My studio, my special haven from the rest of the world where I spend 99.9999% of each day, could use a little TLC. I would venture to say that my work space would beg and plead for a bit of love if it had the ability to do so. Now I’m not indicating that I should apply to be on one of those HGTV shows that would come in and gut my studio in order to make it look like a quilters dream room. No things aren’t that bad, at least not yet. But I would agree that if I had to pick one aspect of my studio that I could improve upon it would be bringing “organization” into these four walls. I know where my materials and tools are generally located, I could easily find them blindfolded (I think); BUT obtaining them more efficiently wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. AND having fabric, rulers, shipping materials etc., displayed in a manner that was aesthetically pleasing to the eye would be a bonus! Overall I am quite confident that bringing that one word, organization, into this studio would infuse a calmer energy during each work day.
This might just have to go on my 2017 “to do” list, or is that what red-headed assistants are hired for? OR maybe Jo Jo and Chip Gaines will feel adventurous and find themselves traveling to Pottstown PA to give this quilter some “Fixer Upper” pointers?
Unrealistic I know, but a girl can dream can’t she?!
Is there an aspect of your quilting work space that needs to be improved upon, or changed?
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!