A year ago, Kelly from the blog Charming Chatter began an online club, The Charming Girls' Quilt Club. The online club appealed to me, but it wasn't realistic for me to add something to my schedule at that time. Kelly has announced a new year for the club, included with the sewing goals are personal growth goals. A year makes a big difference in life. I'm in a transition stage from working full-time as an elementary school librarian/media specialist to full-time retired educator :) I'm exploring lots of POSSIBILITIES. I love lists (especially crossing off completed items) and setting goals so the CGQ Club is a good fit at this time for me.The club members post their goals for a two month period. I like that flexibility. The July/August Club Goal is
Here are my goals for July/August
1. At the top of the list is MOVEMENT. I have inherited my Dad's arthritis and joint problems. Sitting for too long a time period is a big problem. My goal is to WALK outdoors or Ride my stationary bike for a minimum of 20 minutes a day. The stationary bike is great for the summer heat. It's inside in the air-conditioning:) I can do it anytime of the day. I love walking in our neighborhood. My Walking Parter, Rusty, needs to move too. He's put on a pound or two in the last year and that's not good for his back.
We've already hit the streets of our neghborhood a couple of times this week. When we get home our tails and tongues are dragging:)
I did order some new walking shoes.
They are turquoise blue and wonderfully comfortable. Pink on my walking socks helps sorting laundry in my mostly male household. Walking is also good because it gives me time to think, reflect, and pray.
2. I've had some scheduling problems with my yearly mammogram. The center canceled on me and I canceled on them a time or two. I need to get it on my schedule again and show up this time. I did see my Primary Care Physician for an annual physical in June. That's a big check DONE on my list.
3. Explore POSSIBILITIES for life after the time that "Teachers Go Back To School" in early August. This is when I will begin to feel what retirement will mean for me. I don't want to commit to activities and responsibilities too soon. I want to explore activities (water movement classes) trips (Houston Quilt Festival) and volunteer opportunities (book fairs, church, guild, neighborhood) It's been since my college days that I had any flexibility in my schedule.
4. Blog more frequently. I love blogging, have many ideas and photos, but haven't developed a consistent habit.
5. Clean one drawer or closet daily
7. Read books on dementia and take notes for my brothers and SILs. Our dad has advanced stage dementia. We thought some of his actions were because he could always be a bit stubborn. We are learning that his behavior is classic for the type of dementia he has. I'm doing the research to share with my family.
1. Finish the secret sewing project. Otherwise known as the SS Project. Also know as Mud, Stones, Men's Suit. :)
2. Sew White Chocolate rows into a completed quilt top.
3. Complete my Rural Jardin Between Charming Friends Quilt
4. Finish Imagine, my new Scnibbles
5. Finish cutting the black and white baby quilt
6. Finish cutting the red, white and blue quilt from my stash for a project in the book 40 Fabulous Quick Cut Quilts
Probably more goals than I can accomplish, but I've found that somehow things get done when I have a plan in mind.
Thank you, Kelly for this wonderful challenge. I'm looking forward to a year in the Charming Girls Quilt Club.