I know we’re almost half way through January, but I’d still love to share my 2014 goals with you! I love setting goals of things I’d like to work on. Last year, I set a goal to improve my sewing skills, and I did! I had a blast focusing on a few focused subjects. So this year, I’m doing the same!
1. Open that blasted pattern shop I keep talking about and fill it full of amazing patterns. I mean, seriously, how often over the last year did you hear me talk about my pattern I’m working on? Don’t answer. Ha! I’m going to take a breather (not a break) from blogging, and focus on making purse patterns. I have this dream of having a digital pattern shop full of great, modern purse patterns. There are tons of great clothing pattern shops, but not many purse pattern shops. I think it’s something we’re lacking a little in the sewing community, and I’d like to help fill that gap!
2. Get back into illustration. My first experience with art was drawing. While my friends were at soccer practice in elementary school, I was at drawing lessons. I felt home there and I thrived. While in school for fashion design, I took a fashion illustration class. While I loved learning the perfect way to draw fashion figures, I was constantly told that my faces weren’t right, that they were too “cutesy.” It drove me mad. I tried to perfect them, and failed. I fought the battle between making my professor happy and drawing what I wanted to. I started to loose the love for putting a pen to paper. Once that class was over, I needed a break from drawing, and I have yet to stop that break. Over the past year, I’ve seen many beautiful illustrations on Pinterest, and I’ve felt an pull in my fingers to pick up a pen again. I know I’ve lost a lot, if not all of the skill I once had, but this year, my creative focus for myself is illustration. I want to learn calligraphy, paint flowers, and draw faces and cutesy as I possibly can. I can’t wait!
3. Have fun! This may sound silly, but one of my goals this year is to have more fun with my family. 2013 was full of house stuff. We got our house ready to sell, and I did my best to keep it show-ready with a one year old around. That was crazy. After we sold our house, we stayed with my parents while we waited for our new house to be finished being built. My parents live in a big, non-baby proofed house. Chasing Max around there for two months was hard and exhausting. Then the last part of the year we spent moving into, and setting up our new house. It seemed like last year we were mostly just trying to survive. But now! Now we are settled and live in a baby proofed home (for the first time ever! Can you hear the heavens singing? It’s amazing.). My goal is to fill this year with fun things. Build tents with Max, go to the park, date my husband. I want to shift from surviving to living.
Welcome 2014! I’m looking forward to a fun year Do you set goals at the new year? What are they? I’d love to hear!