Challenge Yourself in 2020!

Challenge yourself in 2020, and a new vision will come!

Okay, that’s enough of the 2020 vision puns for me, but I’m sure that Dwyn will be taking it a whole lot further, so I’ll let her carry it through the year. I learn by osmosis, so I may not be able to help myself, but I’ll certainly try.

The end of this year has been quite challenging for me, since I slipped on the ice. It’s amazing how a small elbow crack, can hamper the work that you do. However, you make do, because nothing else is possible! Self-pity is simply not an option!!

I have not been able to do any beading, and only a little stitching, but I’m getting better every day. No, I’m not overdoing it, but I am trying to overcome my issues. I’m getting better at using my non-dominant hand, not lifting, or pushing anything heavy, using a cart to carry things around at work, yet never daring to chop veggies, with the big knife, or even use the can opener. Do you realize that it’s almost impossible for a right-handed person, to use a can opener with your left hand? Try it! I was able to move it a couple of inches, but it really wasn’t either convenient, or comfortable, so I reverted to taking my time, then dealing with a little pain!! It’s hard to make a tuna casserole, without tuna, but I did consider it!!

A friend gifted me with a whole wack of watercolour paper, so now I need to challenge myself to either use it, sell some, or re-gift portions of it to worthy causes. I decided that watercolour jewelry is on the menu for 2020, but I’m not sure which form it will take. I am working on some watercolour/resin cuffs, but they’re still in the early stages of production. Starting with a fairly simple concept, I’m now working out the logistics, with a class tentivly scheduled for late March (not on the schedule yet, but soon). But even as I design the process, I’m already thinking of the next steps! My first workshop will introduce the concepts, but then that will lead into more challenging projects, as my arm heals. But a big warning, I have tons of ideas rolling around in my head!!

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Just the beginning! I plan to take these further…

I’m going to challenge myself to start a 2020 Stitch Meditation project, but I have no idea what it will look like yet. I did finish my goal of 100 2” x 2” “Twinchies” in 2019, and the following are the results of that challenge. They’re almost all here, but a few stragglers didn’t fit into the grids of 16 pieces. I’ll post them at a later date.

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Yet I slacked off on my Bead Journal Project spools, but I hope to continue with that series in 2020. My object is to bead 12 spools, but I only have 3 finished. I had too much else going on in my life.

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Bead embroidery took a back seat, but I want to introduce new classes this year. I expect that they will include mixed media, because that’s such a large part of me, that I’ll never be a purist.

My take on goals, is that they’re a moving target, so I’ve learned to be very flexible. Do not set yourself goals that are impossible to attain, or make you feel guilty about not accomplishing them. Use them as guidelines, to continue to stretch and challenge yourself, but remember that they do need to be realistic, and attainable. Think about them carefully, before committing!

I wish you all a happy, healthy, and creative new year! Challenge yourself to learn something new, deal with any creative limitations, and simply enjoy being present in 2020! It’s going to be an exciting year, so get ready for a thrilling ride!

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