Now that I've come up with a Word for the Year, next was to start compiling a list of what to commit to:
- Commit to holding "studio" hours. This will be a big step for me but I feel like I need it, both for my business and my family.
- Commit to keep my Etsy shop up to date. Right now my goal will be to list one or two new pieces a week. I've already started working on this.
- Commit to following through with projects that I sketch or imagine. I have a sketch book with lots of ideas and 9 times out of 10, I never even attempt what I draw. Crazy, pure laziness I guess.
- Commit to really trying to zero in on trying to perfect my wireworking technique, and break into weaving.
- Commit to do more chain maille, and learning more weaves.
- Commit to taking metalsmith classes, and really following through with what I learn. Already scheduled a session with a local artist, and I'm totally stoked that I'll be doing the session with another jewelry/beady friend.
- Commit to submitting at least three projects for publication.
- Commit to talking to at least two more galleries/boutiques to carry my work.
- Commit to learning to use my camera. I'm stuck on auto, but I know that I can achieve much better pictures.
- Commit not to sit on the computer for hours on end. I've gotten really bad about this lately. The internet sucks me in and I have a hard time tearing myself away. Not very much creative time there.
- Commit to sticking with what I have and not to go hog wild with any new technique. Not to say that I don't want to learn anything new, however I have to draw the line somewhere. I feel like I dabble in to much and need to really hone the techniques that I love...working with wire and metal.
- Commit to finding a better way of keeping track of my inventory and bookkeeping. I know how to do the bookkeeping part but the inventory I could use a little direction.
I'd love to hear your Word for the Year.