May Your Life Be Like A Basket...Useful...Bountiful...Beautiful...

Basketmaster's Weavings is about my passions, much of which revolves around basket weaving. I weave with reed and I love teaching others to weave. Many of the patterns and styles that I show in the blog are geared to the beginning weaver, or even the brand new weaver. If you have been thinking about wanting to learn to weave, then this blog is for you. Throughout the blog and videos I take you step by step through each and every process of weaving. I want you to be successful in weaving the very first time you try. For the intermediate and advanced weaver, my wish is that you take ideas that I show, mix them up a bit, and incorporate them into your own beautiful creations.

Happy Weaving and Baskets of Blessings to all my visitors,

Nancy

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

My Goals - Written and for the World to See

(Our sweet Katie and fiance Eric)
Good Morning Friends,
Hope you are having a beautiful day no matter where you are in this world.  Fall is approaching quickly.  So good to not have the air conditioner running and instead be able to open up the house and let some fresh air in.

I've been reading and hearing quite a bit about the importance of writing our goals down on paper and announcing them to the world.  There is something about doing this that sets us in motion for achieving them.  Call these resolutions, goals or whatever, I'm writing my list here for the world to see of things that I truly desire.
  1. I am going to have some of my own time to be creative.  It is so easy for me to give of my time to others, especially my family.  I am now reclaiming a bit of my time for myself.  I'm going to be specific by saying I would like to have 2 hours, 2 times a week to work on crafting.  Just in case you are interested, I'm writing it on my calendar for Tuesday and Friday afternoons. 
  2. I am going to go to bed with the kitchen clean each night.  This has always been hard for me.  I get up at 5:30 and I'm on the run.  When I finally have supper made and on the table I'm tired and I find the dishes make it only to the sink.  I'm also going to have the kids help me with this one.
  3. I am going to consistently meal plan each week.  I'm going to do it on Friday mornings.  I've had it penciled on my to-do list as a Sunday task, but we get busy with family activities on Sunday so I'm moving it to Fridays and I'm GOING to do this!
  4. I am going to lose 25 pounds.  Emily has put herself on the Paleo diet which eliminates refined sugar, wheat and processed food, along with a few other things.  She has done this to help eliminate the pain she deals with.  I'm going to cut out processed food, refined sugar and much of the gluten I normally consume to help me lose the weight.  (confession, I have a huge sweet tooth and have an overwhelming desire to have something sweet after meals.  Just a bad habit, I know)  I'm going to lose this weight by June as our Katie is getting married then!
  5. I'm going to do purposeful exercise for 20 minutes every day.  I really HATE exercise, but I know for a fact I feel better when I do it.  I feel I'm pretty active in general and up on my feet most of the day, but I'm going to do something physical, be it go to the gym or go for a brisk walk outdoors.
  6. I am going to drink a minimum of 6 - 8oz glasses of water each day.
  7. I'm going to write a book and self-publish it.  This book is for our Katie, who is currently in the air force, about being a new wife and I am going to have it written by her wedding date.  I have missed her so much since she left last May.  I have many things I want to tell her, so I'm in the process of writing it!  Along with reclaiming some time to craft, I'm reclaiming some time for me to write.  I have a goal of writing for a minimum of 45 minutes a day.
  8. I have one more thing I would REALLY like, but I don't quite have it defined yet.  I think it is something that God will help evolve with time.  I REALLY want my own business.  You all know I sell Scentsy, but that is Scentsy's business, I want a Nancy Jacobs business.  I want a business all my own.  I have prayed and prayed about this desire for a l...o...n...g time.  I've made a list of things I want my future business to turn into.  ~~I want it to be something that will make God smile, that will bless others and improve the world.  ~~I want to be happy.  ~~I want it to bless and benefit my family.  ~~I want to find it interesting and not become bored with it.  ~~I want to be creative.  ~~I want flexibility, hours, days so forth.  ~~I want to travel with it 4 - 6 times a year and I want world travel.  ~~~~~I would really like to do something with being a mentor for new wives.  I am sickened by the breakdown of families in today's society.  Family relationships need to be strengthened and the words "till death do us part" need to be taken more seriously.  This business may start out with the book I'm writing, I just don't exactly know.  I don't know what type of business I could have being a mentor for wives.   (I'm open to suggestions here!)  I will start first at our own church.  This goal is more open ended and I pray with time God will give me direction and define it more.
So here it is, my written list of goals.  I must say, it does make me feel hmmm...more empowered, or should I say more determined to do them now that they are out there for everyone to see.  I can do them.  I WILL do them. 

I'd love to hear of goals you may be working on right now.

With love and blessings,
Nancy

2 comments:

Wool garden said...

Nancy I have just finished looking at your videos for the recipe basket.
I have been looking for classes or online ressources and stumbled on your blog this evening. You are a great teacher and I wish I had access to you here in Canada. Thank you so much for your videos. If I can't find any beginner classes I will be following your videos step by step. My best friend and I have been rug hooking for many years now and would like to try something different. We love baskets and I collect them also. From new ones to old ones. I loved your stained recipe basket. Thanks so much Nancy.
P.S. I"m a nurse also and work in a Palliative Care unit.

Wool garden said...

10Nancy I have just finished looking at your videos for the recipe basket.
I have been looking for classes or online ressources and stumbled on your blog this evening. You are a great teacher and I wish I had access to you here in Canada. Thank you so much for your videos. If I can't find any beginner classes I will be following your videos step by step. My best friend and I have been rug hooking for many years now and would like to try something different. We love baskets and I collect them also. From new ones to old ones. I loved your stained recipe basket. Thanks so much Nancy.
P.S. I"m a nurse also and work in a Palliative Care unit.


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