Happy new year! We got home from our Christmas traveling a couple days ago and I immediately started taking down the Christmas decorations. Everything's down except the outside lights, but I'm not going to send Chris out to climb on the roof when it's 20 degrees and wet outside. My house is de-Christmassed and cleanish; it matches the clean slate feeling of the new year.
I love resolutions! Or goals, or refinements, whatever you want to call them. Anything I can write down and cross off a list works for me. I have learned over the years that my resolutions have to be specific and measurable, or else they don't happen. So not "read more," but "read 2 books per month."
I don't think I took the time to make any resolutions last year, for obvious reasons, and that was fine. I had quite enough on my plate! But now my life has settled back in around Joey and I can make plans and goals around him. I'm really glad about that.
Read 24 books. I could probably count on one hand the number of books I read last year, which is just shameful. I love reading, and I miss it. I've joined the library and am committed to fitting a little reading time into my schedule. I've dusted off my Goodreads account and I'll be keeping track of my books there. If you've got any recommendations, I'd love to hear them!
Lose 10 pounds. Ten pounds put me just under my pre-pregnancy weight, at the number I was aiming for before I got pregnant and was going to Bar Method all the time. (Miss you, Bar Method.) It's not a lot, but it's enough of a goal to keep me striving to make healthy choices.
Blog once a week. I have a lot of hobbies and projects and I have a lot of trouble juggling them all. My blog has been a casualty of that. I'm setting the bar low here, for sure, but it's better than nothing. Hoping to re-establish a habit and work from there.
Sew 10 clothing items for myself. I have a whole tub of fabric and patterns meant to become something wearable. Time to focus on making that happen. The ultimate goal is to have a wardrobe that's more than half handmade, but I'm starting small.
Take 12 family photos. I don't have enough photos of the three of us.
Do a better job promoting my shop. I took a leap last year and opened an etsy shop to start selling my quilts. It was a little scary, but things went far better than I imagined! I sold at least one quilt each month. When you consider I was imagining zero sales, that is thrilling. But I am shy about it and don't do a great job of self-promotion. I want to figure out how to fix that. For starters: here is my shop! I make lovely quilts that are awesome gifts. You should buy one! If you don't have a baby or a friend with a baby, you should consider buying an iPad case. They are great for protecting your iPad while it rattles around in your bag.