2013: Looking Forward

Like so many others, I look at every new year as a chance to start anew – begin a new project, tackle a nagging bad habit, start a new dream.  In the past several days, I’ve thought a lot about what I want to do for the new year.  I’m not going to address my entire list here, but I thought I’d highlight a few.

I’m on my fifth year of doing a daily photo project, or Project 365.  Hard to tell by looking at the blog since my last post was somewhere mid-year three.  A new baby girl allowed me the opportunity to redirect some of my energy for a while.

This year, I’m not going to do a daily photo project, or more accurately, I’m not going to blog a Project 365. I’ll be taking my project off-line.  One of my goals for this year is to document my daily and family life in a Project Life journal.

You can read all about Becky Higgins’ Project Life product on her website.  I have all the supplies for the Clementine theme, and I’m pretty excited about it.

I will be doing an online Project 52, where I will be posting a weekly photo.  Instead of just taking a photo for the day, I want to plan out my image and really think about how to best photograph my subject.  My hope is to improve my photography.

Since I did not post a single image from my Project 365 for 2012, I am considering posting those daily images this year instead.  I just read about this idea today, so I haven’t quite fleshed out how it might work for me, but I like the idea of catching up on what I didn’t manage last year.

So there’s three things rattlings around in my head.  I think that’s a good place to start for 2013.

I’ll end with a quote I read this morning that really spoke to me on many different levels.  I think it is a good thought for my year and the projects and challenges ahead.

What are your goals, dreams and aspirations for 2013?

Blogging Break

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~Walt Disney

So… I’ve been gone from the scene for a while.

It was actually planned. Well, at least at the beginning I had a plan.

I didn’t talk about it before I took a break, but it maybe would have been a good idea to explain why I was planning an extended break from my blog and Twitter. I was just afraid to admit it out loud because I don’t like to fail. If I explained what my plan was, then I’d have to come back and say whether it worked out or not.

And here’s the deal, it didn’t work out. Nothing worked like I thought it would. But I learned from my break and some things really changed.

Sometime around the end of the last Bead Soup Blog Party (when last we met), I decided that I was going to put into action what I’d wanted to do for a long time. I was going to make some pieces (30 to be exact) and I was going to finally open my own Etsy store. I wanted to create a line in time for Christmas shopping.

I’ve been designing and creating jewelry for eight years now. I’ve been gathering up supplies (for years), saying I was going to make certain pieces I’d designed, and I finally decided I was going to “quit talking and begin doing”.

I was going to leap right in.

Just watch me.

I’m here on this ledge…

I had a plan. Starting at the end of July, I was going to take 6 weeks. The plan was 1 week to firm up some ideas, 4 weeks to create (all of August), and 1 week to take pictures and post (beginning of September).

You can stop laughing now.

Once I started on creation, I quickly realized that there was no way I would be able to put together 30 pieces. If I was planning on just doing stringing or some wire work, then I might have been able to pull it off. But what I wanted to do was make some soldered focal pieces and bracelets.

Like this…

Soldered Pendant

I also wanted to do some metal work, which was going to take more time than one piece a night. I wasn’t specific enough in what metal pieces I was going to create. I had ideas, but my designs were still forming.

I wasn’t too discouraged because I figured I could put together some earrings pretty quickly to round out my 30 pieces. And I had some simpler stuff I could do too.

But things kept consuming my time. I work full time. I was taking a drawing class every Monday night until 10. I was actually in class 3 nights a week at the end of July. There were birthdays late in the summer, which took up some evenings.

Then, my oldest started Kindergarten at the end of August (sniff), and suddenly my evenings in September were filling up with back-to-school things. I was also working with my sister-in-law to plan the 40th Anniversary party of our parents-in-law in mid-September.

I just kept pushing my dates back and working as best I could. But by mid-September I still only had 5-6 pieces in various states of completion.

Then… at the end of September, I found out about this…

And everything came to a screeching hault.

I felt pretty okay for about 2 weeks after we found out, but then the morning sickness and exhaustion hit.  This one has been especially hard.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’m older or because I have two other kiddos, but I have had a hard time.  It was probably some where around Christmas that I started seeing some of my energy come back, but I still can’t keep up like I used to.

I am itching to create though, and I haven’t forgotten about my vision to put together a shop.  I’m hoping to create some pieces for Valentine’s Day and Spring.  It may end up being 10 things, but I’m going to try.

Bracelet-to-be

work-in-progress

I’ll post when it happens, but this time I plan to be back before then.