Monday, January 14, 2013

2013 New Year's Resolutions

Happy Monday!

Today I thought I'd chat about my New Year's Resolutions.  I know some people don't like making them and that's perfectly fine, but for myself I'm the type of person who benefits from having a plan for the things I want to accomplish.  Each year I make lots of great goals for myself but the problem is that I never get around to actually achieving them.  I wasn't sure what was wrong with me until my sister pointed out the fact that I make the goals/resolutions, but I don't plan out actual steps to help me achieve them and I also don't review them very often.  So this year I am going to try something different.  I've made my resolutions list and written it out on a medium-size index card and put it in my planner where I always find it.  Then I've made a plan that at the end of each week on Sunday evening I will go over my list and come up with some sort of step to take towards achieving one of them and schedule it into the coming week.  I'm not thinking that it has to be anything big, just some little thing I can do that will help me get closer to achieving the goal, even if it's something as simple as reading about a new technique or looking up a pattern that will use a certain type of yarn I have in my stash.  Every step is one step closer, right?

Here is my list:
My 2013 Resolutions
  • Work from yarn stash as much as possible.
  • Work through fabric stash.
  • Learn these techniques: Broomstick Lace, Tunisian Crochet, Brioche Stitch, Entrelac, and Hairpin Lace.
  • Knit a pair of top-down colourwork mittens.
  • Improve my colourwork skills.
  • Conquer baby booties.
  • Get my Christmas and other gift projects done well in advance.
  • Sew once a week. - this is tentative -it's something I want to do but it's not set in stone.  I guess you could say it's more like a guideline - I'd like to do it, but I don't have to do it. 
  • Knit/crochet a dishcloth a week for the whole year - this is my "Dishcloth Challenge."
  • Read 40 books this year. - I signed up for Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge.
  • Celebrate holidays/seasons - I used to do this and found it so much fun, but over the years I got away from it and now I'd like to get back to it.
  • Try to get better at starting a project and actually finishing it within a reasonable amount of time, instead of starting it and then jumping on to something new before finishing it.  I think this will help keep the WIP pile under control.
  • Learn a new language - I'm thinking Finnish since my Mom can help me with it.
  • Travel more.
  • Learn cross-stitch, needlepoint, crewel and embroidery.
So far that's what I've got.  I may add/change a few things over the year, but in general I am going to do my best to stick with them.  Wish me luck!


P.S. Have you made any New Year's Resolutions?