Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Just do it

I've been trying to think of a word or phrase to sum up what I hope to achieve in 2013. Apparently this is the modern alternative to making the same resolutions year after year. I have thought about "Courage", "Patience", "Perseverance" but in the end I realised that the twin things that mostly hold me back are lack of confidence and a tendency to procrastinate. I decided that instead of a word, I should try a phrase, and that "Just do it" seemed to fit. I realise it sounds like an advert for running shoes, and I toyed with alternatives - "Do it now" sounds too bossy, "Just get on with it" sounds too impatient. So, there it is.


I've been putting off posting until I had something insightful to say, or a brilliant idea, or something gorgeous to photograph, but in the spirit of my new approach, I have spent the morning sorting out my taxes, throwing out junk and working at school. I now find myself with an hour till I pick up the children and really just needing to post something, to prove that this blog is still here, and I am still here, even if no-one is out there!


So instead I give you some views from my home today - huge bedspreads for my girls in the middle of hand quilting, a very delicious lunch of salmon fishcakes with a rocket, lambs lettuce and tahini salad, and a bowl of tempting supplies for a spot of hand beading. The sun is out, there are a few green shoots poking up from daffodils I shoved into the corner of a flower bed as I emptied the pots last year, and I have a pot of Earl Grey ready to go. And in the background of those photos, a very kind hand me down - a very old Macbook that is no longer needed by its previous owner, but that is getting lots of use here, and is sufficiently behind the times that it isn't tempting to anyone else in the house!


27 comments:

  1. I'm still here! I'm even about to write a blog post!
    Just do it is a great mantra for the year ahead - I need to do a bit of that too. My word for the year is balance. I'm fed up with the ups and downs taking me on a roller coaster ... I want to find a plateau, even if it's just for a while.
    Coffee soon? xx

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  2. Ooh your lunch looked good. I had very unphotogenic chick pea soup with leftovers thrown in it. It really wasn't that nice - in fact, if it came with a mantra, it would be 'just eat it'.

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  3. Quilt looks lovely! Handbeading? What a good idea, maybe I could rustle up something to take with me to the ballet waiting room later. I like the idea of 'just do it' hope your New Year phrase works for the whole year!

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  4. I'm here too! Salmon fishcake lunch looks gorgeous.

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  5. Lovely to see you here. I missed your gel science post! How did that happen?

    I'm v. envious of your fishcake.

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  6. Hullo there. Just do it? How about a cuppa?
    Happy New Year, Ax

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  7. Happy New Year. I haven't made any resolutions for 2013 but like your idea of a phrase for the year ahead. Thinking. No, can't come up with one that doesn't include a swear word. Good luck with your aims.

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  8. I am not a New Year's resolution person but I try to stop and take stock of what I know I should work on. This year I am going to try to worry less and say 'yes' more. My Dad's favourite phrase was 'Get on with it and do your best!' In his soft Southern accent it sounded like encouragement. Happy New Year, lets get on with it and do our best! : )

    PS We love seeing 'everyday' things. Sometimes what seems ordinary to you can be very inspiring. Your quilt looks beautiful!

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  9. Just do it is brilliant! We sometimes abbreviate it to to JDI at work and it makes us just do it! Lovely quilts btw

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  10. I'm still here too, still procrastinating as well!

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  11. I've made a very short list of very wide-open goals for 2013..."learn to use one attachment for the Featherweight"...nothing like actual resolutions. But when it came to linoleum block-printing, which I have been wanting to do for years (and yet not doing) I wrote: "Just do it. Once. No pressure." Do other people talk to themselves like they're 5 years old, or is it just me?

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  12. Lovely to see you... and I rather like the look of your lunch too.

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  13. Just do it sounds like a very good mantra indeed and as a great procrastinator myself one I could do with adopting too! It's nice to see you here again and to see the beautiful quilts you're making for your girls. Hopefully see you in person before Easter!

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  14. I had cheese on toast for lunch. I ate it far too fast to photograph it. I am toying with a motivational phrase too, one that inspires and encourages, but right now the only thing that resonates is "don't panic"

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  15. My lunch was not photogenic at all (chicken noodle curry soup) but my luncheon table was shared with Maria and a fabulous view so it was definitely notable.

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  16. Those bedspreads are beautiful! I decided very quickly on Jan 1st that my resolution - word, call it what you will - is very simple: Enjoy. Let's hope I manage it!

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  17. Sometimes just doing it is all you can do. My resolution, if you can call it that, is to 'go with the flow' ... the other side of the same coin I suppose.

    You've reminded me that I haven't had lunch!

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  18. The quilts look lovely and your lunch sounds delightful.

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  19. A wonderful mantra for the year! When youngest son was at home, I painted it on his wall. It's still there, wishing 10 years would revert and he would be a teen again LOL. Your lunch looks delicious -- as does that patchwork quilt!

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  20. Hello Val! Happy New Year! I'm here too :o)

    Just do it sounds like a great plan - especially if it applies to blogging the everyday - I need to get back to doing that again.

    Lucy xx

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  21. Happy New Year to you. I think Just Do It is a brilliant "resolution" to have. One I shall try and emulate. Quilt looks gorgeous by the way. x

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  22. I do love this post Val, I think I shall adopt your mantra as well if you don't mind as I also spend more time thinking and dithering rather than just 'doing'.
    Happy weekend ... in your mud ;)

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  23. I'm still here though a bit behind everyone else! I love your new mantra. I must try to do the same :) K x

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  24. I never used to be such a procrastinator but now I put things off for ages, so Just Do It strikes a chord with me too. x

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  25. I SO identify with this post! If I have one word for the year it's really 'action!' so we're on the same page. You're inspiring me already!
    D x

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  26. Hi,

    I am definitely with you on not making resolutions that you know you will break in the first month. This year I have decided to go into 2013 with a more positive outlook and get back to doing things I like instead of what everyone else wants me to do. I am baking again and I managed to spend an afternoon in the garden before the fluffy white stuff decided to cover it like an almighty bedspread. Keep smiling that's all you can do.

    Mitzi

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  27. I think this is a great choice of phrase, in fact, I might steal the idea as I'm a terrible procrastinator and I could learn a lot from 'Just do it!'.

    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog about my Mum. Let's hope the rest of 2013 is a positive and happy year for us all.

    Beth (thelinencat)x

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