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Friday, January 8, 2016

New Years Resolutions

Good afternoon prim friends.
I hope your new year is off to a great start!

Many of us make resolutions when each new year begins...but how many do we really keep?  Is it lack of motivation?  Lack of interest? Lack of self-confidence that is holding us back?  
I've done a lot of soul searching since November....about crafting, God, and myself.  I have come to realize that although I have made a good business from my creating, it is becoming more and more of a deterrent to the other things I wish to accomplish in my life.  

Creating take a lot of time...I mean a LOT of time.  Any of you crafters know that...and I don't need to tell you...but for those who don't craft to earn money, you may not realize how hard we work.  It takes long hours of sitting and standing...sewing and sewing...and stuffing...and painting.  Over the past few years I have done way too much of that sitting and standing to create things for other people...but what I really wish to do is create for myself...create a healthier life, more fit body, and a deeper appreciation for God and all my blessings.  When I'm crafting away on orders, other things don't get done...the laundry piles up, the house needs cleaning, the husband gets left-overs...because there simply isn't enough time to do it all.

So, this year, I have decided that this is THE year I will indeed DO IT!
I have always prided myself on being 'tough'...plowing through the chores that need to be done, inside and outside.  I've pushed myself in many other ways, but not as far as my body and mind go.
For this year, I want, no...I WILL...be more fit, lose those 15 extra pounds, and pray more.  I'll power through those runs, walks and exercise routines, as well as set aside a specific time each day to give back to God.   If I had an order to work on, I would just do it no matter what...so that is how I am approaching the things I want and need for myself this year.

This year I will exercise at least every other day...so far I've made it 5 out of 6 days this week.  This year I will eat healthier.  This year I will pull out my UFO collection and get busy...that includes the 6 quilts I have in progress...and another quilt for Joey, who is already 18 months.  I will make those curtains I've been wishing I had time to do.  I will redo our bedroom.  I will do things for me and my family, instead of creating for others.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I will continue to create and sell, but it will be on a more limited scale...no orders...just create and sell when I feel like it.  The pressures of keeping my shop full, competing with others and making it worth my time to create are all things that have taken their toll.  There is networking, facebook business page, Etsy teams, Ebay, Etsy shops...it all takes time, and I've simply got to make a change, for my own good.

I want more time to spend with the grandkiddos...they are growing so fast.  I want more time to make some wool applique projects for my home.  I want more time to make quilts to cover my loved ones on a cold winter night.  I want time to visit my aunt in the nursing home...before it is too late; and to spend more time with my parents and helping them.  I need to move closer to God and further from the silliness of social media.  I need to get more involved in church and less involved in the latest holiday and what I will create/sell for it...it sometimes feels so empty to make and sell, make and sell...for yet another holiday...there must be more to life...more adventures to be had, more exciting things to do.

I hope you, too, will take this new year to concentrate more on the things that really matter..your family, friends, God and yes, you.

Peter, Allison & Joey...we will be welcoming another grand-daughter in May - yippee!



  1. Good luck with the new year resolution :)
    Smile and blessings x

  2. Bravo! Wendy, stand up and take a deep bow, look up and see God smiling down on you. Breathe....doesn't it feel different, refreshing, now that you have made these decisions? And with this new outlook you will be a mean, lean exercising machine. And...while you exercise you can talk to God (I do), we talk about all kinds of things, and I even laugh at myself - it's just the two of us and nobody else can hear.

    Stay true to your new goals, and embrace each day that we have on this earth. And dream....the best is yet to come. A best that we cannot imagine - and it will be forever.


  3. Wendy, I totally understand what you are saying. Our priorities change over the years and you must do what is right for YOU! I stopped making repeats of popular selling items and taking custom orders a couple of years ago and it was like a ton weight was lifted from my shoulders. Now I make what I want, when I want, when I have time. You sound as if you have your priorities firmly set and I applaud you for making the decision to put what is important to you first. Take care of yourself and those you whom you love, enjoy my friend! Hugs, Deb xo

  4. Hi Wendy, great post, yes must spend more family time together, cannot believe the years fly by. Blessings Francine.

  5. Wonderful post! It's almost like you read my mind! Wishing you the best that 2016 has to offer!

  6. O Wendy , I couldn't agree more ! It's time to make time and take time for you and those you LOVE ! Those that don't create , just don't get the full picture of just how much goes into creating for sale and the toll it takes on your life , family , and household when you do it day in and day out . It's also not as enjoyable as creating what you want when you want . My how the grands are growing , too cute and Congrats on the new baby in the future! I hope 2016 is EVERYTHING you dream of and wish you all the best ! Hugs Angela

  7. Hi Wendy, your post was beautiful! I feel exactly like you do. There is only so much of me to go around, so I have to just put what is the most important first in my life, like God and my family. My crafting will also be on the back burner, maybe I will be able to make a few things for myself, family and special friends. And those little grandbabies just grow up too fast, we need to enjoy every moment. You are beautiful inside and out, so glad you are my friend. Wishing you a beautiful New Year with many blessings and much happiness. hugs, Lecia

  8. I truly understand how you feel, I can only do so much. I just sell what I make or patterns, no pressure or deadlines. Now I have the opposite problem, seems I have no time for me or to create, so I need to find a good balance. Congratulations on the new grand baby, we our expecting ours in may too.


  9. Wendy I think it is great that you are putting you first for once! I know everyone loves the things you create so you must be so busy but sometimes it is just time. I think you will enjoy everything more with this new balance!
    Be blessed,

  10. Good for you!! I truley hope you do everything you want to. Enjoy your family, especially those grandbabies!! : )

  11. Hello and Happy 2016 Wendy!! Hope you remember me...I've been a long time gone... Sounds like you have done some serious soul-searching, and have made some wise decisions. I have never crafted as a livelihood/business...I'm far too slow (and lacking in talent most would say)...but do enough to know what a toll it must take on those who do. All I can say is "GOOD FOR YOU!" I don't make formal resolutions, but in my heart and soul, I know what I need to do, and pray each and every day that I'm guided more in those directions. I pray and hope the same for you. Your grandchildren are so very precious...congrats on the addition to the family to come!! Wishing you a wonderful new year filled with joys, blessings, and promises fulfilled.... Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  12. Hi Wendy, I had a nice visit tonight and you have the same plans that I do for the year. I have crafted many times but this was the first year I did not. I like prims and am glad I found your blog. I have a huge website and hope you c an visit my blog. Happy New Year!

  13. Hi Wendy, I just became a member of your blog. What an absolutely beautiful blog you have. It sounds like you are doing the right thing, slowing down to enjoy life and taking care of everything else that's important. I wish you the best, Kelly. I will also be back to enjoy your blog, can't wait!!!


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