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It turns out the world isn’t over, yet…

I can’t say I’m surprised. I mean, I made Christmas presents and have made travel plans for 2013, so I was expecting the world to continue beyond December 21, 2012.

Regardless, all of the chatter got me thinking about setting priorities in life. I mean, anything can happen at any time, right?

what would you do if you only had a few months left to live

Do me a favor and come up with a few answers to this question. Really.

So… what did you come up with?

Don’t ignore your dreams

As a responsible adult, it’s easy to shrug off your fantasies as unrealistic. Because, hopefully, we each have more time left… meaning that ditching your job and heading for the Caribbean may not be the smartest move.

But, do you want to know my opinion? Your fantasies should guide your goals. Maybe you can’t spend a year traveling around the globe… but could you start saving for a week in the Bahamas? Or spend your evenings working towards a job you’d adore?

Winding yarn with a swift

I’m a very lucky chick: I make a living doing what I love!

Yet, a few years ago, having a career designing crochet patterns was just a fantasy. I had no idea if it would really work out… but I made my dream a goal.

Now that you’ve already gone through the trouble of coming up with a few dreams… tell me, are there any aspects of these dreams that you can turn into goals?

My goal

Wanna hear my fantasy? In my perfect world, I’d be perfectly relaxed at all times. Even if I have a gigantic pile of emails to reply to, even if a shipment I’m expecting gets lost in the mail, and even if my studio is a disaster area… I’d be calm as a cucumber.

Rilakumma portfolio kinokuniya

Like Rilakumma.

Rilakumma means ‘relax bear’ in Japanese, and he’s a character that’s always relaxing. Nothing stresses Rilakumma.

Now, of course… I’ll never be 100% stress-free. But I can turn my fantasy (of always being relaxed) into a goal: bring more relaxing into my life.

I’m pretty good at remaining calm, but there’s always room for improvement. I already leave work every day by 6pm, and don’t do more than a couple hours of work on the weekends.

My first step was buying the adorable folder (pictured above) featuring Rilakumma as a reminder to take it easy, and to organize all of my business notes that are constantly floating around on my desk.

I have a few other plans:

  • Buy a lovely scented hand-soap, turning a mundane act (like washing my hands) into a calming experience.
  • Eat lunch away from my desk, even if it’s just for 10 minutes.
  • Take a break at 3pm- maybe for yoga, tea or reading a book.
  • Keep a scented lotion at my desk, for a quick 5-second relax.

I think I’ll be successful with my goal… because I’ve taken a fantasy and turned it into simple, easy-to-act-on steps.

What’s your action plan?

There’s no need to wait until New Year’s Day to start planning your super-awesome life!

Any plans that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them!

Have you been waiting for the chance to take a Craftsy course? (Maybe even one of mine?!?) Now’s the time! Check out Craftsy’s awesome classes sale… from now until December 24th!

Craftsy Holiday Sale: All online classes up to 75% off. Sale ends Mon. Dec. 24th, at midnight!

I’m signing up for the cheese-making course… I’m excited to expand my skill-set in 2013!

6 Responses to “It turns out the world isn’t over, yet…”

  1. Angela says:

    Where did you purchase your swift from?

    Thanks!

  2. Justine says:

    A few years ago I saw an online poll that said, “If you could make the same amount of money but leave your job and be an artist (music, visual, whatever), would you do it?” Every single person who had responded either said Yes I would or Yes I already left my job to be an artist for less money. Now me, I said, HECK no, I have the best job in the world as a professor and scholar. I have tenure, I can follow my interests, i have a lot of control over my time, I can share my enthusiasm for my subject with students, I am constantly challenged to convey ideas effectively (teaching, to me, is a very creative process), I have great colleagues, and I get paid really well! Of course I greatly enjoy my hobbies as well. So I’m really happy with my life!

    • Stacey says:

      That’s fabulous, Justine! I know my husband wouldn’t trade in his professor job for anything else, as well! It’s all about doing what you love!

  3. PattyCrochets says:

    I’ve signed up for the Crafty Monster class. When thinking back of all the ami’s I’ve made (all those pieces and parts), I thought I should know enough to work up something on my own. Not trusting my own ideas, I think this class will give me the confidence to do it!!!! So after the new year………

  4. Marie Lofton says:

    If i had only a few months left? Yes, i’d spend more time doing what i WANT to do, not what i feel I SHOULD be doing… it sounds like you are a lot like me.. i cannot NEVER ever relax.. even when i’m relaxing, i’m still feeling i have no time left (i’d be sitting but trying to knit as many rows as possible, for example)… i was told i was born with anxiety disorder.. but if i knew i only had so many months..

    i’m not one to travel.. i’d want to stay home for most of it… knitting and crocheting… i would continue to learn… right now i’m learning to play the ukulele and i’d continue that! (i’ve been playing piano since the age of 5)… i’d probably take up the drums too, since that is something i always wanted to learn…

    i’d finish up all my online classes at Craftsy (including your woodland critters !)…

    i’d go and visit at least one more time all the friends i’m in contact with around the world, so that would involve some travel..

    i would try new recipes.. i’d go to museums i have not seen… i’m already “retired” … but i had been wanting to try to sell my patterns but I don’t think that is something i’d want to aim for if i knew i was dying…