Thursday, January 3, 2013

Goals for 2013

I've wrapped up my 2012 goals and am excited to share my long term goals for 2013 today.

1. Work out twice a week. I'm sure that this sounds like something of a pathetic goal, but I have never maintained a regular workout routine in my entire life. At this point in my life, there are no more excuses for it. Ideally I would like to build to a more rigorous workout schedule, but this seems like a realistic place to start.

2. Create a weekly cleaning schedule and stick with it. I swore up and down that I would do this when we moved to Milwaukee. A year and a half later, it's never happened. I have gotten much better about keeping up with clutter on a daily basis, which is a significant improvement. On a very similar note to my first goal, I have no more excuses for not finally making this happen. Now that we have three cats, it's more important than ever.

3. Double my December 2012 HubPages earnings. I am still kind of in shock that I was able to not only double but triple my December 2011 earnings by December 2012. I am optimistic that I'll be able to double again within the next year.

4. Maintain a minimum 2,000-3,000 words per day minimum on weekdays. When Jake was an intern, I kept a pretty crazy work schedule. Now that he's mostly working weekdays, I'm trying to keep to the same schedule for writing so I don't burn out and can enjoy time away from the computer. I am really proud of the fact that 2,000 words per weekday doesn't feel like a huge undertaking anymore and am hopeful that I'll be able to maintain this pace for the duration of the year.

5. Participate in 10 craft fairs. I would like to return to 4 of the craft fairs that I participated in during 2012. I already have a list of 5 more that I'd like to check out for 2013. I'm confident that I'll be able to add one more to that potential list and can fill in others as needed if any of these shows don't pan out.

6. Learn one new Photoshop Elements skill per week. I'm sure that I've discussed this here at various times over the past few years, but most of you probably don't know that I have always been completely overwhelmed at the idea of learning Photoshop. I am pretty fearless when it comes to learning new technology, but for some reason, Photoshop makes me want to run the other way. Now that I own an SLR, I feel like I don't have any more excuses. If I'm serious about furthering my photography, I need to learn real editing skills.

I bought Elements and am determined to start easing into it. As I literally don't know how to do anything with the software, I'm using the term "skill" very loosely. The tasks can be extremely simple, especially during the first few months of the year.

7. Start to monetize my photography. I took something in the range of 10,000 photographs during 2012. While I have been able to use many of them for endeavors online (selling on Etsy, blogging, writing for HubPages, etc.), there is so much more than I can do with them.

At this point, I'm not interested in investing in a lot of inventory and selling my work in person. I've already invested a lot in my randomcreative beading, button, and music image and am not ready to take a whole new direction with it. I also feel like I need to put it out there that I'm not interested in doing session work (engagement shoots, family photography, etc.). I know that I'm going to get approached about that now that I own an SLR, and for a lot of reasons, it's not something that I want to pursue at this point.

With that being said, I would like to start by exploring options like Cafepress that handle the printing side for you. If anyone has experience with this type of work, I'd greatly appreciate your input.

8. Participate in 6 BBA challenges. All of the drama with the EBW team burned me out on challenges a bit in 2012, but I'm excited to be more free for 2013 with just the BBA. Our challenges have a very broad range and do not have to involve creating items that we sell for Etsy, which is really nice.

9. Maintain focus on expanding my best selling items/lines. This may seem ridiculously obvious, but sometimes I get caught up in experimenting with new ideas and neglect to restock, let alone expand, my lines that are doing well. After doing so many craft shows this year, I have a pretty solid idea what is and is not doing well in my shop. I'm never going to stop experimenting with new crafty ideas, but expanding existing successful lines is going to be a high priority.

10. Maintain focus on ensuring consistency for my craft fair booth and my business in general. While the jewelry selling world is extremely competitive, I have a pretty solid niche for my business in the Milwaukee area. I get a lot of comments about how unique my work is, and people never have trouble picking me out from one show to the next. I want to continue to play up the button and music aspects of my products and display and maximize the unique potential of my business.

I have read a lot of great 2012 goal wrap up posts this week. If you write 2013 goals, share the link in the comments!


  1. All of your goals sound great! I'm with you on the exercise. I have to do it because of my scoliosis, but I've never really kept up a routine on my own either. I like your idea about photography, too! I'm curious to see how that goes.

    I posted my goals the other day:

  2. Great goals! I have Elements, but have yet to experiment with it.
    I don't have a cleaning schedule - I do it when I have spare time :) I need to exercise more. I say this every year!
    Looking forward to the BBA challenges as well!

  3. Go for it Rose! You can do it. I have confidence in you.

  4. I do love your goals and I know you can meet them. I especially like your first one. I'm committing to three days a week (hopefully move up to more). I do understand the starting off slow. I know that three days are doable. We can all find 40 minutes two or three days a week.

    Best of luck to you on your goals!

  5. Those sound like wonderful and obtainable goals! I need to start working out too, I used to be real good about it but then I took too long of a break and well that was that. No more excuses!

    Blogging Buddies Team

  6. Great goals Rose! And sounds like you've really thought through them! wishing you much success in 2013!!

  7. 2013 is going to be an awesome year for you! I've started putting together a few goals, but haven't gotten my thoughts all organized yet.
    I can't wait to see what you do with your photography in terms of sales...this is a wonderful idea!
    All the best in 2013!

  8. Best of luck! I, too, get excited about experimenting and neglect tried and true items, so I totally understand!

  9. Cleaning schedule? You mean cleaning right before someone comes over isn't a schedule? LOL! Seriously, your goals are great and I'm sure you'll achieve them and more! I've been wanting to do something with photography for years and think this will be my year too. My dad showed his photos at an art exhibit last year so if he can do it, so can I! Photoshop terrifies me though.

  10. My human needs to sit down and do lists like you have in your past couple of blog posts! Her good intentions are always getting misplaced. Regarding the photography thing: I have both a CafePress and a Zazzle store and and I much prefer Zazzle. There is much more flexibility with many of their items (as I discovered in 2011 when I was able to create a back page for my 2012 calendar with Zazzle and not with CafePress), plus they don't charge for a "premium" store. They also have some amazing sales, which occasionally make it possible to buy things in bulk if you do want to resell. In 12 months I made way more with Zazzle than I did EVER the whole time I've been on CafePress. My human has two more Zazzle stores in the works - one for her own photography and one for her boyfriend, who is a semi-celebrity (they are doing a licensing agreement and a W-9 and everything). I would say check both out thoroughly before you decide whether to go with Zazzle or CafePress - things may have changed for the better at CafePress, for all I know. BTW, my store is if you want to see mine.

  11. I'm tired just reading your

  12. great goals! And a lot! I have Photoshop Elements at home and use Photoshop at work. I took a night class for it a few years ago but have retained just certain things that I use all the time. I'll be excited to see (and hear, hopefully) your progress with it. There are SO many things to do, a book would be good to use! Good luck with all your endeavors! {:-D

  13. Those are some great goals! Reminds me I need to write mine down and get to it. Good Luck!

  14. Ambitious goals, but I am sure you can do it!! 10 craft fairs sounds daunting. I am also PhotoShop phobic! I'll be anxious to hear how your skill-building goes, and if you have any books or tutorials that you find helpful.

  15. You have a serious goal list for 2013, and I wish you much success in achieving each and every one of your goals.
    Everyday Inspired


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