Goals for 2018

Business, FamilyAnnie JohnsonComment
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Ah, who doesn't love a good New Year's Resolutions post?  Even though I've been a little quiet on the blogging front -- because production has increased 150%! woot! -- I still love dreaming, reaching, and outlining my goals for each year. 

My favorite tactic is to reflect on the previous year: what worked stellar?  What needs improved?  What would be a wild accomplishment?  What gives back to my family and betters our lifestyle (more together time)?  How am I going to accomplish each one?

Most are business related goals, because I'm a work-a-holic by nature, but I'm also listing a few personal ones to remind me everything has a season: a season to create, a season to be a mom, etc.  I'm also including how to accomplish each goal realistically.

My 2018 Resolutions

1.  Devote one day a week to personal exercise - stroller walks in the park or spinning at the YMCA.

2.  Purge the basement of everything we don't use or rotate into use within a year + devise better organization of what we do keep.  - I'm hiring my mom to babysit for a few days so I can focus on this hardcore -- bring everything up, deep clean and wash the basement, return necessary items in an organized layout.

3.  Can enough jams + green beans + salsa + tomato sauce + applesauce to hopefully last us for two years + holiday gifting. - Plan "canning parties" with other mom friends or hire my mom to babysit.

4.  Schedule a family picture for October + send Holiday cards before Thanksgiving. - We use Shutterfly to print our cards + organize our recipient Addresses in a spreadsheet so my hubby can print, peel, stick, stuff, and seal each envelope.  


5. I'm attending at least 2 shows a month, beginning in August and ideally 3-4 shows for each Holiday month (Oct & Nov).

6. I will open an e-commerce shop on this website, while maintaining my Etsy shop.

7. I will finish Choosing Your Tools eBook. - Everything is written, I just need to buckle down and finish editing all the pictures.  This is a photo-heavy tutorial of sorts.  I'd love to create a video to go with it.

8. I will publish all my original patterns for purchase. - Photograph each step, type the pattern, send to testers(?), and release one a month.  Perhaps I'll do a giveaway of one or two free copies to announce each release.

9. I will finish the Weekly Knit Stitches email series. - Finish editing photos for 2-3 swatches already made, and finish choosing and making the last 2-3 swatches.

10. I will host a Yarn Night on Zoom or Facebook or Youtube Live the last Saturday or Sunday of every month. - Research the best video chat platform so I can meet so many lovely faces and help more friends learn how to knit and crochet where YouTube tutorials have failed.

11. I will send a monthly email update. I was getting really good at this, but fell off right as the Holiday rush was picking up.  - I will plan out each month's topic for the year so I can easily flesh it out, have awesome pictures, and hit send.

12. Stretch Goal: I will blog monthly, if not weekly. - I will start planning my topics regularly again, photographing more, and search for guest contributors to spice things up.

13. Stretch Goal: I will have guest bloggers post about fashion styling + home decorating with Knits, monthly. - I currently have a Tweet that I post monthly, but perhaps a facebook and Instagram search as well as a sidebar ad would help?  Anyone want to guest post?  Let me know!


Lots to accomplish - and I'm always one to bite off more than I can chew.  Most of my business goals I hope to complete before Christmas, because I have another surprise not listed here.  So we shall see...

What are your Goals + Dreams for this year?  I'd love to hear all about it in the comments below!  Be sure to click "subscribe via email" to receive comment reply notifications.

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