Here are some of my Pinterest plans for 2014:
I'd really like to do some more painting. I've had the paint for my son's dresser for months, and now that I've discovered the (purported) wonders of chalk paint, I want to paint ever worn-out, hand-me-down, yard-sale piece of furniture we own. Also, the kitchen, living room, and powder room.
This winter I have every intention of doing some fun snowflake crafts like these, and I think this would be a cheery, easy, and inexpensive winter door wreath. Also, Maggie and I are definitely going to make these or these. Or perhaps both.
I want to do more sewing. I have a pair of jeans that are too long, and I still haven't recovered the free chair from Brian's aunt and uncle (though I've bought and cut out the material), and I think making new pillow covers would give a couple of our rooms a lift (these or if I'm feeling super ambitious, this). I also just hatched the idea of a crocheted throw for our bed. How about this pattern in greens? And I want to reattach some heirloom lace to new pillowcases since the old pillowcases fell to tatters. And I think it would be fun to fancy up some of our napkins with embroidery (personalized or whimsical patterns?)
I'm always attracted to girls' clothing patterns (like this or this), and I really ought to finish the garland for Maggie's room I abandoned around October for holiday-themed projects. I want to convert a portion of her closet into a reading nook similar to this one, and I want to give more thought to initial art like this button M or self-standing letters I can paint myself.
As for cooking, I want to make weekly use of the slow cooker, at least through the cool months. There seem to be endless posts on easy, crockpot meals, but the one I've got in mind to start January off with is this one even though I know my kids won't eat it. Some other recipes I'm are eyeing are this one, this one, and this one.
I am nothing if not ambitious, am I not? And I've hardly scratched the surface of my Pinterest inspiration. I have several more intriguing, clever projects up my sleeves. And the Advent calendars I plan to start right away so they will be done in a year.
But then, there's the word I selected for OneWord365. Who's ready for the big reveal? It's...present. As in my present to my family is to be present. Get it? There is so much pun potential.
I am an INFJ usually. Everyone once in awhile I am an INSJ. Very borderline on that third letter. Either way, I am certainly a J, and as I understand it, that means I am a "finisher." And it is true that I don't like to leave a project unfinished. Checking tasks off my list brings me great satisfaction. One negative result of being a "finisher" is that I am often with my projects in my head, thinking of the next step and itching to get at it, rather than with my husband or my children. I wake up and immediately start planning out my day; at any down moment, I am thinking about what I could be accomplishing; I go to sleep at night thinking about what I will get done the next day. My brain is very seldom at rest.
The upside of this is that I am extremely efficient. I can get things done fast and often well. But, on the other hand, I don't want to look back on these years with my children and know that I spent more time on my phone or with my glue gun than with them. So, present is the word of the year. I believe mindfulness is also used, but I like present.
So that whole Pinterest intro served two purposes:
1. To point out what I am trying to leave behind. I want to try to take on fewer projects so that I my attention is less diverted. I used to start several and then feel crazy because I was juggling too much. Now I am trying to start fewer (I'll try to stick to one at a time) and give them my time when someone important to me doesn't need it.
2. To make a list of projects that appeal to me that I can refer to when I don't need to be present elsewhere. That keeps the ideas from spinning around in my head. I actually learned this trick from the best therapist I ever had who had me keep a notebook where I could write down worries. Once I wrote them down, I could let them go. Any anxious people out there might try this; it's a good technique.
And, so far, so good, in the new year. I am having some success keeping my attention on what is happening at the moment. When I'm playing with my kids or eating dinner with my family, I try to think about what a pleasure those activities are instead of thinking of what I need to get done. When I'm cleaning bathrooms or doing dishes, I try to keep my mind on those tasks to keep from feeling overwhelmed by what all needs to be cleaned. I'm trying to leave my phone behind (sometimes).
Anyone else doing OneWord365?