This is the time of year where I start setting goals for the new year. Right now, I’m evaluating where I’m at in my life and working on figuring out how I can spend more time on the things I love and less time on the things I don’t. I know that sounds extremely vague, but let me explain.
I love to blog.
I love to craft.
I want to figure out ways to do both more.
I turn 30 in October 2014 and when that day comes, I want things to be different. I’ve been in a funk lately because I don’t think I am doing everything I should at this point in my life. And I’m not talking about the obvious of wanting to be a mother to an additional child. I’m talking about taking my hobbies to the next level.
In 2014, you’ll see some new things from me. One is for sure, one is hopeful, the last is a maybe.
This Blog. I want it to go further. I love writing about infertility, motherhood, life in general. Next year, I plan on giving this blog a revamp. Customized design, official domain name, the works. The name is staying the same[Life Abundant], but it will be official and not with a “.wordpress” in between the name and the [dot] com. It’ll be the real deal, folks. Get ready. I am excited. I also plan to write more consistently, which you’ve probably noticed I’ve been doing lately anyway. I’ve been trying to blog more in general and just keep up with it. I haven’t decided yet if I will do an exact frequency next year or continue to just write whenever I want. My nights might get too busy if I don’t schedule my writing specifically so I don’t know, I need to figure that out.
Other Blogs. You’ll hopefully see me contributing more on other blogs outside of my own. I’m ecstatic that I’ve been asked to write twice a month for Liberating Working Moms and hope to get the opportunity to do the same for other sites next year. Thursday nights have unofficially become my LWM nights! Glenn goes to men’s group at church while I curl up with a k-cup and my laptop after Zoey goes to bed.
Etsy. I have always wanted to open my very own Etsy shop in order to sell the little crafts that I love to make. I might just take the plunge in 2014. I make fabric rosette clips (you might catch me wearing them nearly every day) and am leaning towards making retro fabric button earrings (which I also wear nearly every day). Neither of these are big money makers or anything, but I think it will be fun to spread a little cheer to others through these things and make a little extra change in the process, which will help support the monthly fees for the domain name. I have found some other crafts I might attempt to make+sell as well. I will definitely keep you posted on where that goes!
Let me be really honest and just tell you all that the real reason I never took the plunge on any of these things is my lack of confidence. I don’t know if my crafts are good enough to sell. I don’t know if people will like them. I also don’t know if what I write is something people really want to read. That held me back for months from submitting to LWM for the first time and I could not believe that it got picked up so quickly. In fact, my confidence was so low, I didn’t even check that email account for a month before I realized they were trying to reach me to run the story (sorry, Tracy!!!!). I literally submitted it holding my breath, then ran away.
I have got to stop doing this to myself.
Anyway, that about sums it up for now. I need things to change next year. I think it’s important that we all spend more time doing the things we love and it is my goal to be intentional about doing those things this coming year.
Oh, I’d like to get pregnant, too, please.
What are your plans for 2014?