03 January, 2015
So I sat down and wrote out my goals for 2015. It was a long list. A list that seems really great on a piece of paper. Full of optimism and lofty dreams. But that only makes part of a good goal. A good goal must also be defined well and specific. So that cut out a few from the list. A goal must also be trackable, be measured for success. That was there in all of them so no more made the cut.
I could have whittled it down in the interest of making it seemingly more manageable. But I like to dream big. And I'm willing to put the work in to make things happen. The only thing that usually stops me from reaching my goals is the reality of time available and a desire to actually mother my children. But I'm sure going to try no matter what.
2015 Studio Goals
1. Start, and possibly complete, the next two quilts in my Alberta series.
2. Record at least 1 new online class or set of classes.
3. Launch 2 more print patterns.
4. Attend 1-2 quilting retreats as a guest and not a teacher.
5. Pick up 3 new freelance clients.
6. Celebrate the launch of You Inspire Me to Quilt, because I never did that for A Month of Sundays and I missed that.
7. Explore print and pattern making through regular sketching, play, and learning design programs.
8. Lose 20 pounds. Actually, closer to 25 if we count the holiday weight. I lost 20 pounds last year and want to continue on the road to health.
9. Find an agent/publisher for the children's books I wrote.
10, Spend at least 1-2 hours a week working on one, any one, of the outstanding Quilts Under Construction. Focused, steady progress should move some of those through the list, even when I'm starting new quilts all the time.
These goals are a mix of personal and professional development. I can't have one without the other. They are specific and measurable. And this time they are going up on the studio wall to keep me focused.
I do have a lot more I want to do this year, and those things will get done as well. Stay tuned for some fun new things on the blog, and the new design coming soon.
Thank you so much for joining me on this great creative adventure. I wouldn't be here without you.
Posted by Cheryl Arkison at 8:26 AM
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Admirable set of goals-you have lots of drive and creativity to back it up. Best to you and the family in 2k15, Cheryl. I look forward to seeing your new patterns.
I love your goals and had to laugh at number 4 because it's the opposite of mine - I want to attend retreats as a teacher, not as a guest, LOL!! So we can swap :-)
I'll be with you on the weight loss thing too. I'm trying to lose my baby weight and she's almost 12 :-)
I'm also interested in following the progress of your children's book. My daughter wants to be a writer so I think she'd appreciate that one, too!!
Best of luck with them!
I'm exhausted just reading about your goals. Best of luck to you and thanks for the snowy pic!
I love your goals...thank you for sharing them. I am also going to write and post my goals for 2015. Mine are lofty as well but I really, really want to achieve them.
I have always wanted to go on a quilting retreat. Any suggestions for a first-timer from Ontario?
Woohoo! go Cheryl go!
Come to Maine for a retreat! Chawne Kimber, Carolyn Friedlander and Rebecca Ringquist will be teaching at our Slow Stitching retreat in August... I would be beyond honored to have you come, and to get a chance to hang out.....!
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