In visiting a few other bloggers who are making lists and checking them twice (or five times in my case), I read that sharing your goals significantly raises the percentage of attaining them. That is like the reward for taking the risk of making your goals public, in my opinion. This year, I am piggybacking on Julie and Beth's idea of having an accountability partner with whom I will periodically check in (who am I kidding, we check in with each other pretty much daily) to further increase my success rate.
First off, though, I should review my goals for 2016 and see how I did. I set them up last January much as we had to when I was teaching school, our PGPs (Professional Growth Plans - teachers, much like quilters, love their acronyms). I had three Main Goals.
1. Submit a pattern to a quilt magazine.
Bzzz. Did not do.
However, I DID get accepted as the June Desire to Inspire Designer for Henry Glass Fabrics! I had several original designs completed by the end of the month sitting in my beach chair of projects, very proud of that.
And I was asked by Bernie to participate in the Autumn Abundance Blog Hop, sponsored by Paint Brush Studio Fabrics, which has led to a new exciting experience for me in 2017.
✅2. Open up an Etsy Shop.
I did do this! Although I have yet to make a sale, I have two items there and another that I just haven't written up yet (I don't find Etsy that user-friendly or is it just me?)
3. Quilt a quilt for someone else.
Bzzz. Did not do, although as of this writing, I have two customers lined up.
I had 4 sub-goals:
✅1. Expand my Craftsy Store.
I did. I added two patterns, a free one, Pocketful of Sunshine, and one for $7, Blue Skies and Sunny Days. You can see both through that link, which is an affiliate link. (psst, classes sale again right now, everything under US$20)
✅2. Make at least 2 quilts for charity.
I made 3, all of which were donated to the Windsor Sexual Assault Centre.
✅3. Finish watching Small Changes, Big Variety.
I did, and I reviewed it here. That is a part of something I didn't have as a goal, or even knew I might want to do ha, but it sure helped with quilting growth: hosted a blog hop with my good friend Julie for all things Craftsy.
4. Do a pantograph on a quilt.
5. Somehow this isn't on the published list, but it was a goal somewhere (going to trawl the early '16 posts) that I do a mini swap. And I did! Not one but 2! One was planned, with Anja of Anja Quilts, the other more spontaneous, with Preeti, of Sew Preeti Quilts.
I had 5 Personal Goals:
1. Walk 80 km per month or thereabouts.
I averaged 65 km/month. That was down I know because of Rocco's knee surgery. I do miss walking with him.
✅2. Do Ashtanga 3X/week and Yin once or twice.
✅3. Watch more TV.
This is hard to measure but I believe I did; I have branched out a bit too; currently I am watching "The Queen", "Gilmore Girls", and I have started "Murdoch Mysteries".
✅4. Do more hand work.
I finished the flimsy for my wool appliquéd daisies quilt; I knitted two sets of fingerless gloves, and the Fisherman's Wife Cowl.
5. Read more books than I did last year, one a classic.
Bzzz. This is awful but I am only on #17. For a person who, just 2 years ago easily read about 30 books a year, shameful. If I finish the current one, 31 Hours by Masha Hamilton, I plan to start either Wuthering Heights or My Cousin Rachel, both of which I brought with me.
Okay. Breathe. No one is going to cut my pay or fire me because I did not complete some of this stuff!
Ahh, that collage restores my inner peace. I put that on Instagram last week after I went to the beach at dawn to hunt for shells and coral and sharks' teeth. Tick! Tick! Tick! I checked off each one of those three items, and another fabulous very unique and inspiring find that I will be featuring on Thursday's post.
Why this collage here? Well, many years ago, after our first trip to Florida, which would be Christmas 2004, we had a dream of one day owning a home here. When I made that collage after that magical morning, it struck a chord deep within me that dreams and goals do, in fact, come true. You can't just sit back and wait for them to land in your lap, but if you do little things towards attaining the dreams and goals, and, more magical yet, if you are open and aware to small tidbits (events, knowledge, people and so on) coming your way that do open the path to those dreams, you will get there. Promise. Pinky swear.
2017 GoalsOver-arching Goals
A. Lifelong Learning
This is a teacher catch-phrase, and something in which I deeply believe.
Something I struggled with throughout my teaching career, and continue to do so, is finding balance. I am not reading enough novels. I am not watching enough TV. I seem to spend too long at the computer, usually to do with the blog (I take an agonizing amount of time to write each post for one). I am not completing enough quilts for family members.
Main Quilting Goals
1. Expand the purpose of my blog.
This belongs under the Lifelong Learning Goal. I started my blog as a way to let my friends and family know what I was up to in my new stage of life, as well as a way to document my quilts. It has become so very much more and I'd like to continue that, but give back as well. Measurable sub-goals will be:
- Run a Quilt Along
- Set up a Linky Party
- Do something with the DrEAMi Moments I've experienced
- Organize a blog hop or quilt along with Tish. We have formulated a plan, it just needs to be fleshed out and details need to be knocked out.
- Make and donate at least 2 charity quilts.
2. Explore the money-making angle of quilting a little more.
All I would like to do is support my habit of fabric buying, not pay the bills or buy food. This is basically a Lifelong Learning because it involves improving some computer skills, as well as investigating other branding opportunities and services. Hey, I actually ordered some mmm! quilts labels from Ikaprint so that is one step. Measurable goals here are:
- Expand my Etsy Shop
- Add at least 2 patterns to my Craftsy Shop
- Submit an original quilt design to a magazine
- Have a couple of quilts for sale in a local coffee shop/bistro (I've already spoken informally to the owner, just need to sit down formally and chat about it.)
- Quilt a quilt for someone else
- Get involved a bit more with Craftsy (already chatted and confirmed one plan)
- This might cost me money, but improve the esthetics of my blog and investigate branding.
- Make a quilt entirely of solids. (I might join in Molli Sparkles' Honey Pot Bee in order to accomplish this one. Only one block a month...and already a wild card thrown!)
- Do a Design Challenge. (This will be similar to Rachel's of Stitched in Color, but just on my own.
1. Walk at least 70 km per month. That means 6 walks/week at at least 3 km each.
2. Read 25 books. One must be a classic. Take a daily tea break without my phone, but with a book and/or a quilt magazine.
3. Maintain Ashtanga 3 times per week and increase Yin to twice regularly.
4. Organize my time better.
5. Take a blogging break of at least a week.
Under Lifelong Learning:
6. Take a painting class.
**Remember to once a month check back on this list!
Phew! Think that should keep me busy, no?
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