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2008 Goals: First Quarter Check-In

Back in January, I set some goals for myself for the year. As we are now well into March, I thought it would be wise to look back at my goals and see what progress I’ve made so far. I figure this will help me to keep on track, and to be honest, I don’t remember all my specific goals. If I don’t check in now, I won’t be surprised when it’s January 2009 and I have to set the same goals again!

  1. Continue to make changes and choices that are healthier for me and the environment.
    • I am going to make myself a set of canvas grocery bags, to cut down on plastic waste.This one is still a work in progress. I posted my plans for making bags a couple weeks ago and shared a bunch of links to different grocery bag patterns, and then when I actually got to the store, I was overwhelmed by the price of canvas. So no bags yet, although I’ve found a source for affordable canvas online, but I’ve got the patterns and I’m getting closer to achieving this goal. Until then, you should see my amazing plastic bag collection. I never through those things away… they always get at least a second life.

       

    • I am going to continue to try to clean my home with natural ingredients. If you haven’t already, I recommend that you pick up a copy of Michael De Jong’s Clean: The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing. It’s a wonderful, affordable little book.I’ve got gallons of vinegar (white and apple cider), borax, salt, and baking soda to clean with, and I usually have fresh lemons waiting. I’m still trying to use up the last of my purchased cleaning products, too. (I struggle with finding a balance between adopting new cleaning behaviors and frugality–I hate wasting things I already have!) I love how easily I can clean my stove-top with baking soda and lemon juice, and SciFi Man has a borax vinegar mixture that does a great job on our tub.

       

    • I will try to use more recycled packaging when I ship my Etsy orders.All my new envelopes are made with 100% recycled materials. It’s also pretty easy to recycle tissue paper. I have also re-used actual envelopes that are in good condition. And I have used Erin’s tip of covering old envelopes with scrapbook paper scraps, which looks quite pretty. I have used recycled packaging when sending out non-Etsy orders, too. I’ve gotten to the point where I feel frustrated when I don’t have a used envelope in my stash to re-use.

       

    • Check out Broomhuggers great eco-friendly suggestions for 2008.I guess this one wasn’t really a goal, but I’m still reading Broomhuggers and implementing their suggestions (or at least becoming a little wiser) when I can.
  2. Reach 100 Etsy sales.
    As of today, I have sold 63 items on Etsy. Back in January, I had sold 32. That means I have sold in 3 months what took me 6 months to sell last year. If I continue at this pace, I should meet my goal by the end of the summer. I’m glad that it looks like I’ll have a little cushion, as I expect May to be particularly hectic, and I don’t know how much I will be able to add to my shop. 
  3. Develop a time management plan.
    • I have never been particularly good at managing my time. I stay up too late and, consequently, get up too late. (Or get up early because I have to and spend the day exhausted.) I know this directly affects how much I am able to accomplish. I have a lot of personal and professional things I want to accomplish this year, and I already know I can’t do that if I continue to sally forth without a plan. So this year, I’m going to make a plan and follow it.I started out the year going to bed at a regular, reasonable time. Something has happened, though, and I’ve drifted back to my old habit of staying up way too late and functioning less-than-optimally in the morning. More than the morning, really, my whole day feels different when I’m actually sufficiently rested. I’m back to step one on this one–I need to re-establish a reasonable sleep schedule. Once I’ve mastered that, I can work on scheduling the rest of my life.
  4. Finish outstanding 2007 projects before committing myself to new 2008 projects.
    • KT’s bag.
    • Sheetal’s bag.
    • Grandpa’s quilt.
    • Double wedding ring quilt.
    • That school stuff I don’t like to think about.Oh yeah, this goal. I sort of forgot about this one and went ahead and committed to more projects. I agreed to make a tote bag for my friend to carry her teaching materials in, to make a bag for another friend, and to make all the bridesmaids bags for my friend’s wedding in May. Plus that outstanding stuff. I will work hard on goal number three (which I think will help me to accomplish goal number four) and try to remember not to commit to more projects until I finish this list.

So that’s where I stand on my 2008 goals three months in. I’ll check in with them again in June. How are you doing with your new year’s resolutions?

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It’s 2008 Already?

With all that’s been going on in my life lately, 2008 has snuck up on me. So, 5 days late, I’m thinking about the year ahead and what I would like to do with it. I’ve read other blog posts about resolutions and I think I should set some down, too. It’s easier to get where you’re going if you have an idea of where that is.

  1. Continue to make changes and choices that are healthier for me and the environment.
    • I am going to make myself a set of canvas grocery bags, to cut down on plastic waste.
    • I am going to continue to try to clean my home with natural ingredients. If you haven’t already, I recommend that you pick up a copy of Michael De Jong’s Clean: The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing. It’s a wonderful, affordable little book.
    • I will try to use more recycled packaging when I ship my Etsy orders.
    • Check out Broomhuggers great eco-friendly suggestions for 2008.
  2. Reach 100 Etsy sales.
  3. Develop a time management plan.
    • I have never been particularly good at managing my time. I stay up too late and, consequently, get up too late. (Or get up early because I have to and spend the day exhausted.) I know this directly affects how much I am able to accomplish. I have a lot of personal and professional things I want to accomplish this year, and I already know I can’t do that if I continue to sally forth without a plan. So this year, I’m going to make a plan and follow it.
  4. Finish outstanding 2007 projects before committing myself to new 2008 projects.
    • KT’s bag.
    • Sheetal’s bag.
    • Grandpa’s quilt.
    • Double wedding ring quilt.
    • That school stuff I don’t like to think about.