Wow! It’s 2013! It’s true what they say – time goes faster and faster each year.
But I love a new year – a chance to reflect on the prior year, and plan for a new one! I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the past couple weeks about what I want to tackle in 2013. These aren’t resolutions as much as they are some goals that I want to achieve for Girl Going Country. And I want to share them with you:
Goal #1: Learn to Sew
I am the daughter of a seamstress that doesn’t know how to use a sewing machine. Tragic, really. But I received my first sewing machine for Christmas (thanks Mom and Dad!) and am starting off with Crazy Little Project’s Learn to Sew Series. There’s still time to follow along as she teaches sewing basics over 7 weeks if you want to join me!
Goal #2: Tackle More Complicated Crochet Projects
I am in LOVE with yarn and crocheting! I’ve only been crocheting for about 2 1/2 months, but it’s been so rewarding! (Check out my completed projects here.) I’ve just started making hats, which really caused me to focus on following patterns accurately, and now I’m ready to tackle a few more complicated projects. I have a few adorable bags I want to try, and a lovely sweater that I hope I can make.
Goal #3: Create a Crochet Pattern
I want to experiment with different combinations of stitches…and create at least one pattern on my own. It might be a unique snowflake, or it could be a scarf or blanket. But I’d like to work up to creating something that was born out of my head.
Goal #4: Launch the Girl Going Country Store
I have so many ideas for fun projects to make and sell. Quite a variety of products too. But my goal is to launch the Girl Going Country Store and put some of those products out there and see what happens!
Goal #5: Grow Something
I keep telling myself that I want a garden “some day”. Well why wait? This year, I am going to grow SOMETHING in a planter-based garden. Since I currently rent, I won’t invest in putting something in the ground…but I’m thinking maybe some herbs or cucumbers or tomatoes would be fun to try this year.
Goal #6: Can Something
I really want to learn to can food, and would like to try canning something this year. Whether it’s veggies from the farmers market, or maybe tackling pickles, I’d like to get something preserved in a mason jar this year.
Goal #7: Make Soap or Candles (or both!)
I don’t know why this calls out to me, but it does! I think the soap-making is at least partly due to my desire to venture into more natural products. Cutting out chemicals where I can, and also finding gentle products that are good to my very sensitive skin. I already use coconut oil based hand soap, lotion, and lip balm; but I want to try making some of that myself. And candles? Who doesn’t love candles?
I am so excited about these goals! I know they are all attainable without over-stretching myself. (I have a tendency of doing that!) I do have a demanding full-time day job, after all, but I’m loving tapping into my creative side and creating something with my hands. The satisfaction of seeing raw materials turned into something that I made is so rewarding.
What are some of your goals for the new year? Whatever you have planned, I wish you a joyful, prosperous new year!