Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Goal Tending

Last night, the dude and I had our usual quiet night in. We leave New Year's Eve to the amatuers. (Well, now that we're old, I guess we leave it to the young. But when we were young, we left it to the amateurs.) We had a nice dinner with the china, crystal, good silver and a lovely bottle of wine. We watched the most depressing movie Seth Rogen's ever been in. And we made a list of things we wanted to do in 2014.

I kept going--I'm doing my sparkly life workbook again this year because there were mysterious forces at work last year. I wrote down the word "focus" and instead of going into a depression and stopping my job search when I wasn't successful, I got right back in the saddle, and ultimately succeeded. I did more things I meant to because I was doing the things I wanted to.

This year's word is "connect" and it goes well with both the list that the dude and I made together and the things I wrote in my workbook.

These are my creative goals from the workbook (yup, there's a section for creative goals!):
  • stitch more smalls
  • finish-finish 12 stitched pieces
  • keep the craft room tidy
  • make cards in advance of needing them
  • plan Craft Month, and work ahead 
  • stitch two threads each night
  • complete stitching eight pieces (in addition to the smalls)
In order to succeed, I have taken the following steps:
  • signed up for the Smalls SAL
  • scheduled quarterly finishing weekends
  • joined Jen Funk-Weber's free stitchinar about finishing to be held on January 11
  • made a schedule of cards to make monthly
  • scheduled regular crafting time
  • made a list of (themed!) crafts, which I will begin tackling soon (breaking them down by category)
Of course, over the course of the year, I will find other ways to help myself succeed. Small steps.

However you celebrate it,
whatever your hopes and dreams may be,

Happy 2014!


Anonymous said...

Excellent goals, and I love the concept of a sacred word of the year.

Susan said...

Great goals, and you have persuaded me to join the Smalls SAL as well.

Can I talk you into joining the local(ish) sampler guild? It would be a good way to connect with other stitcher's!

Linda said...

Great goals Nikki. I know that you will accomplish all of them.

Happy New Year,

Robin said...

I like your goals. Good luck with them. I think I will be checking out the Jen Funk-Weber's stitchanar! Thanks for link.

Melissa said...

Oh, this was the perfect post for me this very moment. Thanks for the link and I will check it out! If you check my latest post you will see how much I am needing to figure things out these days!

I like the concept of the sacred word. I like the goals you have set for yourself!

Happy New Year!

Sherry :o) said...

Hmm, maybe patience would be my word...

Happy New Year! Good luck with the goals and I look forward to seeing the progress.

Chris said...

Sounds like a perfect New Year's Eve.
Great list of goals too.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Good Luck with your goals. I like this one - make cards in advance of needing them

I am aiming for "try posting before the last posting date". I am just so last-minute all the time!