Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hopes vs. Goals

I've been trying to figure out how to get motivated to start on the things I want to accomplish. Reading Mimi Kirchner's blog Doll finally gave me the method I needed. She talks, not about setting goals, but about making a list of "hopes for the new year." In that vein, I came up with the following:

Create prototypes for several products.

Finish and donate priority quilt to AAQI.

Learn to string dolls.

Learn new mixed-media techniques. As a start, I have begun the latest Strathmore Online Workshop, with Traci Bautista.

Set up an Etsy shop.

Clear out excess (both in my home and in my studio). One way I will be doing this is by using my stash as if it were a store, shopping there for supplies instead of going out for new things.

Finally, make progress on UFO's. Here, again, it is a way to clear out excess, and provide myself with the satisfaction of finishing projects already in process.

Additionally, I have finally begun to feel as if I am gaining control over my schedule, which has been one of the most difficult things I've encountered since I retired from the day job. My time is now divided by research, artwork, and volunteering. It feels as if 2012 is going to be a marvelous year!

I wish you the enjoyment of finding your path and learning to walk in it, and until next time, peace and all good.


  1. Sounds like a "hopeful" new year! May all your hopes come to pass. And good luck with the Etsy shop. Let us know when it's ready. (No pressure, just encouragement!)

  2. I wish you a 2012 filled with hope and a sense of accomplishment. I look at each project and break it into steps I can complete. This allows me not only to pace myself, but to feel like I get something accomplished each step of the way! :-)

  3. Thanks for the encouragement. Knowing there are others who understand and are rooting for me helps make it feel more possible.