The countdown!

I know that I rambled on a lot in that last post but I was really trying to organize my thoughts about whether I should or want to get more involved in the local crafting community. I would really like to hear from you about any street teams or organizations that you belong to and whether you have found them worthwhile and deserving of your time.

So the countdown is on for the start of my holiday break. I have to work Monday and Tuesday and a half day on Wed. which is our office party so it really doesn't count. Then I have off for 11 days in a row! The campus completely shuts down which I think is so amazing. It doesn't count against our vacation time and we get paid as usual. At the other college I worked at we got Christmas and New Year's Day and that was it. (I'm calling the scarf at the top Holiday Cherry Red and it's a snuggly soft wool blend)

So I've been thinking about what I want to get done on these days off. You can be sure that I will be doing lots of relaxing and sleeping in but I really want to get some productive time in there also. Here is my list of goals for the break and just to keep me honest I will report back here after the break on what I accomplished.
  1. Clean and organize my craft room. (Get a single bed in there for company and the kids to sleep over.)
  2. Go through the clothes in the basement and donate the ones that I can no longer wear.
  3. Have my car checked and any maintenance that is past due taken care of.
  4. Spend some time with my girl friends catching up. I've let myself isolate way too much this year and I need to reconnect with some people.
  5. Get energized creatively for the new year. I just bought three books from Amazon and I want to read all three for inspiration over the break. I got The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real to get inspired with my business, KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting's New Wave to get inspired with my knitting, and Life Is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally to get inspired with my life.
In addition to these goals I also plan on spending as much time as possible with the girls. I also know that Ani wants to come to the farm for a few days while the girls are in town so I will probably have to make a round trip to get her. We'll see whether I can get it all done. I'm not going to stress myself out about the top 2. They are ultimate goals for the new year too. I will probably end up taking a week off in February just to get some spring cleaning and organizing done to finish up what doesn't get done.


Split Rock Ranch said...

It all sounds good to me! At least you have the motivation to make a list. I'm not even to that point yet. Sigh...the new year will come, ready or not.

Lynne said...

I need to take a look at the creative entrepreneur eBook, sounds like something I need to read!
Enjoy your time off!

Dasche Bledsoe said...

So much to do before we make a big mess again to clean up. The holidays are so much fun!

Ann said...

I never make to do lists for my time off any more. I used to and then I would end up getting mad at myself for not getting things done. Now I just wing it

Campbell Jane said...

I get so much more done when I make a list. The scarf is lovely!
Happy Holidays

Jen said...

I've done a few craft shows, and though I enjoyed the social aspect I never did sell enough to make all of the extra effort worthwhile. On the other hand, I've run into plenty of folks that have done very well. I guess it just depends on your ability to match the market where you are.
I do belong to a couple of teams on Etsy and have enjoyed them immensely but none of them are local.
I sure do love that scarf! :o)

Sandy said...

Had Christmas with friends last night. Both ladies recieved Lenox Knits scarves. Both of them LOVED them! Just wanted to let you know. :)

selahestelle said...

I also like your new scarf a bunch. The pattern you used is quite pretty; and who doesn't love a RED accessory? I honestly haven't found a team locally that is chill enough about joining, or clear enough about what it is they actually do together. I probably need to look into in a lot more than I have bothered with, as I know there is much out there. I do have a nice little personal network of local artists and find keeping up with them and what they're doing to be inspiring all by itself. I used to work for an city run art school and have found the connections from it to be invaluable.
I wish you luck on your list. I always do much better with a list too. Sounds like some really good goals. From one clothes pile owner to another: I would encourage you to do that clothes one though, it would be great to start the new year without the "pile" wouldn't it? :D*


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