Monday, January 3, 2011

Resolution Shmezolution

I don't like resolutions.  They are too quickly made and too quickly forgotten.  Instead, because I am a New Years baby, I like to look at each new year as a birthday gift.  365 more days full of potential, a whole new year in which to learn, grow and play!

In lieu of resolutions, I make a rough outline of things I'd like to accomplish in the coming year.  Some of them are frivolous, some are chunks of larger goals and some are an ongoing process of development.

Here are a few for 2011:
  • Take better care of my health - I turned 36 on 1/1.  While far from being old, I'm now old enough to start noticing that I'm not invincible.  Things that I would typically take for granted in my teens and twenties have become a bit harder (flexibility, being able to eat what I want without gaining weight, sleeping 3-4 hours a night and then working a 10 hour day..)  I've always felt young, I don't typically consider my age when making decisions and I'd like to keep it that way.  So to that end, I plan to make an appointment with my doc for a check up (which I haven't done in, ummm, 7 years or so..yes, really), make a more concerted effort to get out an move and be more concious of the food I use to fuel my body.
  • Make a list of knitting and sewing projects I've been "meaning to get to" - I hoard fabric.  I have yards and yards of beautiful stuff sitting around my sewing room, along with stacks of sketches, vintage patterns, and skeins and skeins of yarn.  Each item is an unrealized vision, creativity that I've put on the back burner for "someday".  Well, someday will be coming often this year, because I plan to catalog all my craft items and make a list of projects.  I will work my way down the list, not beginning the next project or purchasing items for a new one until I've accomplished the one that's in progress.  Hopefully, by the end of the year, I will have a new wardrobe to show for it!
  • Learn a new skill..or two - There are a host of things I want to learn.  Embroidery, piano, to be a better cook, tatting, pattern design..I could go on for days.  I plan to pick one or two subjects and spend a few hours each Friday researching them or taking lessons.
  • Become more focused on posting items in my shop and being consistent with updating this blog - I talk big.  I dream bigger.  However, when it comes to putting things into action, I procrastinate like crazy.  I don't know what I'm waiting for, but tomorrow never seems to arrive.  So I am going to put more structure and dicipline around my business so that I can finally get it up and running.  I'll never know if it will be a success until I start putting some energy into it.
So that's the short about you?  What types of things would you like to accomplish in 2011?

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