Goals and Plans for 2015

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Although it’s been hard adjusting to work again, I must say that this is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s the time when you can dream big and make goals and lists without feeling silly or discouraged. There’s sort of a buzz that makes it seem like you can tackle anything (and that this will be the best year ever, of course).

To keep myself in check, I though I’d share a few goals I have for the year with you, as well as a bit of insight as to where I’d like to take this blog.

1. Host more workshops. I love creating tutorials for this blog, but I what I really love is creating with other people. While I have a few workshops lined up already (heads up Austin + anyone going to Craftcation), I’d still like to book a few more. Drop me a note in the comments if you’d like me to come to your city! Also Portland crafters, we should get together more. I’m coming up with something though, don’t you worry!

2. Focused Content. For the most part, I’ve been creating content for this blog on a whim, not sticking strictly to any rules aside from what I planned in Google Calendar. I’d like to make the content a bit more focused by starting specific columns. There will, of course, always be the original DIY column, but so much more. Last year was my first year as a full time blogger and I learned a lot. I’m hoping to share all that insight and more, but on a reoccurring basis, not just a post here and there.

3. Take More Walks. So this isn’t blog specific, but is totally necessary. Since I work from home, there are days that I don’t even leave the house. It gets gross over here I tell ya. I plan on taking a walk each day to clear my mind, breathe some fresh air, and disconnect from the internet for at least 10 minutes.

4. Get in Front of Camera. My guess is that if you saw me in public that there would be a slim chance you’d recognize me. My hands, maybe! But me, maybe not so much. The truth is that I kind of hate it. I mean, who actually likes getting their picture taken? But, I’m going to roll with it this year and try not to be so critical. Because at the end of the day, if you do see me in public, I’d love for you to say hello.

5. Work Life Balance. I guess this one ties into goal #3. Recently, I’ve been working 6.5 days a week and nearing 70+ hours on a regular basis. And even though there’s always a ton to do, I need to work smarter. Or at least let go of a few things here and there to save my sanity. Who knows, maybe I’ll start to take a weekend off once a month. Either way, I’m a firm believer that resetting is a good thing. Now all I need is to actually stick to it.

6. Expand my Brand. I’m hoping to do something big that will expand my brand beyond this blog. Lists have been made, dreams have been dreamt, now it’s all about execution.

 

Whew! Okay, now it’s your turn! What do you hope to accomplish this year?

 

  • I’m with you on the work/life balance. It’s seems like you’re having the same problem as me – too many ideas but no time!! I guess I would say I want to concentrate fully on a few ideas and not try to do everything! Perhaps then I can join you in the walking resolution (virtually not literally).

    Also I think you should take your workshops on the road. Across the pond perhaps? ;)

    • Ahh classic work/life balance! It’s so hard, especially given that we work in an industry that’s all about behind ahead of trends. Here’s hoping we find a middle ground this year :)

      And I would LOVE to host a workshop across the pond! Fingers crossed it happens!

  • Carrie Waller

    Love this list!! I can’t wait to see what you get up to in the year ahead, and I’m SO hopeful that we make an in-person meet-up happen. This is random, but if you ever were to do a post on how you photograph your DIYs (those famous hands and all), I know I’d be keen to learn your genius moves/technique!

    • Thanks Carrie! I really hope that too!

      And i’m in the midst of working on a photography column, so I’ll be sure to share all me secrets. Especially the ones where I paint my nails right before shooting :)

  • Aileen@AtHomeInLove

    I totally know what you mean about this time of year…it’s inspiring! The year feels full of possibility, and I’m excited for what’s ahead. Can’t wait to see what you do in 2015…I already know it will be amazing. And I hear you on the work/life balance too!!! Love the idea of taking at least one walk every day. It’s so important to get outside and get refreshed…

    • Aileen, you are so sweet! Thank you! I’m always blown away by how hard it can be some days to pry myself away to take a quick walk. So far so good though. Let’s just hope the rain isn’t as heavy so I can stick to the goal :)

  • SarahDambacher

    Come down to sunny San Diego :) I’d love to have a craft day!!
    Mixing and Making
    SarahDambacher@gmail.com

    • Oh that would be just lovely! I’ll definitely add it to my dream list of places to visit. Thanks Sarah!

  • Melissa

    Can’t wait to see more of you in front of the camera! xo

  • MJ

    I totally enjoyed reading through these! In my head (that strange, windy place) you have a distinct brand, and I can see it spilling over into so many great things. I think these boss images are totally heading that way. I hear you about being in front of the camera…need to do that one, too. Can’t wait to hear more in person soooooon! xo, MJ

    • Thank you so, so much MJ! You are by far one of the kindest and most supportive people I’ve met through this little blogging adventure. Can’t wait to meet up later this week. Who knows, maybe we’ll take a picture together :)

      • MJ

        You’re too sweet. One of my favorite parts of blogging is pointing the arrow towards talent and brilliance.

        And we are totally yucking it up for some photos. xoxo, MJ

  • I loved reading your goals!! You have a couple that echo mine as well- I have such an issue with being in front of the camera! I really want to show off my outfits and I just need to get over my fear because I have a lifestyle blog, which INCLUDES fashion. But I’ve been photographing for so many years, I just prefer to be behind the camera :) Also, I would totally come to a workshop if you held one in NYC!! (you should definitely hold one in NYC.) Anyways, can’t wait to see what you have planned for 2015!

    • Oh I HEAR ya on being behind the camera! It’s such much easier, don’t you think? With that being said, I’d love to see more of you and your outfits– you have great taste!

      And NYC is totally on my list! I’ll be sure to keep you posted :) Yay!

  • Monique

    Great goals! I loved reading this post! I can’t wait to see the DIY’s you’ll be making this year. Focused or not ;)

    WritingMonique

  • I’m so with you on the work/life balance thing! A weekend off would be AMAZING! I’m also trying to work smarter in 2015 and I think some of it lies with creating systems, so that I’m not constantly re-inventing the wheel.

    • YES! That’s exactly it! When things are stacked too high on the plate, it’s easy to overlook the smartest way of getting tasks done. Here’s to a wonderful 2015 for the both of us!

  • Sarah

    Such great goals, Rachel! Creating more focused content and having a better work life balance are also some of my goals this year. Looking forward to chatting with you more about these goals in a couple weeks!

    • Awesome! Maybe we can keep each other in check? Can’t wait to see you later this week!

      • Sarah

        Let’s do it! See you TOMORROW!

  • Great Blog post! I’ve been trying to get my etsy store (and brand) going. So far so good. As far as making time for other things in life, it’s easy to loose track of time but you’re doing what you love. :)

  • Hey lady– sorry I missed this! It was marked as spam for some reason!

    Love your enthusiasm! We should probably snapchat each other pictures from our daily walks, am I right?! Checks and balance system :)