For 2010, I don't really have resolutions, just a list of things that I would like to do so here goes.This is the problem with setting so many goals in the middle of a major life transition, so many things change. While I didn't achieve many of these things, I don't consider this year a failure at all. 2010 was a great year for me, I laughed, I danced, and I lived more than I have in a long, long time. I saw over 100 live bands, made some truly amazing friends and learned a lot about who I am and what I want. Maybe I won't be going back to school, but I have refound my love for the business built from a silly dream. I am really happy with where I have fallen and for the first time in quite awhile I feel like I have direction and motivation for following a path I never considered a real possibility before. I think 2011 will serve as a continuation of this journey and who knows, maybe next year I will look at this post and have an entirely different outlook. That's okay, life is change and I am ready for it.
- Start accordion lessons. I had one accordion lesson and kept up with the practice for about 6 weeks. Now I just look at the thing thinking about how I really need to start practicing again.
- Take the LSAT. I don't want to be a lawyer. I think the appeal of a research-heavy discipline blinded me to the fact that Robyn as a lawyer would be a bad, bad thing.
- Get my etsy shop up and running again. Well it's up, but not really running- there's only one item listed. It's just so easy to put my stuff in my physical shop, etsy seems like such a pain. Maybe I can get this together in the next month or so.
- Completely revamp all of ReBelle's digital communications Yes, I did this. In 2010 we introduced our new newsletter with pictures and hyperlinks and everything. I also reworked how we do our class calendars which has been very well received.
- Remodel the backroom of the shop and put additional shelving in the front. Yes!! Best part- Sarah and I did this all on our own.
- Join a book group (I am thinking the monthly NPR group @LPL) I read the first two books for the NPR book group, but missed the actual group meetings because of schedule conflicts. After that I just gave up.
- Take a vacation, preferably two weeks in the Pacific Northwest focusing on hanging out with friends in Portland, visiting Crater Lake, and camping in the redwoods. Vacation fail this year. 2010 was a really weird year in regards to scheduling and the shop so I didn't get a proper vacation. This year we will close the shop for a week in the summer.
- Take a short NYC/DC trip. Nope.
- Continue playing in the MMMB. I stayed in the band through the summer and now I perform with them off and on. I really loved MMMB and it provided a form of therapy when I really needed it, but now the practices don't fit into my schedule and I have other projects that I am putting my energy into. I guess the great thing about the band is that it is always there when I feel the want or need to bang on something for awhile. I will remain an active supporter and an occasional tambourinist (or cameraman or killer shark) whenever I can.
- Build two pieces of mid century-inspired furniture of my own design. I didn't build any furniture, but I do have several sketches of what I want to build done.
- Format and publish existing patterns on Ravelry. Nope.
- Write 5 new patterns for publication. I think I wrote four patterns in 2010 so we'll call this a success.
- Start shooting again I go back and forth with this one. I have been shooting more than in years past, but still not as much as I'd like.
Time for my 2011 goals...
1. Organize a free public showing of Handmade Nation followed by a panel discussion.
2. Organize mend.- Quarterly events focused on fixing things that are broken instead of throwing them out.
3. Volunteer more (also more cross promotion of local organizations.)
4. Obligatory goals- read 50 books, see 50 bands, watch 50 of the 1001 movies
5. Do one thing every day to make my world a better place.
6. Let people know when they do something I find wonderful and/or inspiring.