For most of us embroiderers, our goals are to finish a certain number of projects within a limited amount of time. We may also have the shared goal of learning new techniques. But some of us are struggling to feel better so that we can enjoy our hobby or get back to our old selves. Some of us are trying to be cancer-free for 3-months, 1-year, 2 years or more. Some of us are just grateful for today and the joy it can bring.
Those of us who are blessed with good health often look for ways to show that gratitude. It can be displayed by helping others, giving monetary donations or contributing to a great cause. My daughter Janelle chose to run in the LiveStrong Austin 2011 Marathon and Half Marathon last weekend. She set a goal to finish the half marathon in two hours. And she made her goal – and more! She finished the 13.1 mile race in 1:56:56, in her very first half-marathon. Wow – what an accomplishment. The race is 13.1 miles but she ran many, many more miles preparing for that one day race!
And she wasn’t alone – in a field of over 14,000 there were celebrities, survivors, athletes and regular folks armed with a goal. Our industry was represented by at least two professionals, Ron Goldkorn, owner of Sew Much More in Austin, and Linda Rainwater, Baby Lock National Training Manager.
The biggest celebrity was Lance Armstrong – I happened to be at the finish line when he crossed, 8 minutes under his goal of 1:30. What a thrill to see him cross the line, beat his goal and celebrate his survival.
Janelle was touched – moved to tears – during her race as she passed hundreds of signs dedicated to cancer victims. She thought of those in her own life – her grandfather Pat Ward, my partner’s wife Helen Gardner, a dear friend of the Designs family Scott Moore, her aunts Sue Rowlyk and Ron Roche. She said those thoughts spurred her on to finish. I wish I had her drive and her athletic ability but I take comfort in the fact that I am blessed with good health and to celebrate that I ran in the 5K with my sweetheart, Pete Kutsopias. It was fun to participate and we too thought of those who are struggling with health issues.
I thought of how achieving goals brings a sense of accomplishment whether that’s running a marathon or tackling your first in-the-hoop project.
Whatever your goals are, continue to reach for them, you’ll get better with every step.
What new goal are you working towards? Leave a comment letting us know what your next accomplishment will be and you could win Stipple! Butterflies!
Last week we asked what your favoite machine feature was. The winner of the $100.00 shopping spree to Embroidery Library is… Alice McFarlane!
“One of my favorite features is the bobbin letting me know it is almost out. Gives me time to change it and start back to sewing or embroiderying on my pfaff creative vision. Basically I love all the features on my machine. Use the basting feature all the time when I am embroidering.”