Greetings! My name is Tina Dillard from Quilting Affection Designs. Thank you Tammy for the invite to guest blog for you.
Let me give you a little background about myself and my design company. I live in Waldorf, Maryland which is about an hour south of Washington DC, with my fabulous hard working husband, Robert and my Oldest Son, Patrick. In addition I have my two quilting buddies Anna and Lucy (Schnoodles). I’m also a proud U.S. Air Force mom to my youngest son who is stationed in Colorado.
I have been quilting for more than 20 years now. Quilting Affections was born 5 years ago, as an online quilting and longarm Service. Along the way, my Mother-in-law helped me discover my talents as a quilt pattern designer. The last couple years, I have focused more and more on my patterns designs. Just recently, we announce our name change to Quilting Affection Designs to put more focus on the being a pattern design company. I have designed patterns for Island Batiks and Timeless Treasure Fabrics. Recently I released my first pattern of the year for Timeless Treasures, “Diamond Crossing”. Many of my most recent patterns have been developed using the Bloc_Loc Rulers. In the last year, I have also been focusing on myself, by getting healthy and losing over 50 lbs. The weight loss has helped me with my energy and focus and feel so much better.
Like Tammy, I have several goals this year to use my newly found focus and energy for myself and my business (my goals can be found on my blog HERE. It will be a challenge to take these goals and balance my life at the same time, I would like to share with you a few ideas I have getting myself organized for achieving my goals.
The first key to conquering any goals is a strong mindset. For Example, when I lost my weight I had a strong positive mindset to push through and get to my ideal weight. I’m going to take this same mindset and conquer this year’s goal list.
The other way, I plan to stay on top of my goal list is to be organized by using a planner. This year I’m trying the Quilters Planner, for this year’s calendar to help me organize my life on paper. I also keep a backup on my google calendar for the days I don’t have my planner with me. This planner was highly recommend by several quilters. The planner is great; it has spots for personal, work and Quilting goals and to-do-list. It has weeks broken out and a monthly calendar. In the back, it even has place to plan out your projects and quilting references.
As I get my rhythm with the planner, I’m put each days tasks that is color coded by Personal, Work and Quilting. I’m also writing in my goals for that month in the Monthly Calendar, and as I schedule my week, I move them over to that week’s to-do list. In my planner, I plan time for myself and my family for each week. I feel that time for yourself is very important so you don’t burn out on your job.
I would like to thank Tammy again for having me as guest blogger.
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