Anna Hergert, Art & Design

Taking Stock

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Closing out the old year to welcome the New Year is a long-standing tradition in our house. We try to finish up jobs that were left incomplete for one reason or another. I finish outstanding correspondence and try to plan a nice dinner to enjoy once the sun sets.

Taking stock on a professional level this year is not difficult. The list is short. Teaching and travelling were on hold due to my self-imposed sabbatical. I organized and facilitated another successful Art Quilt Campus at St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster, SK and I finally held my book “Inspiration Kantha” in my hands.

I have grown in my photography and pursued certification as a Nalanda Miksang teacher, and I have continued to post daily to my personal website Miksang & Haiku for the past twelve months without skipping a day. It has been an enjoyable and educational personal challenge, one I am committed to continue for 2018.

Speaking of 2018: What’s in store for the new year? Art Quilt Campus is on the agenda for the last two weeks of August… and once again we are planning to list our home for sale in the spring. Colin is just finishing the newly added powder room which should garner a little more interest and widen the gap and pull ahead of some ofthe properties for sale here at the lake.

Much like every December 31st, my inbox is filled with great advice for a new year, how to set goals, how many goals to set or not to set, how to make a resolution and keep it… and they pretty much convey the same message: Let common sense prevail!

Too many resolutions set the stage for failure. I came across this excellent article today, where the importance of the calendar is not only stressed, but the author outlines in detail how this time-proven tool helps to meet goals and keep obligations. I found the short read affirming.

Sending Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year! All the best for 2018. May your upcoming year be filled with countless creative opportunities,  Anna



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8 thoughts on “Taking Stock

  1. Katina Chapman on said:

    Happy New Year. I hope 2018 brings lots of good things. I loved the article about the calendar. Sounds like a great idea. I will need my grandson to help me set it up. LOL.


    • Nice to hear from you! As to setting up a calendar… I resort to one on paper. I still love the tactile experience paper and fountain pen give me. Make it work for YOU, if it is easily accessible you will use it. Let me know how you make out!


  2. 46eileen on said:

    Today has been a day of reflection and finishing up some items in my sewing room. It’s so cold that indoors is the only answer. Happy New Year to you and Colin. I am sure that you are entering this year with the same eternal optimism that I am feeling. Bud is slowly recuperating after a 10 day stay in the hospital over Christmas. Today is better than yesterday & I know things will come together properly for both our families. Take care my friend………….Eileen

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  3. Yes 2018 will once again prove full of activities, fabric, friends and good thoughts. Wishing you and Colin the best for 2018 and keeping fingers crossed that a sale will happen. Waiting for the future can be stressful as so many things get put on hold. It will happen I am sure. See you in 2018. Blessings. Leona

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    • Thanks, Leona. I am not waiting for the future to happen… I am concentrating on the here and now and whatever evolves will be the future. 😉 Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.


  4. Elinor Burwash Designs on said:

    Anna, thanks for a provocative article. I have said within my career that what gets counted gets done. I always set personal goals. I have found that what doesn’t get done is what I want to accomplish with textiles because I don’t set aside enough time or leave it until everything else is done. So I resolve to put segments of time in my calendar this year that correspond to my goals.
    Wishing you and Colin the very best of 2018.

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