Own Your Dreams
New Year's isn't the only time for goals and dreams, right? I loved this recent post by Seth Godin. He asserts that making your goals and dreams public makes them more likely to happen. It also makes it more likely for you to be disappointed, but isn't the risk worth it?! I think so.
With that in mind, let me follow up on the short list of personal goals I listed on the blog in January:
1) Make the transition to two children as gracefully as possible.
2) Spend more time with friends and be better about staying in touch.
3) Finish getting our home settled.
4) Take a family road trip to Southern California.
How did I do, you ask? Well, I spent most of my energy trying to accomplish the first goal. Poor Lars had a miserable newborn stage due to his colic, acid reflux, and food intolerances, which means that I had a miserable time of it, too. But now at 6 months, he's feeling better, and I'm starting to feel like I'm not in complete survival mode anymore. Lars has actually become a little bundle of giggles and dimples, and the whole family gets such a kick out of him! I'm starting to get to the other goals, too... Just this weekend, I got some birthday packages ready to go and re-arranged our living room a bit. So yeah, it took me 11 months, but better late than never! We're even going to visit our family in SoCal at Christmas. Yay!
So, since I'm feeling a bit ambitious, I'd like to add some Sycamore Street Press goals, too:
1) Be more involved in the creative community. (Online and Off. )
I love my babies like crazy, but they do tend to make me into more of a hermit. As does living in our small mountain valley. In the next year, I am determined to get more involved in the creative community. I want to start attending Creative Collaborative and other local events again, have that lunch with Brittany and Meta that we've been talking about for months (and schedule more such lunches/get togethers), and travel to more conferences and shows. (The Alt Summit and the National Stationery Show are already on my list. Possibly Craftcation for the business classes. Any other suggestions?)
2) Get a new studio space.
We used to have a studio space that we loved. But when I was pregnant with Ingrid, we moved our studio into the garage for convenience while taking care of a small business and small person at the same time. I am so glad we made that decision! It's been so nice to be able to just walk through a door. But Sycamore Street Press has been stuffed into this two car garage like a sausage for the past three years, and we can't wait to get some breathing room again! In order to really grow, we need more room for storage, production, and staff.
3) Consolidate my work time into 3 long days.
Along with working from home comes a lot of back and forth and multitasking. I love the flexibility of it when I have a baby at home, but I don't like how it always feels like work is right there. I never really get away from it. Once we move into a new studio, I look forward to working for longer, uninterrupted stretches of time. I still want to be able to spend a lot of time with my little ones, though, and think I can still make that happen. I've decided to try working 3 long days (7:30 - 5:30) a week, instead of the 4 scattered days I currently work. (And I still expect to work most nights after the kids are in bed.)
4) Grow the Sycamore Team.
In order to have time for all the projects we'd like to tackle and keep up with growing demand, we are going to have to hire more people. We have a great team already, and I'm excited to see who we will be able to add next.
5) Continue to challenge myself creatively.
Experimenting with mark making, trying out new types of products, thinking up new subject matter, figuring out new ways to package items... I'm going for it all. I want my drawings and the Sycamore Street Press products they live on to be a continual source of inspiration for living the hand drawn life.
So, there you go. My hopes and dreams for the next year or so all laid out for you to see. How about you? Have you made your goals and dreams public? Feel free to leave a link to a blog post in the comments below, or simply state your goals in your comment itself. I'd love to hear!