It mocks me from the top shelf of my bookcase.
The light blue hunk of plastic is held together with duct tape on two sides and sports a layer of dust on top. Like a cyclops, it “stares” at me through its single “eye.”
But this is no mythological beast. Rather, it’s one of my favorite toys: an old-fashioned Holga film camera. The problem is the roll of black and white 120 film I loaded into its chamber more than a year ago, still resting there like a half-written scroll.
And that’s the part that mocks me.
The Holga and its unexposed film came to mind as I laughed out loud at a post that’s been circulating on Facebook during the last couple weeks.
The post, attributed to Willowlane Designs, reads: “My 2019 New Year’s resolution is to finish all my craft projects from 2018 that I should have done in 2017, after I started them in 2016 after buying the supplies for them in 2015 with the patterns I found in 2014.”
I laughed not because it’s a funny joke – it is funny – but because I can relate.
And not just due to the light blue Holga.
I can also relate because of the bright red Holga that sits on the other side of the bookshelf with another half-used roll of film. And because of the pile of fabric squares that I cut out and pinned together to sew into pillows more than two months ago. And the other pile of fabric that’s been sitting in a basket since I purchased it more than two years ago. And the plastic containers full of yarn I acquired who-knows-when. And the bin of leather scraps and leatherworking tools hiding under my bed.
I could keep going, but there’s no need to embarrass myself further.
I have a weakness, and it’s called Hobby Lobby. And another weakness: Michaels. And Jo-Ann. And A.C. Moore.
But there’s something else I took from that Facebook post. I got to thinking about New Year’s resolutions and goals in general and why they can be so hard to keep. I realized my problem, both with my craft projects and with New Year’s resolutions in general, isn’t the goals themselves or even their execution, but portions.
I try doing too much at once.
Instead of focusing on and completing one project at a time, I start one thing, get distracted by the excitement of the next, then move on to something else entirely. Before I know it, I’ve finished 2 or 3 projects and am less than halfway through another dozen.
So this year, instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I’m making old year’s resolutions. I’m resolving to pick up where I left off (and in some cases start over) with previous year’s goals. I’m resolving to finish what I started.
One resolution at a time.
That, and maybe stay away from craft stores for a while.
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