Well, it’s New Year’s Eve! Time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished for the year and start thinking about what’s on the plate for 2009.
I went back in “history” and found my 2008 goals so I could review them and see how I’d done.
Goal: Get more proficient with PMC.
Result: Not a complete FAIL, but I didn’t work hard on honing my skills with PMC. This will definitely make the jump to 2009 as something I’d like to continue to work on!
Goal: Work with that torch.
Result: Ooh, yeah. I wouldn’t say I mastered it, but I did have some stunning success with soldering, fusing and expanding my skills here. One of my proudest moments was the soldering of those teeny tiny axe pendants in July for the LumberJills. I really love “playing with fire” and hope to continue to learn and sharpen my skills (hahaha, pun intended) in 2009!
Goal: Grow my jewelry business through higher end and more personal showings.
Result: I did get into higher end shows in 2008, with the Grand Cities Art Fest as the crowning glory. Not a lot of personal showings, but I didn’t take the time to market them either. Do I really want to do “home parties”? Not sure…probably need to think through next year’s marketing strategy more thoroughly.
Did my business grow, however? Resounding YES…proving that even in a tough economy, people like and will spend money on handcrafted goods.
Goal: Create one piece per week.
Result: Well, I know I made more than 52 new pieces in 2008. But one per week? No. I still encountered some crunch time, but I took some down time as well. So while I may not have technically achieved this goal, I’m placing it on the “DONE” side of the board. 😉
Goal: Write one article/project/review for Beading Help Web per week.
Result: Life got in the way of good intentions here, plus there were other business factors that took their toll. However, I’m still committed to BHW and to helping other beaders and jewelry makers out there…I do plan on putting more time into the site next year. 🙂
Overall, I feel good about 2008 and my accomplishments. On to deciding what to focus on for 2009!!!
Later this week, I’ll share some of the “out takes” or bloopers of 2008…there are some doozies!!!