So instead of doing one of the usual "catch-up" posts, I am just going to say that a lot of crap happened and a lot of said crap was crafty stuff, and just start over with a clean slate for the new year. But before I go ahead and wipe that slate clean, let's review the goals that I set at the beginning of good ol' 2012 and see how I measured up. And maybe I'll throw in some photos along the way.
Ok! So here we go.
*I am going to keep being the best mom and wife that I can be. The kids are still alive, and no matter what my husband says, I haven't poisoned him yet. So still on the right track with that.
*I would like to try and get out of my comfort zone with my photography. I don't think that I have really taken steps to be more adventurous with my photography, so I may need to revisit this one.
*Make things for my shop on a more regular basis. I have to say that I am pretty proud on this one. I have treated my etsy shop like a normal job and have been trying to keep it steadily stocked. I recently reached 100 sales!!! YAY!
*Write my blog posts on a more regular basis also. heh. I wasn't as diligent with this as I would have liked to be. But....It has been over a year since I started this little blog and I definitely plan to keep on going.
*Be better about getting things in the mail on time. This one comes and goes, but I think I have mostly shaped up on it.
*Try really hard to trust and believe in myself and what I do. I think that this one will always be a struggle for me. There were a few times this year when things didn't go exactly how I think they should and I had major doubts and just wanted to call it quits. And if it wasn't for amazing friends to talk me off the ledge, I would have. (you know who you are, and I heart you)
BUT on a positive note, I did contribute a tutorial for Sew Mama Sew, so that's something, at least.
*I have at least 1 meet up with an internet friend(s). This is another one I did really great on!!! Let's see, in Febuary I had a meet up in Birmingham with some lovely ladies
and also in February I met with Amber from One Shabby Chick when she visited Nashville
Kelly from Kelby Sews moved to the Nashville area so I have had a few visits with her. Here is a pic from one of our sewing dates we had in July.
And last but most definitely not least, I went to Houston in October to visit my sweet friend, Jacey. The whole trip was completely amazing and I was sorry when it ended. It isn't very often that you get to meet a person that you have so much in common with that hanging out with them just feels natural.
Ok, let's see, where does leave us..... oh ya,
*if I happen to lose a few pounds, that would be ok too. Ummmmm, let's just not talk about this one, ok?
So all-in-all, it was great year! Lot's of big events happened. I celebrated my 10 year wedding anniversary, and also my 30th birthday, and I went to DRAGON*CON and I got a new puppy!! (of course now, he is almost a year old)
All amazing things. There was lots of crafting in between those things, and I finished up a lot of projects I had lying around.
So now on to the New Year and with that, new list of resolutions.
*Keep on being the best mom and wife I can be.
*Start releasing some of the patterns and tutorials I have been sitting on because I am a chicken shit.
*Visit with more internet friends and try to get over my social anxiety.
*Keep working on my photography.
*Try to stay on task with my blog and actually document all of the projects that I make as I go instead of just "re-capping" them when I fall behind.
*Keep working on my confidence and individuality, and also try to understand that just because my style of things doesn't work for a certain venue, that it isn't because my the things that I make aren't any good.
*Really, really try and lose some weight
As a side note, I am having a sale in my shop to bring in the New Year! 30% off of everything with the coupon code HappyNewYear2013. It starts now and will end tomorrow at midnight.
Happy New Year Friends!! Be happy and stay safe.