Even if it isn’t smacking me in the face, my friends’ goals for the new year trickling towards me through Twitter and the feed reader keep reminding me that 2011 is nearly here. And I think that maybe, just maybe, I should get off of my ass and do something this coming year. I’m afraid to go back and look at my 2010 goals because it will simply give me fodder to add to this year’s list. Perhaps I’ll take a peek after I write this up, make a couple of mental changes, and promptly drop all of those ideas again.
So here’s what I’ve got planned:
A quilt-a-long with my friend Jen. We are both newbie quilters and want to encourage each other while learning the tips and tricks of the quilting world. Doing this will also force me to clean out the craft room so that I can at least find my quilting tools.
I’m teaching my co-workers to knit! I’m very excited about this one. There are two or three folks besides me who knit already, so every two weeks we’ll have a little Stitch & Bitch at lunchtime and learn some knitting stuff together.
I definitely want to continue doing Healthmonth with team Fitblog. I blew December pretty badly there at the end, but my January goals are taking me back to the simple, yet important, basics. I’ll try to do some real butt-kicking in February.
I would really, really like to keep my Ravelry projects page updated. I don’t care so much to have my stash or books listed there, but keeping my notes together with each project would not only help others, but help me later when I need to go back and figure out what the hell kind of a stitch I used for that particular decrease.
Which brings us to the ever present knitting goal. This year I believe it will be the two fer one idea. I must finish two works-in-progress before I can begin a new project. And I will do my very best to use stashed yarn for said new project. I’ve surprised myself this week by not suddenly casting on a half a dozen new projects in anticipation of this goal, but there’s still a day left in the year. If you see me knitting on a brand new project at the New Year’s Eve party, kick me in the face.
The big one this year is learning to play my new instrument! Santa brought me an anglo concertina this year. I’m really looking forward to backing up Chris on his uke! But there is much practicing to be done. I’ll be happy if he and I can put together just three or four decent videos to share with you this year!
Whew! After listing all of that I’m not so sure that I’m going to continue to consider my ‘consideration’ goals. But here they are, just in case.
A couple of friends are doing a team knit-a-long on Ravelry which I wasn’t considering until I ran into m0mmacat at lunch today. Now I’m feeling a bit more pressure, but I do believe it will be too much knitting for me to commit to.
I want to participate in the Adoption Reading Challenge! Level 1 is just three books this year. I can do that, right? And then perhaps host a Domestic Violence Reading Challenge next year? We’ll see.
My fancy new phone has a pretty darn good camera on it, and I want to be pushed to share more photos. But 365 a year is too many for me. My life just isn’t interesting enough for a snapshot a day. I might be able to do one a week though.
I like the idea of having a monthly ten list. But I did horribly at it last time. I think I set my goals way too high. Shall I try again with a monthly five? A monthly three? How small is too small? Maybe list three mini-goals each month that all work towards one big yearly project?
So there they are, all laid out. I’ll be reading through this list a few more times over the long weekend and re-evaluating. Let’s just hope that this time next year I can look back at this list and smile instead of shudder.