A couple weeks ago while I was eating lunch, I wrote out some goals I had for the year. I have a Moleskine full of goals, projects, intentions and everything in between, but these are the ones that are really sticking to me right now. I gave each one a number that I'd like to hit by the end of the year so I can track my progress over the next 11 months. Here they are, along with a little bit of my "why" :
- Read 10 books. I bought myself a Kindle Paperwhite just before Christmas because it was on sale + I'd been pining over it forever, and it was so worth it. I've been reading every day which is a big deal for me. While I wait for the kids to get out of school and before bed are usually my favorite times to sneak in a chapter, or a few pages, depending on my energy level. I've finished one book this month (but I'm not counting that one in my list because I started it last year) and am reading number one right now. 10 books seems doable at the rate I've been going - and that's probably twice as many as I read last year. Some of the books on my list include : Yes Please, Playing Big, 102 Minutes and Eleanor & Park. I'm always open for suggestions!
- Make 50 layouts. Oh man is this huge (again, to me) because last year I made 10. Ten. This year, time is on my side though. Not only do I want to document the longer stories (thanks to Ali's Story Kits), but I have 9-10 scrapbook kits sitting untouched that I want to use up. I would need to average about one layout per week, which I think it manageable, but I'll more than likely work in spurts and make 3-4 at a time.
- Write 100 blog posts. When I received my letterpress progress tracker from Elise, I decided to make "write" my daily habit. I know to become a better writer, whether here or in my journal or even on a scrapbook page, I need to write more. Some of it will be good. Some of it will suck. Sometimes the words will flow, or it will take me an hour to write a decent paragraph. The quote "learn by doing" comes to mind here. Over the last month it's been good for my head to write a little bit each day. It's usually just random thoughts but boy do I sleep better at night. I thought my blog could become a holding place for certain stories because I love the idea of going back and pulling that material for a scrapbook layout. 100 blog posts seem like a meaningful way to share more about me and not just what I'm making all the time.
- Take 2 in-person classes. I've enjoyed many online classes over the years, but after visiting a local letterpress shop a few months ago, I've become really interested in taking a face-to-face class. To use my hands and learn something new from a master of their craft. Right now I'm thinking stuff like letterpress, screen printing and knitting (Sue!). I'm excited to research my options and see what's offered around me.
- Explore 4 cities, on my own. A typical week for me includes numerous school drop-offs and pick-ups, the library, grocery store, maybe Target, and that's about it. I don't get out much, especially on my own. One random Thursday morning last October, I decided to venture out to Eastern Market and Midtown Detroit, and it was awesome. I had never been to either area by myself, but I had an idea of a few shops I wanted to visit. As the hours passed, I found so many more that I ran out of time and had to get the kids from school. I remember driving back home that afternoon feeling so inspired, so eager to do more within our local community and meet other makers. Getting out of the house, interacting with new people (which is really unheard of for this introvert) and walking around at my own pace was incredibly refreshing. I want to go back and I want to explore other cities in our Metro area and beyond. I'll probably plan one more "creative field trip" this spring (I took one earlier this week!) and the other two this fall. And I'll definitely be going back to Detroit.
I drew up this visual to keep up on the wall in my scrap room as a reminder of my progress and I'll be sharing regular updates here too. I've got some work to do and couldn't be more excited about it. I hope that having a number to go with each goal will keep me motivated to keep going, especially if I'm in a slump. Have you ever set a number to your goals?