Remember when I said that I’d be posting on Sunday mornings? I’ve already lied to you. It’s Wednesday, and here’s another new post for you.
It’s the first Wednesday of the month.
I want to introduce you to a project I’m starting, and even though this is a life project, I can’t seem to separate it from a crochet metaphor in my mind. It goes like this:
If you’re a yarn crafter, you know how tempting it can be to gather patterns for projects you would love to make. You may even go so far as to buy the yarn, but let’s face it, some projects never get started.Even more projects never get finished. My life feels kind of like my yarn stash right now. It’s a mix of exciting possibilities, overwhelming potential, and a bit of guilt for letting some endeavors sit for so long. (I’m thinking of you, granny square blanket that I started in 2015).
Since teaching myself to crochet, I’ve gotten better about not abandoning projects as often. I try to set more realistic project goals and try to only buy yarn when I have a particular pattern in mind.
Maybe crochet can imitate life like life imitates art.
So why don’t I approach my personal goals in the same manner as my crocheting habits? It’s more difficult, I suppose. But I can work on it.
To showcase their projects on social media, the crochet community will often post pictures on Wednesdays as part of “Work in Progress Wednesday” or “WIP Wednesday.” Since there is yarn all over my house and (let’s be real) probably a ball of yarn rolling around in my head somewhere, I figured I might as well bring this practice here.
On the first Wednesday of every month, I’m going to set a goal for the next four weeks. A work in progress for my life that month. When that month ends and the next first Wednesday comes around, I’ll let you know how my goal went and tell you what my next goal will be.
So what’s my goal this month?
I want to center my first WIP around reading. This month, it’s my goal to read two books. You may think, “Christine, that doesn’t sound like much of a goal.” But if you stay tuned for this Sunday’s post, you’ll learn that this goal is, in fact, a reasonable yet challenging task that I’ve set for myself.
To sum up, my life is a cabinet full of yarn and a bookshelf stocked with untouched books. Let’s see what we can do about that.
2 thoughts on “Work in Progress Wednesday”
I need to apply this to my life, too! I have watercolor supplies sitting on the dining room table and haven’t touched them in a couple weeks. I never thought about setting a goal, but now I can see how important it is, otherwise my life will just be full of half started and half finished projects! Thanks for pointing out how important it is to setting a goal and sticking to it. 🙂
Yes, I think it can be good to have a little structure! It’s funny how we avoid doing some of the things we like or that are good for us just because they don’t fit into our everyday routine. You have to try to make them fit!