Monday, December 17, 2018

2018 Goal Review and 2019 Goals

I can't believe that 2018 is almost gone! It seems like it was just the summer and yet we are just a few days away from Christmas.

My wonderful bloggy friend Yvonne, who blogs are Quilting Jetgirl, hosts an annual planning party to layout goals for the upcoming year. I thought that I would use this post to first go back to my 2018 goals to see if I had actually accomplished them and then post my 2019 goals.  There are tons of great prizes for linking up (I am a sponsor).

2018 Goal Check-In

My main goal and word for 2018 was to be BALANCE.  I set less goals for myself this past year to help bring more balance and a smaller to-do list.

On my list were:
  • Launch of the Modern Plus Sign Quilt book (including a book hop, Quilt Market, guild lectures/workshops) ✅
  • Host the Modern Plus Sign Sampler quilt alongcombining almost all of the plus signs from the book into a lap sized sampler. The QAL kicked off in July. ✅
  • Host a twice yearly Tips and Tutorials Festival with Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl. ✅
  • Make at least 4 charity quilts ✅ (I made and donated five)
  • Host the Best of 2018 Linky Party ✅ (starts right after Christmas)

Due to the book launch (and associated book blog hop, magazine submissions, and sampler) along with saying "yes" to too many commitments made for a very stressful first half of 2018.  It never seemed that I could get ahead of my to-do list, I was always doing things right before they were due.  Here were my thoughts on the first half of 2018.

I am happy to say that the second half of this year has been much less stressful and more balanced.  My last quilt that I was committed to making was finished in July.  Since then, I have actually had time to make quilts just for the fun of it and get back to being organized and working ahead on my to-dos.

2019 Goals

I have really enjoyed having a more relaxed and less "have to" sewing the second half of 2018 and I am planning on continuing this into 2019.  I am being very selective to what I commit to.

My main goal and word for 2019 is going to be SHARE.

I am planning to share my joy and knowledge of quilting with others in the upcoming year.  For this goal I am focusing on teaching (I will be teaching at QuiltCon 2019 and my teaching schedule for the entire year is almost completely booked), making more charity quilts to share joy with others, and hosting another mystery quilt starting this summer.    

Here are some of the more concrete items:
  • Design and host the next mystery quilt starting this summer
  • Host a twice yearly Tips and Tutorials Festival with Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl.
  • Make at least 6 charity quilts 
  • Host the Best of 2019 Linky Party
  • Quilt pattern for the 2020 Quilters Planner
  • Become a better quilt teacher.
How are your 2019 plans shaping up?  You can read all of the 2019 planning posts at Yvonne's #2019PlanningParty.


  1. Congratulations on achieving balance in the second half of 2019, as well as on your wonderful book of modern plus sign quilts! Your plans for 2019 look interesting and doable. Good luck! I have a plan concocted to sew my library, which is full of untapped resources.

  2. Sounds like the second half of your year was just what you wanted :) I love the word share as your word for next year and it sounds like you have some great goals to allow you to do just that.

  3. Success does bring a bit of stress, congratulations on all your achievements.

  4. Sounds like a lot of accomplishments for 2018! Your 2019 is sounding like it's going to be great, too. I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines!

  5. Wonderful job! I like that you pick a word; I am going to think about that this year.

  6. I am so glad that you were able to find a better balance at the end of 2018 and I am very excited for your goal of "share" in 2019. I think it is awesome that you are already booked up for teaching - the people who have booked you are very lucky!!! I hope you have a fantastic year and thank you so much for linking up. :)

  7. A booked up teaching schedule, that is a wonderful start for 2019, and to be able to fit in time for quilts for others and a new mystery, I think your days will be filled to the brim. But if you know the dates, can fit some fun time for yourself in between, that will be the balance to give some restful days. A great word that means so much.

  8. Thank you for bringing me to the link-up. And good luck with all your projects.

  9. You've definitely had a successful year in 2018 and it looks like 2019 should be good too with some very concrete plans. I've been doing a bit of re-organising of my time to get my life to work better too and it's worked out great! With one day a week that is not totally flat out I'm much more relaxed. Happy Christmas and all the best for 2019!

  10. Great goals. You always amaze me at hoe much you accomplish in a year.

  11. Well done on your goals! I think your 2019 goals are great. I look forward to the mystery QAL. Thank you for sharing. I have learned a lot from all the bloggers I follow.

  12. This year had to be both very gratifying with the book being published and exhausting with all the commitments that brought. Glad you were able to find better balance the last half of the year. Good like you with your aspirations for 2019. I'm looking forward to another mystery!

  13. Your goals sound wonderful! I think 2019 will be as great as 2018 for you. =)

  14. Love your word choice for 2019. Its a perfect one!

  15. You had such a busy year Cheryl! I hope you get some rest and relaxation along with the sharing in 2019. Your patterns are very clear so I am sure you will do a good job of teaching.

  16. Your quest to create more balance is wonderful. And I am glad you made a lot of improvements over the year. I can see why it was so hard in the beginning - you had an amazing, succesful 2018. I could steal this part "more relaxed and less "have to" sewing" :) Wishing you all the best for the new year!

  17. Yes to being selective of which opportunities to pursue. Wishing you the best of luck in 2019.