It is that time of year – time to reflect on the goals I made for myself for 2015 and how they worked out. 2015 was the year of “Nourish.” Google defines nourish one way as, “provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.” While I intended this word for my crafting, it is funny how important this word became in August when I decided to pursue a new hobby of becoming a Pampered Chef consultant. Talk about a direct application of nourishment! I kind of spontaneously decided I wanted to become a consultant after attending a friend’s party – and then I got hooked. Cooking and hosting shows became a big part of my free time this fall, which limited my other crafting time, but was a lot of fun. And like I said at the beginning of the year, it was not a big year of excitement – just nourishment.
2015 Goals (Recap):
- Keep track of my fiber, fabric, and yarn stashes.
This goal is easy now that I have been doing it for four years. Keeping track is easy now – using more than I buy…well, that’s the difficult part. I will be posting my stash report update in the next couple of days. Until them, I am scurrying around finishing projects! Glad this goal has become automatic at least in the tracking part of it.
- Reduce the time spent on the computer each evening and over the weekend.
My goal for this started out with the StayFocusd add-on for Google Chrome. That worked like a charm this year. Little did I realize how big of a deal this goal would become when I decided to switch from my smartphone back to a flip phone in March. I was just finally fed up with paying more attention my phone and scrolling through things rather than actually paying attention what is happening around me and having more time for crafting. What a game changer! I did buy a Kindle Fire to help with the transition (wi-fi only). But this year, there were whole weeks where I would not be engaged online. There was still plenty of time spent online, but I am really happy with my decision to switch back to a simple phone. I sort of miss the Glide app for videos, Instagram, posting more on Twitter, and having more access to photos easily. But overall, it is a big win. I imagine some day I will return to the smartphone world, but not for now!
- Commit to watching my online crafting classes (Creativebug, Craftsy, OnlineCardClasses).
I knocked this goal out of the park – I made myself a spreadsheet and committed to watching my purchased videos in the first part of the year. I learned a lot about art journaling and weaving in particular. I am glad I watched my videos and I have not really had the urge to buy more at this time, but I am sure I will return to them in the future.
- Weave six projects from the yarn stash.
Now here is a goal that did not make as much progress as I had hoped. I did make 4 projects in the early part of the year on my Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom. Then I got the great idea to buy a bigger floor loom (Craigslist deal). And the transition was rough to say the least. I still have not completed the first project on that new loom. And I let my mother-in-law borrow the Cricket (which she has used happily for projects). So weaving made very little progress this year. You can imagine this is going to be a big goal for 2016!
- Shift my scrapbooking to focus on themes and non-chronological memories.
At the beginning of the year, I asked, “what if this year I focus on a non-chronological scrapbook? Just documenting what I want – when I want to.” This has been a good goal for me and I have followed it loosely. However, I would say the biggest struggle would still be actually documenting. To be able to follow the non-chronological method, I still need to keep up with it more regularly than I have this year. And when I do not print photos consistently, that also has limited me. I still love this idea and will continue to do it with some realigning in 2016.
- Start a real garden out in the yard this year.
Another year in our house and this goal still did not happen. Just a few containers. It is probably good it did not work out since I ended up traveling more weeks this past summer than I ever have, but I still could have planted something. Not working on this goal makes me think, “Do I really want to garden or do I just think I should garden?” More on that in 2016.
- Can vegetables for the first time.
I did complete this 2015 goal! I canned dilly beans and salsa for my vegetables this year. I also made cranberry conserves and blueberry pie filling, which was fun. Vegetables really are not that hard, as I predicted, it just seems to take an entire afternoon.
- Create the wall of shawls.
Here is another goal I completed for 2015! I posted about it here in May. I love my wall of shawls. I have two walls now actually. Has this made me wear my shawls more often, like I intended to with this project? Not really. But that is mostly because I have realized I need more solid colored tops if I want to wear my shawls more often. I need to work on that. At this point, I probably do a have a shawl at least in every color!
Well that wraps up the recap of my 2015 goals, the year of nourish. I am clearly an Upholder with all of these goal accomplishments. If you have not read or listened to Gretchen Rubin’s books, I highly recommend them. So happy to have a successful year ending and I am busy reflecting on how to make 2016 even better (and yes, finishing up crafting projects this week!). I hope your 2015 was a wonderful year as well!