I found this quote on one of those one-day-to-a-page desktop flip calendars at work. The old fashioned ones, with almost see-through paper. The quote really hit a nerve. It’s so unlike me. I’m absolutely not an inspirational quote kind of girl.
When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word ‘succeed’, you find it simply means to follow through.
However. I’m a compulsive project-starter…and, I think, not so much a compulsive project-finisher. I feel the need to get better at following through – and getting to the end of things. I need more persistence in my life. If I’m honest, I’m a crafting goldfish. I get distracted by all the pretty things and endless possibilities.
In craft terms, I think more follow through will help me reduce the size of my stash, bring order to my crafting space, and go some way towards clearing my conscious. For some reason, I always end up feeling guilty leaving something unfinished – even if I’m the only one who knows the project exists.
To that end, I’m going to keep myself honest by creating a work in progress page – and keeping it updated. It’s not revolutionary, but copied – I have good blogging friends who have the same. First on the list – my Magrathea which is growing slowly, a quilt panel which I’m hand quilting for Elena to take to school for nap time, the cotton cardi I started for Hugo (which is only missing cuffs and the neckband)…and my current chicken coop work in progress.
And well, I guess I could do with more follow-through in my general life as well. I imagine a neater house, a better organised budget, more name tags sewn into children’s school clothes, a tidier garden. I wonder?
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I think that’s a great start.