2013 looking forward…..

2013 looking forward…..

So today’s post is part of the Folk Journal Project again.  Late, but in the same week at least (they cut the link-ups off, so there is a healthy little bit of pressure there to get this done! I like that!)

This week’s quandary was What goals do you hope to achieve this year? How are your New Year’s Resolutions holding up?

I will start with the second question….Resolutions? I have never really made them….most people talk about breaking them anyway so what’s the point? I really don’t see them helping my self esteem.

On the other hand I always have MANY goals for every year.  Most of which don’t get done unfortunately.  The Tyranny of the Urgent often overtakes the Important. But in an attempt to somewhat match up with Folk’s journal prompt, feel free to read on.

The two biggest goals that I have are as follows:

First, I’d like to get that book that I was supposed to have finished last year done! 2012 presented itself last year this time with many setbacks both financial, emotional, and motivational.  They were pretty overwhelming to me.  It took the entire year and will take some more this year to overcome those setbacks and there may be more, who knows. I am trying my best to rely on God’s help to overcome them…..which also isn’t easy for me, but I will keep trying.  All that being said, I am expecting 2013 to be far better than 2012 in the long run…..AND to get that book finished for the editing phase!

The second major goal is to get the painting on our house finished. It was mostly done in the fall of 2011, but there were some still large portions on the porches to do last year, and not much of that got done.  So we need to get that wrapped up.

There is another big project to be done this year, but it is really part of a bunch of little goals for Blue Nickel Studios. And since a picture is worth a thousand words, I will let this picture show you what needs to be done.

small image of part of studio mess

Yup, that is one HALF of my studio….and the other half doesn’t look much better, so my major commitment to myself and my ever so patient wife is to clean and organize this monstrosity.  It may well take up the entire year, but I think I can do it, and I hope to show you some beautiful pictures by this coming fall/winter.

So some of the goals that go with this cleanup and finish a bunch-a-stuff work plan are listed next in no certain order necessarily.

  • Sell a bunch of  de-stashing of fabric and misc. items and vintage stuff I don’t need anymore on Etsy and or Instagram.
  • Get at least 4 patterns ready to sell as downloadable PDF’s and then print versions down the road. (I really want to get 10 patterns done, but that is probably more than I can do with all of the other plans going on….I’ll settle for 4 and be happy for anything above that!)
  • Get my class list for Sisters 2014 lined up and submitted to the staff (that has to be finished by the end of February at least I think)
  • Plan for more classes to teach locally for the rest of this year.
  • And a few more things that I have to keep secret for now, but I am hoping for good things from ( I know I am always “hoping” it seems.  Here’s to a year of getting more than “hoping” done on them!)

And probably the biggest goal that I should be looking at is not being so busy! I need to make sure that I try to spend more time with my parents and kids and wife…..so those are also huge goals for me to concentrate on….if you can call them goals….and if some of the other things listed first don’t get done this year because of time spend on family and loved ones well that is how it goes (however if things don’t get done because I was wasting time on the computer, well then, that better be a goal as well–more PRODUCTIVE time on the PC!)

Hardly my most eloquently written blog post, but I managed to spit out a few things regarding goals and maybe, just maybe, I might remember to work on them throughout the year to come.

What are your goals this year? It’s hard sometimes to know which to work on first, isn’t it?



  • I have been there on the organizing the studio! Good luck on making progress!

    January 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm
  • Funny, I just showed my husband a picture of our garage in Miami where we “created”. It looked just like your studio…so I know..yup, I know what it is like to be so overwhelmed. For me, it is always done one step at a time..one corner at a time. Maybe you could show that progress as it happens..that would be motivating!

    January 15, 2013 at 7:06 am
  • nikki


    Sure a few outside prayers couldn’t hurt(prayed for you)Love the pre-organized area not too sure a clean area would stay that way! Cannot wait to help you organize by lightening your load 🙂 keep trusting Jesus His ultimate plan and path will be amazing to look back on in the coming year.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:41 am
  • I’m seriously amazed that you can do anything in there!

    January 15, 2013 at 1:07 pm
  • Susan


    I need to join you on the studio cleaning! Maybe we could hold each other accountable for cleaning a piece of the studio each week…if we did it one corner at a time, once a week (or 15 minutes a day), we could make progress!

    January 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm
  • since I sew in the dining room. I have been working hard at cleaning at the completion of each project. It rarely works,but it is a start. Keep plugging away and it will improve.

    January 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm
  • It sounds as though you have some wonderful goals. Spending time with the people you love is a great one to keep at the top of this list. I’m looking forward to seeing the new patterns you are developing and your book.

    January 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm
  • Elizabeth Bolton


    Thanks for sharing the photo of your sewing space – mine looks so exactly the same, even down to the green sewing table with the little drawer, I felt a little encouraged that I might get it cleared up and more usable this year. I join you in that goal: tidying, organizing, and thinning out excess. That, daily walking, and regular meditation (à la Andy Puddicombe’s program “Get Some Headspace” on my iPad) are my 3 goals for this year – and I want to succeed!! I enjoy your blog – thanks for sharing.

    January 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm
  • MoeWest


    That’s a big list of goals for this year! I wish you all the luck in the world. Perhaps you’ve already done this, but if not may I suggest that you need more detailed planning on a daytimer to keep on top of these things. Don’t forget to schedule in family time and ‘me’ time. It works for me with work projects and personal ones. Of course I have to reprioritize and adjust on a regular basis because nothing ever goes strictly according to plan. 😉

    January 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm

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