Saturday, April 23, 2011


I originally was going to call this post 'Re-Evaluations', until I realized, after typing out how that looks about four times, that I don't really care for the way it either sounds, nor looks, and I would rather just evaluate. No reason to re-do it, since each time I seem to evaluate it seems to be about something new anyway. Note: you may have to excuse any floral language in this post, since I've just finished watching An Education, and since it takes place in England in the 1960s, included a lot of lovely british folk talking in pretty accents.

I wanted to set some goals for myself. I do this fairly often, but I haven't made a habit of publicly announcing them in a long time, since I really hate facing up to my own disappointment. However, this year, I picked goals that I really, truly, want to achieve. Maybe they are impossible, I'm not sure. If they are, I'm going to be disappointed anyway, since they're things I mean to set out to do. I guess my thought by placing them here on the blog is that someone else will see them, and perhaps even ask about their progress, and maybe I'll feel pressured to complete them instead of stagnating in front of this computer screen, pinning things to a board of non-completed wish projects. Plus, I'd really like to document them here and it might be fun if a few of you decided to do them with me! (Challenge!)

Purge or Preserve
Goal Date Finished: July 1, 2011
This is probably a fairly easy, one-afternoon goal. I need to go up to my parent's attic (which, while finished, is very cold and uncomfortable right now in April) and pull out all the boxes and containers with my name on them, and go through all of them. And I need to decide what things I would like to keep and which things I would like to purge from my life by sending them away to a garage sale or Goodwill or down to the garbage. This will include all childhood tinker things, old knitting projects that have been banished, papers, drawings, paintings, and such. The main reason I want to do this is because moving is very obnoxious and I really hated having my mom showing up at my house with a box full of unknown junk. I would, perhaps unrealistically, like never to have boxes of unknown junk.

Sketch, Sew, Style
Goal Date Finished: December 2011
I want to completely design three outfits, start to finish, from sketch to final product. Of course, shoes and such are pretty out of my range of abilities, but I think I could maybe manage to design everything else -- skirt, dress, shorts, top, sweater, whatever -- and maybe even make the jewelry to go with it (a good excuse to do some of the DIY's I've been setting aside on pinterest, eh?) I want to post the stages here on the blog. I feel like three outfits is about twelve pieces total, which seems like a lot but when one of the pieces is a simple a-line skirt or a shift dress, it can't be that hard, can it? And I did go to patternmaking classes, after all.

Art Show
Goal Date Finished: February 2012
This is the longest-termed of all my goals and perhaps the most difficult. I want to have an art show. I have been a painter for as long as I can remember, and I swear, I am not a bad one. In fact, I think I have potential to be a very, very good one. I am going back to school for art this fall and the community college's painting professor who is starting me out (eventually I'll be transferring but I have to get back into the swing of things), has told me that he'll let me direct my own curriculum. So my goal is to put together a complete and interesting body of work that can be shown at a gallery. This is huge and daunting for me and I would love your support! I will show paintings as they are finished, and try and document this process as much as possible!

Those are my big 'goals'. What are some of your big goals? Do you keep a 'bucket list'? And how do you know what you want to do?

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