Happy New Year and a One-word New Year’s Resolution!

Each year, as the year gets close to the end, I always wonder how can it be over already. It seems like only a few months have passed. I think working hard and working with something I love makes the time fly faster. I love creating both new art and new quilting/sewing designs so the days just whiz by.

Thinking ahead to the new year always brings thoughts of new resolutions. But by January 10th or so (if that long), they are usually forgotten as I’ve settled back into my normal daily routine. So, I’ve settled on one word for next year’s resolution – TRY. That’s all one can do, and my “try” will be trying some new things and some new directions as well expanding on the things I’m already doing. OK, I know there’s only so many hours in the day to “try” to squeeze my new resolution in, but there are some 2-word sub-resolutions that can help, “Better Organization” or “Less Sleep” (I really don’t like the last one so I need to work on the first).

New Years resolution - try

TRY reminds me of an old saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”. I’m not quite sure I like that saying because you don’t have to fail or not succeed to keep trying. By trying, you can improve on something good or successful. TRY can also cover a multitude of plans, from trying to be a better person to trying to keep my plants alive by remembering to water them.

Thinking back over the past year, I am thankful for many things. Foremost, I’m thankful for my family and friends. My son moved back to Birmingham this year, to my delight, so I get to see him much more often. I enjoyed spending more time with other members of my family as well as friends.

I am thankful for all of you who read my blog, comment or send me emails. You all mean more to me than you know!

I wish each of you a great and Happy New Year, peace and happiness!  I hope your wishes and dreams come true!



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  1. I totally agree, when you love what you’re doing, time just whizzes by at an amazing speed.

    I’ve been three words of intention for next year. Well, two are carry overs from the past, colour and inspiration, and my new word is “new beginnings”.

    All the best for 2012 Phyllis. Hope to meet up with you somewhere!


  2. I love your thinking and I do prefer the shorter version, just TRY! So happy your son is closer, enjoy! Hope to see you this summer.

    Wishing you a safe and happy new year 🙂

  3. Happy New Year, Phyllis! I’m not one for resolutions, but you can’t miss with this one. I may even “try” that one myself. 🙂

  4. Happy new Year Phyllis…I look forward to seeing all the wonderful things you come up with in the new year.
    May you always have enough fabric & spray paint..lol

  5. That’s me, too. Try to accomplish more of the sewing on my list and organize the sewing room. More helping where God has given me the ability to serve.

    Happy New Year Phyllis.

    Love the Spice Cats quilt. Your “try” keeps bringing delights to many.

  6. I like your word!!! Happy New Year!!

  7. Hi Phyllis – I like your ‘Try’ resolution. I believe it is very sound advise and a great goal, heading in to 2012. I look forward to seeing the new things you will be trying. Also I am delighting with you re: having your son living close by once again. 😉

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