No Resolutions, Please

I gave up making New Year’s resolutions years ago.  I always started off with good intentions but I never kept them for very long.  So I decided, rather than set myself up for failure each year, I would just reflect on the previous year and maybe make a list of goals for the new year if I felt I needed a list.  That approach has seemed less daunting and much more constructive than the traditional resolution making.  And I’ve taken to posting my lists (and sometimes reflections) publicly so I am somewhat accountable for them.

I haven’t had too much time to reflect on anything this year.  I spent the last few days of last year and the first few days of this year sick.  I think the only thing being sick illustrated to me is that maybe I need to slow down a little.  Last year I kept a really ridiculous schedule for myself.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a good year.  I had fun, I learned a lot, I made sure to enjoy walks in the park and outings with the kids, but everything was scheduled down to the last second of every day.  I even scheduled when I could watch TV and play video games.  That idea was thanks to a class I took at the beginning of 2009 on time management.  Something is telling me now that I might have taken the concept too far.  I think at the end of the year, when I finally allowed myself to slow down and enjoy some free-time, I crashed and didn’t really get to enjoy anything.  So, I’ve begun the year by reading In Praise of Slowness. I’m hoping it will refresh my memory on how to pace myself.

And because I feel I need a list this year, my list of goals for 2010 are:

  1. Graduate from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with my degree in Interactive Media and Web Design.  This one shouldn’t be too hard.  If everything goes as planned, I am scheduled to graduate in September of the year.
  2. Finally update both of my blog designs and my twitter background.  I think it is really awful that as a future Web Designer, all my sites look so plain and yucky.  I need to change that!
  3. Improve my pattern making skills.  I can make simple patterns myself but I am ready to take it to the next level.
  4. Branch out and start sewing more grown-up clothing.  Why should the kids get all the cool clothing with the designer fabric?
  5. I’m going to look for a full-time job this fall.  This one scares me a bit.  I haven’t worked a real job in over 8 years.   Sure, I’ve worked at Target and Walmart over past holiday seasons, and I ran a little etsy shop or two, and recently I’ve been taking freelance work, but they don’t really bring in too much money.  And they don’t provide benefits, which we really need. Our plan has always been for me to go back to work once the kids were a few years into school and I guess that would be now.  I also have a few thousand dollars in school loans that need to be paid somehow.
  6. And lastly, I am going to take a photography class.  I have almost saved up enough to upgrade my digital camera, it is now time to take a class so I actually know what the heck I am doing with that new camera.

I think that is a good list of things to work toward this year.