Does the following little video have you glancing in the mirror saying, “Oh my god! That’s me!” If so, then you’ll be happy to know I have a solution!
Yes, step by step, things are really starting to move forward in my little studio, here in Pennsylvania. Even during the process of preparing for shows, lectures, etc. I have remained focused on producing the ProFeather™ ruler AND the Perfect Plumes Class. No doubt it’s a lot to juggle, but I’m so excited that I’m putting the finishing touches on my newest ruler and class that I can’t set it aside now! Heck no! So be on the look out, they are coming your way very soon!!!
February where are you, where did you go? And did you take half of March with you? Will someone please find February, and for that matter, the beginning of March. I need them returned to me ASAP!
Goals, yes I have a few. You may be wondering why I’m sharing such things with you. Well, in order to accomplish these objectives, I felt if I shared them with all my quilting followers they would become a reality sooner rather than later. Nothing wrong with a little peer pressure.
The first on my little list “to do” is launching my newest feather’s class by April 1st, 2018. Although this will be a session for both domestic and longarm machines I will be rolling the session out to those using a domestic machine first (don’t worry longarm class will be following right behind). Then I will move forward, and create three additional classes by the end of this year. So if you want to learn something special…. let me know!
Next, I am introducing one on one consulting, which I am ecstatic to start! I offer one hour sessions with those needing guidance, and/or instruction on all the various aspects of this craft. Nothing is off-limits! We can discuss business, designing, quilting etc. I’ll be of service to my clients regarding any part of this industry, all you’ll need to do is schedule a consult!
Lastly, I’m really striving to hire my red-headed assistant full-time. My business is becoming more than a one woman job. It’s time for me delegate some aspects of this business to a coworker. Most of my days are spent cutting fabric; and constructing books for my kits and upcoming shows. We all know I’d rather be behind the machine, and bringing her on full-time would prove to be a great asset!
Because I’ve completed the final testing of my newest ruler, the feather ruler, now they are ready for production! I just need to get these lovely tools packaged and then we are ready to launch them your way! And should you all decide they are beneficial to your quilting I will pursue one or two more feather rulers. Your reaction to this initial product will determine the fate of future feather rulers.
This week I will be at the AQS Show in Lancaster! I’m hoping to see many familiar faces as I will hosting two lectures and taking in the show. Please make sure you stop and say hello if you happen to attend this event. Getting the chance to meet new peers and connect with fellow quilters puts a huge smile on my face!
If you are like me you have at least one bad habit that has become ingrained in you since you began quilting. It has probably become such a part of your quilting routine that you don’t even realize that it is occurring UNTIL the end of the day or UNLESS someone kindly points it out to you.
In a shocker my bad habit is wearing my shoulders as earrings. And I am quite sure many of you are nodding your head in agreement thinking, “Me too” or “Boy have I heard Lisa say that during one of her classes!” Posture, Posture, Posture! Letting my shoulders become one with my ears has me cursing myself crazy by the time I am finished quilting for the day. My neck aches, my shoulders feel stiff and my upper body feels very uncomfortable. A stiff, cranky Lisa is not a productive, happy Lisa. “Lower those shoulders” is stressed by me to all my students because IF I can prevent any feelings from transpiring like what is depicted below then it will be heard it again and again.
Yes, we all stumble and fall back into old patterns, but not trying to break them at all will only hinder our ability to succeed. Whether our habits are physical or mental let’s not let them deprive us of reaching our goals. So whenever I fall off the “good habit wagon” and realize I’m wearing earrings I just take a moment and think:
Do you have a habit that lingers in your quilting space? If so please share! If you have conquered a bad habit I ABSOLUTELY want to hear about your success and by all means how you accomplished the task. Remember I only listed one of a long list of habits that I should break while quilting. Perhaps one of my peers out there will give me the inspiration needed to work on another one!
The ball in Times Square counted down into the New Year, the radio stations revealed the top songs of 2016, and all the fashion magazines are now covered with the newest styles for 2017. So 2016 is part of my past and 2017 is now here and ready me for me to tackle. Which brings me to contemplating my goals for the next 12 months.
ENJOY and RISK
They may be two short words but behind those letters are huge meanings and an abundance of possibilities. The doors that will have the capability of opening, should I decide to turn the knob, is limitless.
Such a simple word; yet so often put aside throughout the course of my day. Finding “enjoyment” in my day is significant. Although I love quilting and all that my business encompasses, stress often swoops in and flies off with my positive energy. This is just unacceptable! So goal #1 is to be more mindful of the ENJOYMENT surrounding me. Whether it is the sound of my machine, a comment I have received, the many orders I have that need to be filled, homework with my youngest son, enjoyment can be found in abundance each day.
This word has me running scared!
What if I’m unsuccessful? What if I make the wrong decision? What if, what if, what if? Isn’t that the theme of life? And isn’t that what keeps many of us from growing in the business world and in our personal lives? Well, speaking for myself it most certainly does. The unknown is quite frightening; and holds me back. My reluctance in taking RISKS is keeping me from reaching and touching the stars. If I keep worrying about the “what ifs”, there will never be any reaching, never mind, touching the stars. This quilter wants to touch the stars and then head for the moon! So RISKS will be taken in the future. Whatever the outcome may be, I will learn and grow for each one. Moreover, I will ENJOY the fact that I actually worked on goal #2 for 2017 and took some RISKS!
Do you have any goals for 2017? Whether it is related to quilting or not, I’d love to hear from you. We gain inspiration from one another, so your comment might just be the motivation someone else needs, SO PLEASE share!