There’s our perky little Christmas tree all lit up and cheery! Some years I grumble about the work of decorating (even the small amount I do) but the kidlet’s eyes light up and she makes cute little awwwww noises every time we turn the tree lights on so there we go. Plus, let’s face it, these days she can do most of it herself which makes it easier for me to pitch in.
Our 2012 wrapped up with the usual crazy flurry of family visits, last minute colds, abundant feasting, generous gifts and winter weather. Today is the first day with the family back at school and their day job and I am spending the day taking stock.
First order of business will be cleaning and counting and organizing – finishing up the year end papers and setting up for 2013. One of the resolutions I stuck with in 2012 was greatly improving my filing which has made that task so much simpler. Herding the random clay, beads, finding and other inventory back to their homes? Well, that’ll be more work.
I’m a little slow this year on deciding what I want to focus on for 2013 but I have a feeling it’ll be more technical things. In my world the clay and the computers and the electronics and tools all mix and mash into wonderful chaos so this mostly just means I’ll be exploring a lot of the tools and geeky aids for my crafty empire. It always helps me tolearn if I have a project to apply the lessons to and I’ve been lucky enough that my polymer clay job has always given my techy side lots of projects to use.
Anyone else have goals, projects and resolutions they’re planning on tackling for 2013? I always assume most people aim for the basic self improvement – be a little more happy, healthy, kind so I always try to make specific goals above and beyond that.
I’m not always a fan of New Year’s resolutions because they seem to almost invite the inevitable failure but I am always making new goals (and I make them or I don’t, I think the failure is valuable as long as you made an effort). So, for 2012, I have a few clay and business related ones to share with my world. You guys can keep me honest since it turns out goals you make in front of people have a better chance of success due to the idea that you’ll be held accountable.
- Pick up the pace on my blogging here and on CraftGossip both in volume and content
- Get into the tutorial-for-sale market. I have a few ready to go. Just a matter of putting them out there
- Work on surface, texture and sculpting related techniques
- Improve my jewellery finish work
- Learn how to make molds, stamps, screens, texture sheets, cutters and stencils. Some to use for clay, some to learn how it’s all done
- Improve my bookkeeping and organizational skills. Wish me luck, this is my biggest challenge
- Use all of the above to improve my business and income
I can’t hide it. I’m an incurable optimist. I think I must always have been, even in my downest moments. So every year I do make resolutions and goals and lots of thinking about the year ahead. I do it at other times during the year too but there’s something so neat and fresh about a new calendar year. Here’s a few of my mostly art and work related ones – it’s hard to separate my personal life goals from my business life goals since I picked work that was part of both so there’s some crossover here!
- The big financial one, of course: I’d like to double my craft sales again. Online or offline or both
- Try a whole bunch of new clay techniques. Transfers, more abstract canes, sculpting…
- In the same vein: try a whole bunch more new jewellery making techniques like more advanced metal and wire work and resins
- Get back in the swing of things with my graphic art and design software
- The above because I want to get my photography mojo back. It’s been more than 10 years since I was really into it
- Get an article published. In paper. In a craft mag!
- Become more active. The life one that snuck in to the list. We have rackets and a membership now. Wish me luck
- Write a whole heck of a lot more. Blog, post, letters, notes, lists, tutorials, chats… everything
- Continue streamlining and organizing my professional work life. Keep on with the “little improvement” routine
- Remember: less stuff, more people and more doing