Friday, January 2, 2009

Goodbye 2008…Hello 2009!

This is the time of year when most people look back over the past year’s accomplishments and forward to the New Year, with new goals and new hope and, hopefully, with renewed enthusiasm.

I have to say I am pretty happy that 2008 is finally over. What a challenging year! But I am happy with what I have accomplished in the past year and I am optimistic about the future.

Looking forward to next year, I will be going to Pittsburgh in May at invitation of Nancy Dill,, to introduce my new quilt book, "Moon Dance" at the annual International Spring Quilt Market. I am thrilled to be able to go! This will be a real first for me!

I want to go to both the International Quilt Market and Quilt Festival in Houston next October. My quilting friend Cathy (from Florida) has suggested we meet there. That is an important goal for me and I will find a way to make it happen.

I am looking forward to more teaching opportunities; I have two trunk shows scheduled and would love to do more; I am currently working on a commission to be completed in January and hope for several more; and finally – I am contemplating writing another book in the next year or two. No rush deadlines this time, especially not right before Christmas like I had this year! And, of course. I want to get some new individual quilt patterns finished and on the market.

I want to continue growing my design business while also still enjoying my life. I want to continue to expand my skills and try branching out in new directions in my designs, my writing and my quilt making.

So what are your goals and aspirations for the coming year? Are you optimistic about the future or do you have your doubts?

I am a true believer that if you really want something and focus completely on that goal, visualizing it as if it has already been achieved, you can have anything you want or reach any goal. It is called the Law of Attraction and much has been written about it in recent years. Trust me, it works!

I wish you all the very best in the coming year! Keep those creative juices flowing!

Cary Flanagan

Something Sew Fine Quilt Design

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