While I was on the treadmill this morning, I listened to the December 20th episode of the podcast "Quilting for the Rest of Us" by Sandy Hasenauer. In it, she talked for a few minutes about "embracing the fear" which really resonated with me, as it applies to my pile of UFOs with which I'm going to be reacquainting myself over the next year.
It makes a lot of sense to me that this pile has grown so high, not because of negative feelings about the project, but about my own feelings of fear that my skills don't measure up, that I will somehow mess it up, and the finished object might disappoint me. As long as these objects remain in pristine, perfect, unfinished condition - I don't have to experience the discomfort and anxiety of failing.
Furthermore, it's interesting to consider that projects become UFOs for me when they 'get too hard': maybe the technique (for example, blanket stitching around appliqué) didn't look as perfect as the picture in the book and I judge my skills as not quite measuring up, or I don't get around to adding borders because I'm not confident about my creativity, or I get behind on a BOM, so I'm obviously not as productive as everyone else (whoever they are).
Fear keeps us static, never developing, changing, learning. Embracing fear is a crucial task of growth.
So, as I move through the year of "Nothing but UFOs" I intend to be mindful of the process, and ask myself "why is this a UFO?" and work through the negative feelings. This will not simply become an act of striking things off of to-do lists.