At the beginning of every years, for most of the life of this blog, I’ve shared my goals for the new years relating to knitting and design work, and I’ve reviewed how I did with the previous year’s goals. At the beginning of this year, I decided to keep things simple and make my only two goals for 2019 to get my sinuses fixed and to go to my friend’s wedding. I got my sinus surgery about a month ago, and that’s healing up well, and I booked my hotel room for my friend’s wedding in October, so I’d say I’m more than halfway done with my goals for the year! Haha!
Here were my 2018 goals and how I did with them.
1. Get my blogging habit back. I did surprisingly well with this for a while! I had a good streak of posting once a week, but it faded off in September because I don’t really know what this space is for these days. When I actually sit down to write, I love it, but the days of having something pop into my head and thinking “I have to blog about that!” are gone. By the end of the year, I was considering officially shutting down the blog because I couldn’t figure out who I was writing for and why (rather than just writing in a private capacity), but it’s hard to let go of something I’ve been doing so long! I’m still undecided and wish I could come up with a clearer picture of what I’m doing with this space.
3. Hit all of my target garment subcategories. My goal was to release a classic cropped cardigan, a full-length sweater, a non-wool summer piece, and an Extra Options pattern. The Extra-Options pattern didn’t get finished in time, so I didn’t quite nail it, but the pattern is still in the works for 2019.
4. Complete one project that’s more than just a pattern. Nope. This didn’t get done. The project as planned involved a lot of photos, and for continuity and lighting, it required large blocks of time in the day when the weather was cooperative, which proved to be challenging when there were patterns to photograph as well and so much other stuff going on.
5. Take a full day off more often. Ahahahaha! I did this a lot because I was sick for 1/3 of the year. It wasn’t as fun and relaxing as I was aiming for.
I didn’t accomplish all of my goals, but I wrote them before I knew that my sinus problems were going to stick around until I got surgery, so I think I did pretty well, overall! Now that I’m feeling a bit better, I’m starting to look at what else I want to do in 2019, beyond my two original goals. I’ve got plans for a pattern collection, which I’m going to start working on after I finish my current WIP, but if it ends up getting pushed to 2020, I’m okay with that! I’d also like to build out the resources section of this site. There are a few big things I’d like to add, and there are things that currently exist spread across old blog posts, which aren’t very easily accessible for knitters who aren’t used to that format. That said, I now am just doing design work on the side, so whatever gets done gets done!