It’s new year’s eve and I want to wish everyone a wonderful, happy beginning to a new year. I’d give all my readers a kiss on the check as the ball drops, if only I could.
As the end of the year draws closer and closer, hour by hour, I think about what I have accomplished in 2008. I enjoyed following as HulaSeventy crossed off things from her list for her birthday year. I think year-to-year lists might be more productive than life lists, because there is a deadline. It’s a bit harder to get things done on Life lists when the goal is to just complete each item “someday“.
In the meantime, it’s maybe time to go back to the beginning of this year and reflect at how this year has gone so far.
I don’t want to be such a negative nancy, but my goals for the year did not go as well as I had hoped. Maybe it’s just that I am only remembering the goals I did not accomplish, but I honestly can not remember any others. I actually just looked back in the archives from January and it appears I never posted them there.
I know I had dedicated to creating a page a day in my page a day book and less than halfway through the year that fell apart. I blame the move partially. I have a studio now, but almost find that I have less time to spend working on things anymore. Darn that cable television, you are a curse!
I also took a leap and proclaimed a goal of having 100 items sold in my etsy shop by the end of the year. The beginning of the year started out with a bang. I was having a semi regular stream of sales. I was getting decent coverage by other websites. By the half way point of the year I had about 50 sales. Granted I started the year with around 15 sales. But here it is the last day of the year and I am at 58 sales. That is quite a slump. A month or two ago I took a leap and volunteered for my first official shop critique with etsy admin. It went pretty well. Admin, as well as the other etsyers, had wonderful things to say, noting I was quite the crafty diva. All criticism was strictly constructive, noting how links in my profile could be better displayed, mentioning the use of ikea brand frames in my yoyo pieces might take away from the description, and watermarks on my images prevents my products from making it to etsy front page.
I may have not succeeded in my 2008 goals, but this year was a productive one! As Rosa recently posted, having a blog is kind of like keeping a record, leaving a legacy, and if it weren’t for my posts I probably would have forgotten everything that happened. In fact, the other day I was looking at older posts and saw one where I said I went to see Stomp. I do not remember seeing Stomp. I remember wanting to see Stomp, but if it weren’t for reading that I might still want to see Stomp, lol. That is sad, but true. So there you go, even writing it down doesn’t guarantee that you will remember it.
Anyway, it has been an amazing year and I am happy, I couldn’t ask for more.
I went to Minnesota for the first time. I guess I didn’t blog about it, but we went for Matt’s Oma’s birthday.
I joined the create a day group and have met some wonderful peeps. Blogger killed us, so we moved to wordpress and now we’re everyday create, we’re still getting adjusted to the site and often email rather than blog nowadays.
Went to the Indiana Dunes again, ahhh, sigh. I don’t think of myself as someone who fantasizes about beaches, but I could really go for some warm sand between my toes right about now.
Got a little bitty kitten named Bishop.
Went on our annual voyage to the Cheese Chalet.
I took down my show, and I’m very excited about posting and listing lots of those pieces from the show, as well as finally saying a last adieu to my artomat series as I send it out.
Goodbye 2008, you were a good year!