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2018 Plans

This is probably too much, but evened out over one year it's probably doable, right?

Draw more
I used to be good at art... like, 25-30 years ago. (omg it's been that long) Then I got a job and stopped doodling and drawing and lost it all.
So I have a lightly used sketchbook, and I figure if I doodle some every day, I'll get better just by experience. It will be frustrating. I will not be happy with my first doodles. But I have to restart somewhere.

Duolingo
At least a month's worth. Anything else is gravy. I know this seems like a low bar, but in 2017 I managed about 4 months uninterrupted before I finally got burnt out. Better to do a month and take a break if I have to.

Exercise more
A perennial favorite! But yeah I do have to do this. For real. I've given Huxrin permission to nag me about this. I don't think I'm going to lose any weight (see health posts about that) but the exercise alone would help me. I may do the thing where you pick a destination, calculate the mileage to "walk" to that place, and make that my goal: walk that many miles and see if I can "reach" that destination. Some of these will be easier than others (Alaska is 4k+ miles and not, I think, achievable in one year for me).

Get three quilts done
This is "get them absolutely completed, backed, quilted, and bound" and not just "finish the top" which is what I do a lot of.
I have, idk, 24 tops or so? And at least one of them could stand to get finished and become a gift for someone this year. But it would be really good to sell some of these so I can afford to get the other ones finished.
(Yes, we have done the math on this and realized that in the long run, it saves money to buy the four-figure longarm quilter we don't have room for and can't afford.)

Learn paper piecing
This is one of the projects I have planned for 2018, actually. At least one of the Alaska kits involves paper piecing, which scares me to death, but sooner or later I have to learn how to do this. Probably after that, I'll be fine, but gotta get started on it.

Eat better
I reeeeally need to do this. Less sugar, less refined stuff, fewer chips, just fewer food overall. Really. (Also this may work with "exercise more" in terms of losing weight, but also my new insurance is going to be all Big Brother about it and give me bonuses if I manage to Live More Healthy.)

Further items to be added as events warrant

Under the cut: Craft-specific lists.
So far I only have 12 items that I really want to work on in 2018. (Big surprise, right?) However, I completed 2 of them in the last few days of 2017. Autumn Leaves is on hold because it isn't paper piecing after all, and I tried to do it as patchwork and I have no freakin' idea how they got the blocks to look so even. I'm not a novice at this, but still! So while I'd love to work on this one at last, it's still on hold because jeez louise this pattern is not easy.



These next two are lists of the quilt tops that need to be made into full quilts. I could swear there are at least 2 more that I've forgotten, but if I find them I'll add them. Suffice to say: I have way too many of these and I need to get them finished.





(oops, I forgot to take the "allpeoplequilt" thing off the bottom when I modified these)

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ringsandcoffee
Dec. 31st, 2017 11:06 pm (UTC)
I swear I saw something about going 2,018 miles in 2018. That would be 5.52876712 mi/day. Seeing as when I was running, I got about 4.5 miles each time, there's no way I could do 2,018.
laridian
Jan. 1st, 2018 12:33 am (UTC)
My aunt told us about that. Mom and I discussed it, but yes, it would be way too much for us to do. We'd have to have a team to do it so we could collectively get enough mileage, but even so - as soon as you fall behind (travel, illness, emergencies) you can't catch up. And to get the app that tracks everything, it's $25 to register and sign up for this.

We've decided instead to do "walk to Disney World" which is 990 miles from us. That's still a lot of mileage for the two of us, but it's a lot more achievable in one year. And we can track it on a Google Docs spreadsheet for free.
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