Looking Forward at 2015

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I love the structure I get from posting my goals here on the blog. Often times typing it here on the blog eggs me on to doing something I don’t know I would have done if I’d kept the idea hidden away. Looking at the big picture every year is also a great way to keep make sure what I’m doing in my life has intention. I value my time here on Earth, and want to make sure I’m using it well.

2015 Long Term Goals

My Word for 2015


I’ve come to really enjoy choosing a word of the year as something to help frame my goals, hopes and dreams. Although some years it has taken some active thinking to figure out which word was going to fit the bill, this year’s word came to me quite easily in very early December. Thanksgiving break had just ended and I was starting to panic about all the work I would have to accomplish on my book in the next month to stay on track. When I asked myself what I thought my word for next year was going to be, “Savor” came to me immediately. I realized that I was going to have to eliminate lots of activities I usually do over the holidays, but that I should look at the things I would be able to do, both holiday-wise and book-wise, as a privilege, and savor those moments

Of course, the book was cancelled not 2 days after “Savor” came to me, but I realized that this word should really be my guiding influence this year. This is the only time my Liam will be a Senior in High School, with all those audition trips etc…, we’ve got a crazy 10 weeks coming up, but this is the only time this is going to happen, so I need to make sure to be present for them (although in most cases, I’ll be home with Logan while Andrew is off travelling with Liam.)

Beyond savoring my son’s senior year, I also want to remind myself to be in the moment of whatever I’m creating. As long time readers know, I often have a lot of projects piled up in my to-do list; this often means that I’m rushing through one project to get to another. This year, I’m going to try to make with a bit more intention, really enjoying each thing that I do.


Long Term Artistic Goals

  1. Continue to work more in 3 dimensions.
  2. Explore the shape/idea of house/home.
  3. Continue to work with restricted color palettes.
  4. Work on creating pieces that focus on a particular botanical type.
  5. Work with new fabric textures.
  6. Make things just for FUN!

These goals are the same as last year – I see no reason to change them! They define who I am as a maker, and have served me well!

Long Term Business Goals

  1. Launch Dyeing 104: Multicolor Silk
  2. Spiff up the patio and actually promote patio classes
  3. Continue teaching at the Redlands Sewing Center, develop classes that could be taught other places
  4. Re-design website, move shop to subdomain, update galleries

Long Term Online Goals

  1. Try to remember a “One Moment” post each week
  2. Pinterest: will this be the year I use it?
  3. Aim for 3 blog posts a week
  4. Continue interacting with folks on FB and Instagram
  5. Keep up with the emails to folks in my online classes

Pie in the Sky Goals

  1. Figure out what do to with book submission and DO IT!

Okay, I’ve roughed out a big picture game plan…now to the brass tacks! What’s gonna happen this month??

December Goals

2 custom sateen clutches December 15 100%
Work on Book  🙁
Set of Stockings and Row Houses December 5 100%
Decorate house for Tour December 6 100%
Holiday Studio Tour December 6 100%
Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day December 8 100%
New Sink???? December 31 20%
calendar email to students December 31 100%
Custom Tablet cover for Valerie ?? 50%

Well, except for the book cancellation, everything that I needed to get done got done! Including ordering my new sink, so exciting!!! My goal was to get it paid for before the end of the year, which I did. The shop has been on vacation since the 23rd, I got this first draft rendering along with measurements right before they left:

dyeing sink draft 1 crop

So exciting!!!! We’ve asked for some changes, mainly moving the sink to the other end and some structural changes to make the plumbing work. I have high hopes that this will get made quickly once they’re back to work, but I have no idea how long these things take, so I’ll just have to have patience!

OK, so now…January! What do I want to get done this month that gets me off to a great start?

January Goals

Mod House Pillow Articles January 9 100%
1 custom sateen clutch January 10 0%
New Sink???? ??? 20%
calendar email to students January 31 0%
Mod House Quilt January 31 5%

When working on the stepouts for my mod house pillow article, I had an idea for a whole quilt of these houses…and I do believe that I’m going to take my time and work on that for awhile! Yep, that’s a good way to start the year listening to my intent to “savor” the process!




One Response

  1. Candy… Your opening paraghaph on ‘Savor’ is very well written and so very well said ! Your writing often often shows maturity far beyond your years… Try to hold true to it dear and don’t get “lost” in all the things and lists that can eat up your time, time, time…. I don’t know how you handle it all ??? Do you ever have time to sleep ? ( : >)