New Year : New Goals

Happy 2013
I really think that my 2012 goal list kept me focused and on track, so I'm going to give it another go in 2013. I'm admittedly entering into this new year with some fear, but also a healthy dose of optimism.  The holiday season saw some declines in my sweet mom's health, which gives me pause for what 2013 might hold for our family, but I can't ignore the fact that I think the year may also hold some fun stuff. And that, my friends, is where my goal-setting eye is focused.

I have nine goals, and they're all over the place. Read on for all the details about such topics as my grooming habits, blogging jealousy, human-rights-meets-patriotism, and my bank account.

1. Keep it up.
With a full-time job, I have to admit that churning out 3 to 5 posts (plus my contributions to Luri & Wilma) each week isn't the easiest thing in the world, so my number one goal in this year is to just keep it up.

2.  Continue to take better photos.  And maybe even figure out how to style 'em.
I came a long way in 2012 with my photos, but I want to get even better not only at the quality of the photos themselves but the stuff I'm actually photographing.

3. Monetize this craftiness. (Or at least break even.)
Yeah, so....craft supplies cost dollarz.  This goal could mean a lot of things, really.  Maybe it's sponsors.  Maybe its paid contributor positions.  Maybe it's rampin' up the 'ole Etsy business  (a fun, new selection of card cases in the shop, b-t-dubs).  Whatever this means, I can't keep throwing as much time and money into this endeavor, because like...to what end?  Seriously, though, Michael may divorce me.

4.  Use social media more consistently.
You don't care about this one.  Or maybe you do because maybe you found me through social media.  Some days I feel like cross-posting on Facebook, others I don't.  It's whatever strikes my fancy, but I think I need to be more regimented about it.  You know, for the kids.

5. Save some moolah.
As we speak, our nation is plunging off the fiscal cliff towards unsustainable austerity.  Can you feel it?  Similarly, the Pellegrins will be making a decidedly less draconian effort to be a bit more austere in 2013.  Maybe I should bring my lunch to work?  Or be slightly less of a fad whore?  Perhaps a little more catharsis and a little less consuming?

6.  Get a conscience.
I like to think I have a social conscience about certain things.  I mean, I'm not a liberal that went into health policy for the money, you know? But I feel like there are other very real things to which I just turn a blind eye.  Enter: Fast Fashion.  I think this is particularly bothersome to me because I'm such a fad whore (see #5), and I like a bargain.  Honestly, the quarterly trips that I've been making to Goodwill to make room in my closet  have only struck me as troubling because they represented waste of my hard-earned money, but they may very well represent my contributions to something far worse for both our country and world.  And I do not think for a second that that sentence is hyperbolic.  So, yes, this is something on which I plan to do my research and take some real steps to do my own little part.

7. Adopt a nighttime beauty regimen.
What?! I can have a conscience and still be vain.  Seriously, ask my college roommate Sarah about my disdain of any preparations before falling into bed for the night.  I slept fully-clothed every.single.night of college. When I'm tired, I'm tired.  I'll be 30 this year, and I expect people to continue asking me what local high school I attend for at least 2 more years (this did indeed happen to me in November).  This scenario is predicated on shiny white teeth and wrinkle-free skin.  So in this new year I will begin doing such high maintenance nightly rituals as flossing my teeth and washing my face.  Now stop judging.

8. Rein in the jealousy.
This is a real problem for me, people.  I don't know what it is, but I have an inferiority complex the size of a small nation -- a trait that did not serve me well when working in politics and is now proving personally problematic here in the crafty blogosphere.  So whenever I read about some incredible new endeavor some other blogger is embarking upon, I get so freakin' jealous.  And then I get self-reflective.  It's not healthy, and I need to rein it in.  Stat.

9. Be me.  But a tidge more confident.
Definitely related to #8.  I'm going to Alt Summit in a few weeks to learn how to get better at this whole bloggin' biz and to meet and hangout with some fun, new people.  I can see this going a couple of ways, and in one of these scenarios, I get uber intimidated, meet no one, and come home having wasted the whole experience and feeling pretty silly about myself.  This is not how I want this to go down.  I just need to go and be me.  But, you know, a tidge more confident.

What about you?  Any goals this year -- big or small?  I'd love to hear them!

Mandy P
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  1. I really like the idea of getting a conscience. I waste so much money on things I end up not using- I think it would be really helpful to focus on the global impact before I buy things. I always say I'll develop a beauty regimen, and then it never actually continues after about a week. I should work on that0- I too want to be wrinkle-free :)
    I am so awful with jealousy, and I think (like you) it ties in to a lack of confidence on my part.
    My major goal for the year is to use my time wisely and stop putting off the things I want to do. I'm extremely lazy and it's only hurting my life, not heling it.
    Good luck with your goals this year!

    1. That's a great goal! It's so easy to get side tracked and put off things we really want to do, and then before we know it, we've never done any of them. I need to get more organized with my time, too, so that I can get the craftiness done and spend more time with my husband. Thanks for sharing!

  2. i am always impressed with how much you post/do on the blog. it's a lot and everything is so well put-together and creative! (even though i've been a commenting slacker, sorry!)

    i've recently added eye cream to my nightly regimen. i mean, i'm almost 30, i guess it's time. i do think things like this become habit in a matter of weeks so stick with it!

    i haven't set any resolutions yet. i need to think about it...

    happy new year!!

    1. You're life is about to change big time, so I'm not sure you're required to make a resolution. :)

  3. Mandy, I'm always impressed with how much you do. I hope this year holds much joy. I like #6--something I need to focus on more too and #9. You are smart, savvy, and so creative. I think as women it's easy to feel like we're not enough or we need to always do more. But remember you are always enough. "You be you." Looking forward to all your projects in 2013 and still praying for your mom.

    1. Thanks, Bethany. As far as #6, it's so hard because there really are SO many things in this world that would make us feel guilty if we really started thinking about them. It's kind of hard to keep the atrocities straight and actually do your part in more than one or two.

  4. Really loving your 2012 goal recap and 2013 list. Number 8 really hits home for me. Sometimes I get so immersed in it I have trouble focusing on my own projects and successes and goals. I look forward to watching how your list unfolds, and I'm also sending lots of good vibes to the parts of 2013 that may be more challenging than others. xo

    1. Thanks, Heather! Ooh, jealousy. Such a tricky one, and it seems like I might not be the only one with it. I just hope there's something I can do to help tamp it down.

  5. Stupid jealously... it captures all of us i believe. I have been getting so jealous over stay at home mommas it aint even funny- even though when i am home all day i almost go insane. I am aiming to be more thankful this year.

    And I am praying for your mom ;-) She is such a sweet lady.

    1. Yeah, that's the funny thing about it! The grass is always greener. In some ways it's actually healthy because it keeps us striving for something better or different, but it can definitely reach a point where it's just paralyzing or affecting your mental well-being. That's when it has to end.


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