Archive for January, 2010


2010 Personal Goals

Seriously, It’s been too long. My fear of blogging came back and all I could think of was, “what if people read this?!”. Oh, wait – people already have and I didn’t disintegrate. So, back to it. (oh, and the dog ate my last couple of posts)

2010 is shaping up to be a pretty incredible year and it would seriously be too long a post to try and catch up on 2009. Instead, I’d like to take lessons learned from last year and get organized for the year ahead. Last year was great in getting my creative battery recharged and meeting a lot of wonderfully awesome folks. I did, however, neglect my health a bit and rejected the idea that my obsession for organization would somehow be useful in my creative pursuits – I feared that it would interfere with the flow and eventually realized that it is part of MY flow. Lesson learned. I will be healthier this year and am grateful for my organizational compulsions because it is what will keep me on track, on task with my growth and accomplishment as an artist (OMG, did I just call myself that?!). Anyway, before this part of the post gets any longer, here are my personal goals for 2010:

28 Thing A Day Entries: Last year I participated in a month-long event called Thing-A-Day where makers of all kinds tried to make something everyday and logged it on the Thing-A-Day site. Much like any other collective or group, there is something motivating about seeing others make things and sharing your own made items. There were a couple of days where I’d say my “made” items were questionable (like the day I made a friend). Anyway, I’d really like to try and shoot for a solid 28 on time this year. I was actually hoping to get some local folks to join me in this effort this year for maybe some ThingADay weekend updates? Who’s with me?

156 20+ Minute Workouts Logged: OK, A couple of years ago, I got really tired of being unhealthy, decided to get healthy and actually lost about 35 pounds and felt great. I’ve since gained a good bit of the weight back, I can feel my lethargic asthmatic lungs working hard when I’m going up these San Francisco hills. So, I’m getting back to it. I’m using the same tool that got me there before, Spark People. It’s a great website with a lot of good information on how to get started, tips on strategies for finding ways to get healthy. The best part is that it’s free… and they now have an iPhone app for it, too!

300 Food Log Entries: More than the weight loss, I want to try and stay healthy and keep the ratio of healthy eating days to indulgent gorging days at least 5:1. The best way for me to do it is to SEE what I’m eating as I go throughout my days and I’ll be using SparkPeople to track that, too.

24 Blog Entries (23, after I publish this one!), not including ThingADay entries: To try and keep myself disciplined in blogging, I’m going to try averaging 2 per month. I’m hoping the surge in February will help me exceed this one.

52 New Craft Projects Started (New Activity/Technique/Patterns): Last year I found myself repeating a lot of projects over and over because I just really wanted to make something. At the end of the day, I was somewhat relieved that I’d made something, but a little unsatisfied with the repetition without learning something new. So, I’d like to learn at least 52 new things that I can apply to making something. This week, I went to my first Make:SF meeting, used a soldering iron for the first time (Kariel – you would be proud!) and made a Bristle Bot:

Bristle Bot

12 Craft Projects Completed: So, out of all the stuff I’m learning, I’d like to have 12 completed, tangible things. Last year, I focused on knit, crochet and sewed items and I think I finished more than 12 pieces, but I didn’t document, so I’m not sure. My aim for this goal is simply to document at least 12 of the things I finish.

4 New Designs (of my own): Out of everything I’m learning and making, I have been the least disciplined about documenting the steps to things I make up on my own. This has happened in the kitchen often when I experiment. It turns out great, but then I can’t repeat it. So, I’d like to make sure I document at least 4 of these events from start to finish (in the kitchen, craft room or elsewhere). Ya, starting small on this one.

There you have it. Now that I’ve told you, I have to do it. I’m looking forward to what’s already starting out to be a great year and excited to be checking off and raising these goals this time next year.



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