My Goals for 2017 (and Beyond)

In 2016, I certainly had a few goals that slipped by me.  It wasn't a smooth year by any means.  As I transition toward 2017, I thought I'd share my goals for the upcoming year.  Perhaps it is a little bit of accountability by sharing them, or maybe it just makes them more of a real commitment when I type them here instead of a languishing list in my notebook.  

Whatever the case, my goals for 2017 are varied and some aren't exactly measurable, but they represent what I'd like to work towards over at least the next 12 months.  I broke them up into categories, and some may overlap to an extent.


Refine--my budget; my daily routine; my writing practice

Create--a business plan; 52 multimedia art quilts; an editorial calendar for my website

Organize--my closet; my office; my quilting supplies; my budget

Simplify--my wardrobe; my routines; my home

Travel to--Mount Rushmore; Las Vegas (to go to Boot Star for a new pair of boots); the ocean, just to sit and relax

Believe--that I have so much to offer

Become--a woman with a quiet, patient, and loving heart in ALL circumstances (and just be a hermit I jotted down, too)

Prioritize--self-care by doing one thing for myself every day

Practice--writing daily; having a daily routine; saying "no" without guilt

Redo--my sewing studio and home office set up

Attend--Husky football games; at least half the parties I'm invited to (I usually decline invitations)

Eliminate--clutter throughout my home; feelings of self-doubt; debt

Improve--my sense of self confidence and self-esteem, even in adversity

Learn--6 new quilting techniques; to let go; 12 new pie recipes

Help--teach others to quilt and make multimedia art quilts

Allow--myself some grace and compassion

Delegate--chores to my son

Give--second chances; quilts; love; away unwanted possessions

Minimize--spending; relying on others; saying too much

Release--thinking that other people's choices are a reflection of who I am, my value, and my worth

Do More--tidying up; letting go of things; forgiving others

Do Less--ruminating over things I cannot control or change

Read--12 classic novels (including modern classics)  I'll post a list of the 12 I selected soon.

Try Out--Playing the guitar again.  I haven't picked up a guitar since I was 19 years old, but I've already secured some lessons to give it a go again.


I might sound a little Pollyanna for some of those things, but it gives me an idea of where I want to head in the coming year.  I lost my motivation the past few months, so I'm working towards finding that part of my life that brings a lot more joy to my days.

Do you have new goals for 2017?  

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