And now the big kahuna — what am I planning for 2016? As per my usual, I’ve set 5 goals for my sewing and blogging and 5 “other” goals for other aspects of life. I think my other goals in particular reflect that my blog commitments got a little out of hand in 2015 and other parts of my life started to suffer for it. Most notably — I don’t sleep as much as I should and I exist in almost a constant fog of exhaustion. And I don’t even have a newborn to blame anymore — there’s no one but myself. Since I don’t make any money on this blogging “business,” I have to find a little more balance. I love the community aspect of this sewing blogging world, but my sleep, health, and real-world relationships can’t suffer as a result.
1. Sew an underwired bra.
I’ve done the soft Watson bra, and now it’s time to tackle underwire. I desperately need new bras, so I really need to tackle this one earlier rather than later in the year.
2. Sew at least one piece of true outerwear.
I’ve mastered jeans, button downs, and even tackled some lingerie. Next is my sewing vice — outerwear. It doesn’t seem as daunting now that I’ve done so many jeans, just have to keep at it.
3. Work through my WIPs.
I have a shameful number of WIPs sitting around in my sewing room. My goal is to finish 1 WIP in between new projects. I know it’s not realistic to say that I have to finish them all before I can start something new, but hopefully I can work through them over the course of the year.
4. Sew 75% of my garments from fabric in my stash as of Dec. 31, 2015.
Again, it would be great to say 100% from stash fabric, but I gotta be real with myself. I have plenty of fabric in my stash, but I do love new fabric and would probably just be setting myself up to fail.
5. Focus on quality over quantity.
This is for everything blog-related. I want to take the time to really learn my camera and how to edit photos to take really great photos. Maybe even venture out of my backyard into more formal photo shoots. As the kids get older, this gets less daunting.
I also want to make this a focus of my blogging in general. I’d like my posts to be fewer, but have more useful information in them. So, more tutorials and pattern hacks (and maybe a pattern or two), and fewer straight outfit posts. Since those types of posts take a lot longer to put together, there will be fewer of them overall.
1. Sleep more.
This absolutely needs to be my number one this year. I don’t sleep enough. There are too many things to do and not enough hours in the day and as a result, I’m running on fumes. It doesn’t help that I’m naturally a night person — I get my second wind around 9pm, and I can easily stay up until 1am working on something. But my kids are morning people and they’re up at 6am regardless of when I go to bed.
2. Take care of my body.
This goes for exercise and diet. I’ve gotten lazy about both over the last few months, and I’m starting to feel it. As in I feel bloated and heavy most of the time, and I can tell that my legs need to move. I’m not going to set myself definite must-exercise-X-days-per-week goals, but I want to make it more of a priority going into 2016. Even 10 minutes a day makes a difference.
3. Read a book.
I used to be a voracious reader, but kids and my crafty hobbies have put an end to that. I also have a hard time reading just for the sake of reading anymore since I spend about 90% of my workday reading. I have to find a book or series that I really love. But I would like to make sure I read something that’s not work-related in 2016. I read the Divergent series in 2015, so at least I wasn’t a complete slug!
4. Take an occasional day off for myself.
I always struggle with this because there is always so much to do! But I have wonderful, understanding coworkers who totally get that sometimes a person needs a day away from the office when the kids aren’t home. There are three weekdays when all the kids are at school, and I’d like to occasionally take one of those days to stay home and do whatever the hell I want. That usually means cleaning the house, but maybe I can fit some daytime sewing in there too 🙂
5. Make weekends screen-free times.
Like most people, I fall prey to my phone so much of the time. I try not to when I’m home with my kids on the weekends, but it can be so hard when you’re tired. Kids take a lot of energy and focus, and it’s easy to just retreat into Facebook or Instagram for a reprieve. My goal for 2016 is to put the phone generally out of sight on the weekends and leave it there until Monday.
Do you make yearly goals? What are your goals for 2016?