Happy New Year?

It’s amazing how quickly a new year can sneak up on you.

I can now say that I left my full-time job over a year ago. For whatever reason, I still let that define me, rather than say that I’m a full-time bookbinder.

I need to work on that.

So, in an effort to reinforce my full-time artist status (and make me feel better about last year), I decided to make a top ten list of my favorite accomplishments/moments from 2009.

The following are in no particular order, other than how they emerged from my brain:

  1. Meeting Claire Maziarczyk
  2. Attending the Focus on Book Arts conference
  3. Conquering the Celtic Weave
  4. Visit to the American Bookbinding Museum
  5. Getting a Dremel (and using it!)
  6. Chaiku
  7. Getting a grant from the Vermont Arts Council
  8. Discovering the book arts community on Twitter
  9. Teaching classes
  10. The Bonefolder Book (I’ll be writing a post about it soon)

Reviewing this list makes me feel pretty good. 🙂

In general, I’m not a person to make resolutions. I hate the idea that you “break” a resolution. It sounds like you’re going to die if you don’t achieve them. Too morose for me.

I will, however, make goals for the year. I try to keep these to a minimum, at least on paper (or blog). That way, I feel really successful when I get through the whole list. I figure I can always come up with more goals later, right?

So here are the goals I’ve decided to immortalize in online technology:

  1. Put work on Etsy
  2. Go to the 2010 Paper and Book Intensive
  3. Use the Gocco
  4. Update/upgrade website and integrate blog
  5. Finish business plan

I think this list is doable. I’ll keep you posted on my progress – wish me luck!

One Response to “Happy New Year?”

By Ellen/PaperChipmunk - 13 January 2010 Reply

It sounds like it was quite a momentous year! And worthy goals for this next one. I look forward to reading about how the year unfolds. Personally, I’ve never liked the idea of “resolutions” either. Goals are much better…more productive and less self-punishing sounding.

(And, yes, I do want to hear about that Bonefolder Book!)

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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