I dislike new years resolutions. I know of no one that keeps them for more than a few months at best. But I have some challenges I want to meet.
I want to sew 6 quilts this year. It breaks down to a quilt every two months, or 6 done in November and December. Depends on my level of lazy. I'm ahead of the curve though, I've already got strips cut for one of the quilts, the Chevron. I want to do a Chevron, a Crazy Quilt, disappearing 9 patch, an art quilt, the Loving Tree quilt, and a Star Wars applique checkerboard quilt.
I must admit, I'm enjoying quilting much more than I thought I would. I am fond of saying that I detest hand a sewing, but hand embroidery is a different animal altogether. I quite like it. It started with a casual conversation with one of my coworkers about an art show that I've got coming up and I mentioned that I was thinking we doing a small crazy quilt (there are size restrictions in this show that make painting problematic, I like my big ass canvases). I'd seen crazy quilts before and it seems interesting. Turns out his mother has written several books on the subject. So I got a little inspired. Its kind of snowballed.
I challenge myself to do yoga every day this year. I love my Bikram classes. So. So. Much. If I could afford it in time or money I would do it every day. But I don't have that luxury. In time or money. But I CAN do at least a little yoga every day. I don't care if I do nothing more than a corpse posse, just as long as I do something. You know what, doesn't even have to be any of the poses. Meditation is very yoga. Anything done mindful is yoga. Yoga dishes. Yoga kitchen clean up. I like it.
I'm noticing such huge changes in my body since I started my regular practice. I can't wait to see how this continues.
I need to get my work into coffee shops and galleries. Now that I've got a couple of shows under my belt (read 2), I want to work on getting some of my stuff displayed around town. I'm prepping for another show now, but in the spring I'll be getting pictures for my portfolio and heading out to coffee shops and small galleries to see if there is any interest.
I'm not expecting to to get anything on my first go round, but it never hurts to get my name and my work out there. This is what I want to do with the rest of my life, so baby steps. Right?
I'm challenging myself to enter every art show that comes my way. I need to be able to work with a deadline, and not just willy nilly whenever I feel it. As long as I'm present in my studio, the muse will come. Maybe not every time, but the more I work, the more the muse will be there. Which reminds me, I need to borrow those Tori Amos CDs from Andi. Music feeds the muse.
I will do more full moon and Circle work. I keep meaning to widen my Heathen/Pagan tribe, and this seems a good way to do it. I love my solitary practice, but I'd like do move more into a small group setting. The trick will be finding a group that I'm comfortable with and that is comfortable with me. Finding the right tribe is tricky. So many opinions and personalities. I'm not guessing I'll find the right group this year, but I'll lay the ground work to find it. And even if it never happens, at lest I've tried.