Tag: new years

Looking Ahead

Waiting for Santa

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!

  1. The big financial one, of course: I’d like to double my craft sales again. Online or offline or both
  2. Try a whole bunch of new clay techniques. Transfers, more abstract canes, sculpting…
  3. In the same vein: try a whole bunch more new jewellery making techniques like more advanced metal and wire work and resins
  4. Get back in the swing of things with my graphic art and design software
  5. The above because I want to get my photography mojo back. It’s been more than 10 years since I was really into it
  6. Get an article published. In paper. In a craft mag!
  7. Become more active. The life one that snuck in to the list. We have rackets and a membership now. Wish me luck
  8. Write a whole heck of a lot more. Blog, post, letters, notes, lists, tutorials, chats… everything
  9. Continue streamlining and organizing my professional work life. Keep on with the “little improvement” routine
  10. Remember: less stuff, more people and more doing

Ring in the New Year

I’ve avoided posting New Years resolutions the last few years but this year I have both the ‘Top Ten’ of what I pulled off in 2009 and what I am looking forward to in 2010. These are just the broad strokes goals for my year, my happy list making self made little detail lists for them all elsewhere.

In 2009 I:

  1. Doubled my previous years sales
  2. Made 30,000 beads
  3. Moved to a new town
  4. Sold at a Big show
  5. Got an office-studio of my own
  6. Expanded my online presence
  7. Took good care of myself
  8. Tried 30 new dishes(at least!)
  9. Organized and trimmed… pretty much everything
  10. Made 100 different canes (at least!)

And in 2010 I will:

  1. Be healthier yet
  2. Double my sales again
  3. Travel (it’s booked!)
  4. Get my license
  5. Make more buttons and jewelry
  6. Write and sell tutorials
  7. Do the Bead show
  8. Hold my family and friends close
  9. Do 10 shows
  10. Improve my photography
  11. Open and push the rest of my sites online

Okay, so there’s 11 for 2010. It’s hard sticking to pretty 10 item lists!