Thursday, October 4, 2012

12 in 2012: An Update

I was reading Rose's blog yesterday and remembered that I haven't done a 12 in 2012 update for a few months. Instead of forcing traditional New Year's resolutions on myself (which I keep for approximately three seconds), I picked 12 overall goals to work on over the entire year. I have to say, I'm pretty stoked about how they're going. So stoked that I'm bringing back that word.

1. Exercise everyday. I totally fell off the yoga wagon when we moved. I'm back to averaging four days a week now... which is what I was doing in March. Oops.

2. Cook more. This one is going SO well. I've been trying a lot of new recipes since we moved, including homemade pizza and jalapeno-tomato soup. Top Chef material? No. But it's not a frozen burrito.

3. Stop working 24/7. I'm still a paranoid mother hen about my shops, but I've started letting myself relax on weekends. It's actually nice to watch football without a computer resting on my legs.

4. Go back to school. Doing it!

5. Get a new computer. The Hubster and I talked about this yesterday, actually, and we decided that this one won't be happening in 2012. He got a fancy new computer from work, so when my machine bites the dust (which should be any second now, the way it's acting), I can use his "other" Macbook that doesn't get much attention anymore. Bonus: now we don't have to buy Photoshop again.

6. Get rid of my old computer from college. Ugh, fail. Still haven't done this.

7. Organize my office. Again. Well, it WAS really organized before we moved. It's okay right now, but I need to get some better shelving for my shipping materials. I'm tired of stepping over boxes every time I need to plug in my phone.

This. Right here. Gimme.

8. Find some new art shows. Check! I did Indie Wed, which was adorable and highly recommended for anyone getting hitched.

9. Reach 650 sales in my main shop. I'm on track to hit this mark early, which kind of makes me awkward and blush-y. (I still get really flattered when people buy something from me.) As of today I have 630 sales in LWC. Likewise, my goal for Oh Nostalgia is to reach 100 sales, and I'm currently at 90. So close!

10. Paint the living room. Well, we don't live in the condo anymore so this one is kind of moot. I did paint a bathroom here, though, so I'll say it counts.

11. Read more historical fiction. Whoops! I forgot all about this one. After I read In the Garden of Beasts my brain moved on to other things.

12. Relax. Hubsey says I'm doing well, and if that's not a good indicator I don't know what is.

According to my count, I'm in the green for 8 out of 12. What is that, 75 percent? No wait. It's 66 percent. (See, this is why I do creative things for a living.) Did you set any goals for 2012? How are they going? Do you have a plan for the last quarter of the year?


  1. Sounds like you're on track for a great year! i did the 101 in 1001 day thing - I have some catching up to do, and have noticed after buying the house some of my old priorities will change so I'll need to update my list of 101 things. Last weekend though I mowed the lawn for the first time ever, I've never done that! check off the list. Also on there is to take my car to a car wash for the first time ever... big steps.

    And a super congrats on your shop sales! I don't think I'll ever be at those numbers.

  2. That home office looks divine!
    Congrats on your sales and good luck with all your goals!

  3. You're doing pretty well! I was just thinking yesterday I should check in on my list since we're nearing the end of the year--yikes! I'm still trying to focus on one day at a time for my sanity. Hopefully, by the end of the month, things will be more settled. I have a question for you when you painted the bathroom: did you tape or just go for it? I've heard arguments for both and am inclined to just paint without taping first. It's been a while since I painted anything though. Also, I am the type of person who would notice every imperfect line, so I'm torn.

    1. For a vast majority of it, I used an edger instead of tape. It was SO much faster, and I actually felt like I got a straighter line (because with tape, as soon as you start to angle a bit, you're screwed). I did break down and use tape on part of the ceiling. The corner wasn't totally square for my edger, and I didn't trust myself to freehand along an entire wall width.

  4. Looks like you're doing well! I'm terrible with maybe goal lists. Maybe a goal list should be a goal for me for 2012. Double goaling. Hmmmm.

    PS Taking weekends off is a good, good thing and new for me in 2012 as well.

  5. I think you are doing fabulous, slow and steady wins the race ;-)

  6. You're doing awesome on your goals! Congrats on your shop'll hit those goals in no time!
    I need some tips in the relax more/work less department...but those might have to wait til the first of the year :)

  7. Nice list! My 2012 goals are mainly just to relax and not worry too much about things. The year started with my husband, not yet one year old son and myself riding an Amtrak from Madison, WI to Seattle, WA and settling in. Most of my 'plans' are for 2013, which include returning to University after my semester hiatus (studying biology and photography), doing more photography, moving up to Edmonds, WA and getting a new sewing machine and making clothing for myself and my son.

    What are you thinking of going to school for?

  8. You are doing fantastic in meeting your 2012 goals. My goals simple, make the best choice that I can at the time as far as food and exercise go. And work on my Etsy shop.

    Today I exercised and finished 3 new things for my shop!! Now I just need to drink the rest of today's water. :)

  9. Great list...I so need to do this :)

  10. Congrats on doing so well so far, and there's still a lot of 2012 left! I honestly don't even remember what my resolutions were haha And love the paint job by the way, what a cute bathroom!

  11. Nice! Don't you feel productive when you forget about goals and then realize all you've done despite?

  12. That's great that so many of your goals are going so well! I struggle with finding a balance between my work and relaxing time, too. It's wonderful that your shop and home projects are progressing so nicely.