Monday, August 26, 2013

Back to School

Today is the first day of school in Chicago. A big shout-out to all my teacher friends and parent friends and student friends. You all lived through it!

Back to School has me thinking about goal-setting. I have been very lax about goal-setting in the past because I felt trapped by my personal circumstances. Now I have a clean slate, so it's time to put on my big-girl pants and set some goals.

I'm getting more and more concerned about the long-term health consequences of the excess weight that I carry around, so this week I'm starting the Flat Belly Diet. I had great success with it in 2010, before Michael's illness caused me to turn back to my emotional eating ways. It's a great eating plan. Four 400-calorie meals a day. Each meal includes a monounsaturated fat like olives or nuts or dark chocolate, plus lean proteins and fruits and vegetables. In 2010, I lost 11 pounds in the first two weeks. So Goal #1 is to Get Healthy.

I'm thinking and praying about participating in a craft show at the DuPage County fairgrounds in November. I'm thinking about it because it would be a lot of travel back and forth from Chicago for two days, and the small booths cost $150 for the two days. I'm also thinking and praying about creating my own craft show in Rogers Park sometime in December. Less travel, less cost. More name recognition for me. So Goal #2 is to Participate in a Craft Show.

 I'm delighted to be creating a home with my wonderful roommate (whose birthday is today), Ms. Sarah Bell. The past three weeks have been great fun deciding where things go and adding to the comfort of our domicile as we go. Sarah's most recent addition is a chalkboard wall in the kitchen for messages and doodling, which has been very fun so far. So Goal #3 is to Maintain a Comfortable Home.

 I'm becoming more and more aware of a horrible habit I have in my friendships, where I tend to take for granted that the people who are the most important to me will always be there when I need them, no matter how much or little attention I pay to them on a regular basis. So far, it's worked out for me -- a testament to my faithful friends, not the quality of relationship I offer. But this has recently become unacceptable to me. So Goal #4 is to Nurture My Friendships.

 I also really want to learn how to sew like a champ. It's a great skill to have as a creative outlet, and it will also serve me well professionally. So Goal #5 is to Really Learn to Sew.

In the past, I've alluded to my desire to take my crocheting to the next level and to create more daring designs. Let's make that a goal, shall we? Goal #6 is to Crochet More Difficult Stuff.

So these are my Back-to-School goals, friends. I share them with all of you in this public forum so that I will be held accountable for them. I'll post updates to let you know how I'm doing on all this stuff. Meanwhile, your prayers and positive thoughts would be appreciated!

That's the news for now, darlings. No Stitch 'n' Bitch tonight, as it is Sarah's birthday and she must be celebrated. So until next time, as always, Peace, (radical) Love, and Yarn!! XOXOXO

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