal though, you first must set it."
~Lisa M Buske
I enjoy making lists, setting goals, and striving to reach them. I am not always successful yet I always have a plan and do my best. This book is one way I help to keep myself on course and moving forward to reach a goal or two. A few people piloted this book for me last year, like a Beta Reader but they weren't just reading, they were goal setting. At least two responded to let me know how Goal Setting for a Renewed You: Because You Deserve It helped them break down their goals and aspirations in a detailed way. They might not have done all the steps or all the sections but the way in which I broke it down, they were able to zone in on a goal they needed to set and the path to follow in order to reach it.
If you'd like to read a couple reviews online, click here. If you are one of the people who purchased Goal Setting for a Renewed You: Because You Deserve it, this year or were one of my pilot readers...will you leave a review on Amazon.com? Did you know that every review on Amazon increases the chances of Amazon sharing an author's book? Thank you in advance if you take time to review this book, or any book, by your favorite authors. It's a gift that keeps giving and helps others decide if they too should purchase a book.
What Area Do You Need To Set A Goal In?
Instead of blogging about goal setting or putting a plan in place for your success, I've decided to focus on choices. We CHOOSE to set goals. We CHOOSE to let others affect our mood and joy. We CHOOSE how to react. Can YOU RELATE?
Rather than share some great goal setting websites or share how it's possible to bounce out of bed and through the day without anyone sucking your joy, I'm just going to say this...
DO YOUR BEST! This is my goal. Hey, I just set my first goal of 2017. Go figure.
I'm going to start small (yet this goal is HUGE to accomplish, right?)!
My first goal of 2017...
I WILL NOT LET OTHER PEOPLE STEAL MY JOY AND EFFECT MY MOOD.
EMOTIONS ARE FLIGHTY...I CHOOSE TO BE STABLE, NOT FLIGHTY!
In life, especially with new technologies and social media, there will always be someone saying or doing something to upset us, right? For 2017, let's choose to "Let it Go". I think the creators of Frozen created more than a movie, they developed a life lesson for us all. Will you let it go this year? If you don't struggle with carrying the burdens or negativity with others, will you share how you are able to do this? I know it will help me and I'm sure someone else reading this will appreicate it also.
What is your first, little
(but possibly HUGE)
goal for 2017?
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