I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the list of goals I set for myself at the start of the year to see how I’m doing. If I know I put it out there and hold myself accountable that I’m more likely to actually get out there and do them than if I never look at them again! Plus I hope it might help you to keep going for your goals – or at least give you a bit of a laugh at my haphazard attempts to learn some new stuff!
So here goes. A month on from New Year’s Day and how are my 2015 Goals looking?
- Learn how to weave.
This one’s not going too badly to be fair. I threw myself into weaving in the first week of January and I’ve got to say I’m really enjoying it. I’ve not tried every single weaving technique yet as it’s very early days, but I’ve made a few wall hangings (which I think look OK!) and I’m looking to add some new things to my weaving arsenal in the coming month. Watch this space!
- Make something mega using Hoooked Zpagetti super chunky T-Shirt yarn.
I haven’t done this yet but I got some T-Shirt yarn and a mega hook when I subscribed to Mollie Makes, so I’ve made the first step, as it were.
- Learn calligraphy.
Absolutely no progress on this whatsoever.
- Teach myself/learn how to use my camera in manual mode.
I was lucky enough to be named as one of the six finalists for Photocraft’s Winter Scholarship to their five-week online photography and styling course. I never expected to win (and I didn’t!) so I’m going to investigate other avenues to learn how to make the switch from auto to manual, as sadly at the moment I can’t afford to pay for the course. Sobs. But I have a few ideas and hopefully there will be more movement on this next month!
- Get one of my crochet patterns featured in a magazine.
No progress yet. I’ve only written one pattern in January (to make these cabled crochet plant pot covers)! Oops, must try harder.
- Attend a big blogging event.
I haven’t attended an event (I was going to go to a small Blogcademy meet up in the middle of the month but couldn’t afford the petrol from Yorkshire to London – January is a loooong month in between paydays!) BUT as soon as I got paid I bought a ticket for Blogtacular! So halfway there on this one, sort of.
- Do regular exercise (as in more than once a week as opposed to none at all!).
This is something I put on the list because I felt like I had to rather than really thinking I would do it, so no-one will be more surprised than me that I’ve actually started running three times a week! I’ve tried running before (and failed dramatically due to my total lack of fitness) so this time I downloaded a Couch to 5k app which talks me through exactly what to do in a sort of interval training programme. It’s so easy and I’m actually enjoying it! So far so good with this one.
- Completely redecorate/chuck all of the rubbish out of our smallest bedroom (this is basically a junk room which could be so much more).
This is going really well! After we bought some new sofas before Christmas (which came with a chair that would be perfect for a craft room) Wayne suggested we get on with sorting this room out so it could actually become my craft room. All the junk has gone to either the charity shop or the tip, we have stripped all of the wallpaper and got rid of the manky carpet, had it replastered and are now gearing up to paint it. Phew! When it’s all fitted out I will do a small tour of the room on here – I can’t wait!
- Conquer my fear of the sewing machine.
I still have the fear.
- Organise regular crafternoons in Yorkshire with the lovely group of ladies I met at the Yorkshire Crafty Meetup.
We have pencilled in a date for the end of February. Activity still TBC but all good!
- Formulate a plan to turn my hobbies into a business.
I’ve been working a lot on this too this month! If you would like to find out more about my business idea (and get a free Crochet for Beginners e-course) then head here. I’m still doing a lot of planning and research and I’m currently reading and ace business book to help me along.
I’m really excited and while I’ve still got a lot of work to do I can’t wait to share it with you as soon as I can!
- Cover the Rugby World Cup (this has been an ambition of mine for years, and I’m a bit cheeky adding it to this list as I know already that I’m going to be covering some games through work!).
This is WAY later in the year so I’m not worrying about this one at the moment!
So there you go, that’s where I’m at with my goals for 2015. Looking back at my list I don’t think I’ve done too badly for the first month and I’m glad I’ve written it all down as it’s given me a boost. How are you getting on with the things you want to do for this year? Have you ticked anything off your list yet or learned anything new?
Next month I’m expecting not to achieve quite as much as Wayne and I are heading off to (hopefully) sunny Tenerife in a few days for a week of rest and relaxation. I guess I could always pack a sewing machine in my suitcase… ha!
How are you getting on with your goals for 2015? I would love to hear!
Lots of goal-setting love,