I know January is already almost over, but I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want my 2014 goals to be. This year is going to be a busy one at work, so I don’t want to set myself up to feel like I’ve failed. (I didn’t achieve all my goals in 2013, and I’m ok with that.) But I do want to stretch. And having goals helps keep me focused to do that. So I’ve decided to simplify my goals to allow myself flexibility to adjust within some “guidelines” of where I want to focus my time and energy this year.
Focus on fewer interests
This is a tough one for me, because I see so many fun ideas and then think “I want to try that!”. But each new hobby or interest takes time to learn and money for supplies (you have seen my yarn stash, right?). So I’ve decided that I am going to focus on just a few hobbies so I can really sink my teeth into them. Even though they are sort of broad, they do let me focus on only
hoarding purchasing a few kinds of supplies.
- Crochet: So I have all that yarn, I better get to work on all the fun projects I’ve started collecting that I want to make. No specific crochet goals in mind, other than free up a shelf (or two) to make room for new fun yarn.
- Sewing: Last Christmas I got my first ever sewing machine and I even got started Learning to Sew, but then I petered out and haven’t done much. So, it’s time to whip off the cover and get back to it! I even have a bunch of different feet I haven’t even tried yet! And I still want to make reference cards for all the different stitch types my machine can do, which I think will be a good first project to get back into the swing of things.
- Paper Crafts: I don’t know about you, but I HATE shopping for cards. Like honestly and truly can’t stand filtering through all the really bad/dumb cards to find a good one. I bought a Silhouette Cameo for myself for Christmas, and got a lot of starter supplies from my family to get me going. So, I want to make every card I give this year. If I don’t make it, you’re not getting a card. LOL
What this means is I also need to clean house on a bunch of other supplies I have to simplify my craft space. And in the process of selling off some of those supplies, I’m earning a little extra fun money to buy new stuff (for the three areas above, of course). 😉
The other reason why I chose the three hobbies above, is I’m looking forward to more ways of combining them together. For example, last year my Valentine’s Day card for my hubby was a paper craft that also required crochet. I’ve been wanting to play with sewing fabric to cards as well. So look out for some (hopefully) interesting projects to be shared this year.
In the last few years I’ve fallen in love with reading all over again. Last year, I didn’t quite make my goal of reading 36 books, ending the year at 34. (Due mostly in part to a ridiculous addiction to Candy Crush. Don’t laugh!) That will sound like a lot to some people, I know. The year before I read 52 books. I tend to read a lot more when I travel for business (have to make those travel days worth it!), and I have a good amount of travel lines up this year. But…I also want to be realistic, so I’m setting my goal for this year again at 36. You can follow along with what I’m reading and how I’m doing over on Goodreads. (I’m already ahead of schedule!)
Boy this is vague, huh? We moved into our new house in December, and I have LOFTY goals of a luscious garden and fruit trees galore. But I know that takes time. And my gardening experience last year was hysterical. (Oh yeah, still haven’t posted an update on that!) So I will focus on growing SOMETHING. At the very least, I plan on growing plants and herbs that are natural bug repellants around our patio so that we can enjoy our outdoor space. And at least one thing we can actually eat. I’ll keep you posted on what that ends up being.
This may sound a little silly, but I find that I’m hard on myself when I’m not “doing” anything. To be honest, that’s partly why I took up crochet a couple years ago. I felt like when I watched TV I wasn’t being productive, so I needed something I could do while “wasting” my time in front of the TV. I realize I need to just give myself permission to not always be “productive”. To just be ok with doing nothing (which usually means I end up reading, so technically that’s not “doing nothing”). I really do want to enjoy quiet evenings on our porch, sipping something yummy, and just “being”. So I give myself permission to do that.
That’s it! That’s what I want for the year. Last year was crazy in some good and bad ways, so I really want to just settle in to enjoy life and every day that I have.
What about you? What are you goals for 2014?