Thursday, January 09, 2014

All the Tiny Things to Do in the New Year

I am not one for resolutions, but I do usually set some larger but achievable goals most every year. They're usually related to learning skills and acquiring things that make my life a little better, so I guess if you want to call them resolutions, so be it.
Last year my 'to acquire' items were a brand new keyboard (my old one was from the early '90's but stayed trusty til about 2011!), a new bed and mattress, and new sheets for said bed. All those things were a little out of my price range but I made them happen, slowly but surely.
This year's 'to do' list includes learning to knit. I know how to crochet but just haven't learned to knit, and I really want to make my own lopapeysa (Icelandic sweater). It's so simple, so they say. Well, now that I work literally next door to a craft store that gives knitting classes, I can't really have an excuse.
I will also finally work up the guts to by Creative Suite 6; right now I'm on a janky old CS2 from about 2005, but thankfully it's done what I needed up until recently when it started malfunctioning. So onward to better software! But I don't think I'm going to go as boldly as subscribing to their cloud service, where you pay a fee each month. I like having a hard copy of a product in case things go wrong, and my internet connection is never guaranteed, so I don't want that to be a factor in where or when I can work. 
In 2014 I want to finally do a jewelry show or craft show, which will mean setting up an LLC for myself, getting a tax ID, and trying to get 'n by nathan hall' a little more in gear. As I finish my doctorate I think the jewelry design part-time work is going to be very helpful for my not going crazy in thinking about THE FUTURE.
And finally, I set up a page for myself as a composer and artist on Facebook, which I hope separates my personal life from my private life a little bit. And perhaps gets some new fans! I'm hoping for 500 'likes' by the end of this year, which I think could be totally do-able.

It's a lot of tiny things to do, but hopefully 2014 will all add up to a great year.

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