Monthly Archives: November 2012

All or nothing, or somewhere in between


I have been struggling the last month or so to get back into the swing of the things, and I think part of the problem was that my goals were looking increasingly unattainable. It’s an all or nothing kind of thinking that I often have problems with. Because I can’t do something perfectly, I won’t do it at all. Because I won’t be able to get it all done I don’t even do a little bit.

So this week I started to think in terms of what could I do by the end of the year. I gave myself permission to switch the goal posts. I’m not going to be able to lose 20 kilos by the end of the year, but I can aim for 6. I’m probably not going to finish the novel, but I can aim to have it be twice the size it is now. I may not have all my blocks as finished items but I can at least have them at the top stage.

Is it a cop-out? Maybe. But I think at the end of the day it’s about making progress, and by setting goals that are achievable I have actually been able to get moving again.

Quilt retreat


I have just come back from 2 nights at a quilt retreat about an hours drive from where I live. The place it is held is a school camp, so the accommodation is a bit basic but the surroundings are very beautiful. Also the food is fantastic, and it is amazing what it does to your productivity just having someone else do the cooking and washing up.

This is the view from the sewing room.

I didn’t take my machine, just loads of hand stuff. I have been making 4 inch blocks into coasters. Warning to all people who are related to me, you will be getting coasters for Christmas this year.