2014: Resolutions / Goals.

After the 2013 Resolution Debacle (where almost everything I wrote actually happened), I thought I should take a more serious approach this year. And thus, a perfectly serious list of things I wish to accomplish in 2014.

1) Eat an apple. 
– Apples are better at waking you up in the morning than coffee or soda. Apples make you realize great important things, like gravity and your lack of clothes. Apples allegedly keep the doctor away. But I don’t eat very many because I’m sensitive to tart things and they make my face pucker. To make this goal fair, the apple packs in Happy Meals count as 1/4 of an apple. (By the way, those apples are delicious.)

2) Read 12 books.
– I’m not overshooting myself like I did in 2012 (52 book goal), and I’m not making a mockery of reading like I did in 2013 (1 book goal). This goal seems attainable, even with all the other things I like to do. Like dress shop on my phone. And sleep. Of course I’ll be using Good Reads to track of my progress for me.

3) Expand shop inventory.
– When I opened my shop, I was making things that I thought people wanted. Then I cut inventory wayyyyyyy down and decided I would focus on only a couple of items and just make a lot of them. This past year I did a lot better because I started stocking things that I like, things I created because I needed them. Well, I need other things. Like cross-body bags. And a new wallet. And an adventure bag. And once I work out the kinks I’ll start stocking them in the shop!

4) Stop saying yes to every project.
– Basically, any time someone asks if I can make something for them, or work on a project for them, or create a whole new thing because they have this vision of what they want and can’t find it in a store, I say yes. Few questions asked. I sign myself up.

Usually it’s similar to this: Someone says, “Hey, can you knit me a house-sized blanket so I don’t have to pay so much for heat?” And  I’m like, “Well, I don’t really know how to knit….” And then the person is like, “I think it would be really awesome to have a house-sized blanket.” And then I’m like, “Well, I guess I could figure it out…” And then the person is like, “Great! When do you think you’ll have it done?” And I’m like, “Uhm, well I have a lot of projects going right now (always true), so I might not get to it for a couple of weeks…” And now I’m knitting a house blanket.

It’s not that I don’t like new projects, or doing things for people, or challanging myself. It’s just that I know me. Pretty well. I’m a grade A procrastinator. I create this ball of stress and pressure around the project, and put it off and put it off and put it off and then it takes like, two years for me to finish it. No Joke; ask my friend Lauren about her t-shirt blanket. So I’m going to have to start saying no, or at least explaining that if someone wants to wait two years then I can probably get to it. Eventually.

5) Write more.
– I love writing! I went to school for writing! I started a blog so I could write more! And then I just stopped. Everything. I stopped recording my dreams, keeping a notebook, blogging, sending letters. I even stopped pretending that I work solely to collect material for my fictional novel about the jerks at the RMV (DMV, BMV, DOT, etc, depending on what part of the country you are from). I don’t know what I’m doing, but I know I’m doing it wrong.  And that has to stop.

6) Fabric intervention on myself. 
– I have fabric piled at the end of my bed, in a bin in my closet, in a laundry basket on a chair, on top of books, on both my printers. And I just, it’s a lot for my small craft room / library / office / bedroom. I really need to focus on using what I have before I add significantly to my inventory again. This will be hard. I do not intend to succeed. But I will  try!

7) Become more independent by moving out of my parents’ very comfortable basement. 
– There comes a time in every girl’s life where she says to herself, “I’m almost 26. I live out of my childhood bedroom. I’m the oldest of three, and I’m the only one still at home. Maybe my time is coming…” Now, to be clear, I love my parents. And we get along very well! And I can hang with Panda all the time, and I get a lot funny material for my blog. But sometimes, in order to grow, you need to leave your extremely supportive and protective nest. And I know that if my wings don’t open and I nose dive from the tree and break my beak in half, my parents will scoop me back up and give me lots of band aids. If they don’t turn my room into a conference room. 

8) Sleep more. 
– I could probably do with a little extra sleep, even though my main problem is dreaming. So much dreaming! But perhaps if I hit the hay an hour or so earlier I can recoup the time lost waking up between dreams. The other night I had a dream that I ran into Gerry (this really cute, really old man who works for a car dealership and is in my office a lot) at the old IGA. And we decided to go shopping together and kept running into all these people that we didn’t know we both knew, people we hadn’t seen in years! And even though Gerry was still really old, he wasn’t wearing his hearing aids anymore, and he could hear better than ever. THEN I remembered that he got hurt, and probably won’t come see us at work anymore, and I told him this and he said that he was fine and I gave his frail frame a hug and said he was my favorite Insurance Runner ever. When I woke up was afraid he was dead and was dream ghost visiting me. (He isn’t dead!)

9) Do not allow the world to crush me. 
– Last year, I got crushed. When I was 20, I got crushed. When I was 15, I got crushed. Judging by this pattern, I shouldn’t have any real concerns until I’m 30. But it’s not a hard-hit kind of crushing. It’s a gradual decline into it. 2013 was addressing it, working at it, making changes to fix it. And 2014 will be more of that.

It’s important to remember that goals are not the be all end all. Goals are things to work towards. Sometimes you get there, sometimes you don’t. And that’s ok! Best of luck with your goals this year!

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7 Responses to “2014: Resolutions / Goals.”


  1. 1 Katelynn January 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I love this list of goals to work toward. You are funny and creative, smart and able to accomplish whatever you set your heart on. I believe in you!

  2. 5 Jay January 17, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Ooh, I’m excited for the adventure bags. I love adventures! And good luck with your goals. I like how for the first one it’s worded so that you’ll achieve it even if you just eat one apple all year :)

    • 6 TheTragicWhale January 19, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you! And I’ll let you know how the adventure bags are coming along when I start making the adventure bags… aha :)


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