It’s already February 1st, 2017 and we are officially already 1/12th of the way through the year. I want to use the first part of this post to talk about something I do every year, but haven’t shared with you yet this year: resolutions.
Every year I come up with about 100 resolutions, and this year is no different. Some of the biggies are:
– Read 25 books this year (approximately 1 every 2 weeks). A big part of this goal is also getting a local library card and listening to books on tape in the car (perfect for ignoring the horrible news out of Washington in the morning… just not the best way to start the day). Plus this means I need to carve out non-sleepy times to actually sit down and read. It’s harder than it sounds.
– Finish my bedroom. This feels shallow, but my bedroom is the only room in my apartment where I never hung anything up. I don’t know why, but I finally hung pictures that have been leaning against the wall. Part of this goal was also to go through every room of the house and purge items that haven’t been used in a while. I actually found an air-pop popcorn machine that I’ve been happy to start using! Who knew it was collecting dust under some pans?
– Be better about waking up early. Fully make the bed. Have breakfast. Take time to look out the window and not have mornings be a race.
– Be good about calling far away friends. This includes something I’m excited about which is sending actual birthday cards. None of this Facebook wall “happy birthday!” but an actual card that friends can open at and brighten their day.
– Bogging! I feel like my life has transitioned so much that it’s hard to keep up on the blog, but I’ve made it a goal to carve out time once a week (or more if possible) to share about something positive and inspiring. It feels good to get my voice back out there too.
– B Meyer Studio work goals. I always have lofty work goals, and I won’t go into all of them here but a big shift that Im working on is focusing less on big pieces (like tables) and more on customizable smaller pieces that are easier to ship. This means I can reach out to more shops and hopefully get my items in their collections. As of January 2017, I’m already selling at 3 different stores (plus etsy of course).
– Volunteer! This has several mini-goals rolled up in it. For example given our political climate volunteering in my mind also includes protesting. Protesting is volunteering time to a cause and adding to the tally of support. In January I marched in Washington (an amazing day) and also promoted Planned Parenthood by attending a Saturday PRO-PP rally (this happens every Saturday and I think will be my equivalent of attending church), and of course attending a candlelight vigil for refugees in protest to Trump’s Muslim Ban. In addition to attending events, I’ve also decided to donate much more regularly to causes that I support. Also supporting real news falls under this category and I now subscribe to the weekend NYTimes as well as many magazines. Now is the time to realize that where you shop and spend money holds a lot of power.
I have a ton more goals, but these are the categories most important to me right now.
January Goal recap: I’ve been pretty steady with most of my goals this month. Lots of donations, protesting +volunteering time. My shop is not as busy as December, but Im enjoying the downtime and using it to build up my inventory. I’ve blogged several times since the new year and feel good about that. I finished hanging art in my bedroom and have been doing my best to get up early and see the sunrise as I get ready. I’ve read 1.5 books this month (so a little behind) but I’ve listened to 3 audio books so I’m feeling good about that.
One thing that helps me when I get a little down is making a list of what I’ve done and should feel good about. Basically once a day I write the date and follow it up with one sentence to sum up a good thing I did today. Sometimes time flies by and you look back at a month and think “gosh a month gone and I did nothing!” and this is to prove to myself that I made progress in life. Also it’s nice to strive for something to write down. For example if I’ve spent the day doing non-exciting tedious tasks and feel like”Ive got nothing exciting to write down for today!” it forces me to think of something fun or new to do in the evening so that Ill have something to write down. It’s a good way to live and gets you out of your comfort zone.