I have been inspired, as I often am, by certain bloggers I follow. This time my muse is Debbie of My Random Musings.
As I flutter around in random formation, flitting from this project to that; this passion to that; this idea to that; this demand on my time to that; I get through my days,week and months in a blink of an eye. Completing a lot of stuff; dipping my toes in many a pond and having a great deal of fun but it all kinds of floats around in a mishmash of activity without borders, direction or guidelines.
That’s all very well. A nice, jolly, unfocused existence, guided by optimism and chance, but I really would like to look back on a year without being completely surprised by how I got from January to Christmas and the circuitous route I took to get there.
I’m not saying I don’t love the surprised. I do. That’s the problem. I enjoy the freedom of it a little too much. Sometimes to the point that at any point in the year I’m not really sure what sort of ground I might find under each footstep. More importantly I’m not moving forward. I’m treading the beautiful waters in which I wallow and am allowing myself to enjoy things as they float by; maybe latching onto them for stability for a few moments; but never really reeling myself in.
I’d like to be able to say my starting point was A by goals were B,C and D with a few distractions via M,Q and W, but I made it to D by the end of an allotted time. I’d like to measure my achievements as well as list them.
So *deep breath* I’m taking Debbie’s advice and starting with a bucket list:
1.TWITTER – I’d love to have over 500 followers before the end of the year, a small hop rather than a leap – in my mind I already know I really want 1000 but let’s be realistic about these things. This is me
2. ALSO TWITTER – I need to find help and learn how to use it more effectively – I love talking politics, parenting, art, religion, tourism – I don’t want to focus on one topic – I love to RAMBLE and REACT and REFLECT as he mood takes me and the words grab me but I must more effectively access the right people for each topic otherwise I am aware I may bore, or worse, annoy my followers
3.BLOGGING – again I want to ramble randomly so I’m aware I need to be smarter with my tags/metatags/linky’s/sharing . Again I need advice . I can find lots of blog share site but I’m not interested in fashion, cosmetics, hair and makeup and I’m in the UK… I need to find other companions – as fun as some of those I follow are – I need more of the random eccentrics out there. I won’t put a link as you’re already here but feel free to have a look round if you can make it to the end of this post 😉
4.ALSO BLOGGING – I need to set a goal for ‘followers’ but I don’t really want followers so much as interactors – I’ll continue writing it even if no-one reads it because sometimes I can’t sleep until I get whatever it is out of my head. however, it would be lovely to have a few people who felt inspired to discuss my content… Lets say I’ll aim for 36 new followers / contributors in 2017, 20,000 views
5.TEACHING – this is new to me, I’m loving it – teaching stained glass to members of the community as part of a funded Community Project – my goals are to be proud of the finished product, have it installed by the end of summer and to both blog and Vlog the process. My aim is to obtain another teaching commission for 2018
6.STAINED GLASS ART- let’s get proactive instead of reactive. Last year I started thinking about Christmas stock mid October – about 3 months too late when I had zero old stock to sell and had to close by order book on 5th Dec because for some reason we decided a holiday before Christmas would be relaxing. It was. The run up to it was definitely not. So. START making Christmas glass in the summer.
7.ALSO STAINED GLASS – I am really really bad at marketing myself, my skills and my ETSY shop (I bet you are thinking ” whoa, she has an Etsy shop?!”) – I looked at my Etsy shop today and all items have expired. I’ve not been updating my existing ‘made to order’ items or creating any new ones. Target – never have my shop empty. Create 2 new designs before summer (lets say end July). Anyway, here’s a link to the shop ..don’t look yet, I’ve written this but I haven’t done it yet, give me a few hours!!
8. ALSO STAINED GLASS – my favourite moment in the artistic process is creating a new design and making it for the first time. I love most of all the commissioned one-off pieces. As an artist rather than a commercial maker, the fun and challenge is in the original design and the presentation of it to the individual who asked for it.That said I really need to focus on marketing myself as a designer and maker of one off commissioned glass panels… If I could get 3 more commissions for 2017 I’d be a very happy bunny.
9.BED AND BREAKFAST – Cerdyn Villa is, in my mind small and perfectly formed . I love that we run it like we are having friends over. I love that we spend hours talking to our guests over breakfast or sharing our wine/beer in the garden on a rare warm sunny day. Yes its a business, but mostly its a lifestyle choice. What I wanted to do last year was to start running weekenders for like-minded people – eg: an artists retreat, a classic car enthusiasts retreat; that sort of thing. Basically fill our 3 rooms and maybe have 4 or 5 campers come along – welcome drinks evening around a bonfire, breakfast together, some form of group activity, an evening meal together, possibly everyone heading to the local pub together for a pint, some other activity and away they go – fulfilled, enlightened and loving our home and this little village. My target is to run a first one in 2017…In September *better warn hubby*
10.ART – as an acrylic artist I am again pretty crap at self promotion. I would however be very happy to paint 2 more original spacescapes to add to my series and arrange for them to be exhibited somewhere before Christmas. I’m not a mass creator of sellable art I just want to follow my passion and paint these for me – but be brave enough to put them out there for others to look at.
11.FACEBOOK. I amalgamated my art page (Pink Butterfly Art & Glass) and our B&B page (Cerdyn Villa B&B into one with a view to create a ‘lifestyle hub’ The page is Pink Butterfly Art & Glass at Cerdyn Villa B&B or @CerdynVilla – I’d love to grow that to 1000 likes.
12.LIFESTYLE HUB – with so many facets to life I set up (with a lot of help from my friend and mentor, Dinah) a ‘one-stop-shop ‘Lifestyle Hub’ combining my blog, Facebook, B&B website, art and twitter into one place from where everything can be accessed. I need to make it more visible (how? – ok arrange more time with the gorgeous Dinah – for that but mostly for coffee and cwtches). Plus I promised I’d start a VLOG... so my target is to set up a VLOG!!!
So there you go. I shall continue fluttering about randomly rambling my way along but at the same time (yes I do plan to multi task), I shall keep my mind on these goals and moreover I shall report back in January on my success/failure/adaptations to the above.
Wish me luck, I’m going in!