You may recall that in December I instituted a Plan for 2008. I wanted to cut down on the stash acquisition/new starts and focus more on finishing some of those many WIPs I have on the go. Currently I have 14 official WIPs (plus the Neighborhood RR, plus Snow Bunnies, plus those two Prairie Schooler bookmarks I’m about to start). Since instituting The Plan, I haven’t finished anything. Granted, I have done ok about not buying new stash really (mainly due to that whole pesky not having a job thing). It occurred to me the other day, as I was listening to a podcast – what would it be like to finish a project (or be close to finishing it) and to go out and purchase a new chart, fabric and thread for my next project. What would that be like? I’ve been re-reading A New Earth along with Oprah and friends (I previously read the book in a class a year or so ago). It is all about being in the present moment (same premise as his previous book, The Power of Now). And thinking about being in the present moment, made me realize that I am always thinking about the next thing, the new thing, where am I going to be after this. Perhaps, by getting to that place of purchasing the next project as you finish one, it allows you to be closer to that present moment. The celebration of finishing something with a new piece. Now, I know I am getting all philosophical about stitching, but the same could be applied to my books. I am currently reading four books officially (I think there are others I’ve started but never finished and forgotten about). I have more books than I know what to do with. That’s not to say I’m going to run right out and get rid of all the books. But, I think there is also something to be said for finishing a book, and then purchasing a new one. One that appeals to you right in that moment. I don’t know if I will ever get to that place of finish one/buy one. But, it seems like a good thing to work towards.
Based on The Plan, my first focus projects of the year are supposed to be Mystery 9, Tesori d’Italia and Barnabee’s Quest. I allowed myself a new start on January 1st (ok two new starts) – Red Thread series and Mermaids of the Deep Blue (both SALs). I think I’ve done really well the past month or so on Barnabee, since instituting Just Nan Sundays. I’ve finally completed Part 2, and as you can see above, I’ve made a good start on Part 3. This weekend I stitched the border, the row of pansies, the row of caterpillars, and made a start on the row of ducks (these are over one, so you know how that goes!). I’m really pleased with my progress, and I can definitely see a finish on the horizon. I am now reminding myself that Mystery 9 and Tesori both are needing to see some attention too. So, I’m going to try to get back with The Plan, and refocus my energy on what I already have started.
Just Nan Sundays will continue, and I hope that I can get in a little on the other two throughout the rest of the week. Let’s see how that goes. What’s that phrase – the road to hell is paved with good intentions? Well, let’s hope not.
The current state of affairs:
Stitching WIPs – 16
Total charts (not yet stitched) – 338
Reading WIPs – 4
Total books (not yet read) – 201
And just as an additional reminder to myself – reading those books and finishing my stitching WIPs are both on my 101 Thing List. I hope I haven’t bored you with all my meanderings here, it just is really hitting me that my overabundance of stuff is affecting all areas of my life, including losing weight. I think that by taking a serious look at this area, I can make some changes in others. Can getting rid of stash help you lose weight? We’ll see!
I am grateful for doing yoga this morning.