First, here's how April went:Read four books. Only managed to read three books.
Sew 10 things. I sewed quite a few things, but didn't get ten done.
Write fiction. Haven't even started. Time to change my approach.
Make wall art. Well... I started my wall art, and my husband decided he wanted to take it to work and hang it in his office. It was not at all great. He's just sentimental. It did get me in gear to start a second piece.
Clean my office. Done! I got rid of quite a few things, and reorganized a lot of things.
Make PJ pants! I got my fabric out and realized the print was not ideal for what I had in mind. It was kind of a ombre that ran across the width of the fabric and it wasn't going to work. But... I did make a shirt that I had cut out over a year ago, that I found in my closet when I was cleaning. I didn't love the finished shirt, but at least I know some things about the pattern and I know that I don't want to make another shirt out of it without making some tweaks.
Open pop up Etsy shop to sell of some of fabric scraps. I ended up giving away a bunch of five inch squares for Sew Mama Sew's giveaway day, and bunch of scraps went in gallon zip lock bags for the thrift shop. I was able to downsize one whole bin of scraps. I don't feel like I need to open my Etsy shop up to sell scraps now.
May GoalsSo for May, I only have two goals, but they are big ones. Before I list them, just a bit of background- I've been listening to a ton of podcasts lately about productivity, creativity, and simplicity. I'm still reading Simple Abundance, and all this is spurring me on to be more creative, more simplistic, more positive, and more productive. So, that's why these goals are important to me.
1. Declutter my house! I started this project with my office, and have gone through my clothing, and some of my dishes so far. I've gotten rid of four boxes of stuff and it feels great. How much stuff do I have that I keep for "just in case" it fits again, or I suddenly like that color, or I want to make mini pies? Being unable to fit all my clothes in my dresser, find things under the sink, or get the kitchen utensil drawer open because it is too full is super annoying, wastes time, and wastes money when I buy something almost like something I already have because I couldn't find the original item. I can know fit all my clothes in my dresser, I've downsized my closet, and my china hutch is less crowded. It feels great and I want to be able to feel that way about every room. Our church is having a garage sale in early June and I'm purging my house of things to donate.
2. Create a morning ritual. One the podcasts I was listening to was talking about how a morning ritual is necessary for most people to be constantly creative. Sarah Ban Breathnach talks about it in Simple Abundance and Julia Cameron talks about it in The Artists Way. It's time to quit spending my mornings mindlessly surfing the web, and instead spend it reading, meditating, journalling, and or exercising. So, that's my goal for May- to make some morning rituals to get my days off to a good start.
If you want to see what everyone else is aiming for this month, check out The Monthly Goals Link-Up.
Read four books. Pretty much on my list for every month. Sew 10 things. Still tons of fabric in my stash to get through! Write fiction. (Attempt #2) Make wall art. (Attempt #2) Clean my office. It looks like I'm auditioning for Hoarders! Make PJ pants! (Attempt #2)