Wow, there goes January! Such a fun and crazy month it was...and what a kickass way I wrapped it up! There were some dark days too, of course, especially towards the end (a.k.a. Trump), but I won’t dwell on the negatives.
Before I go ahead and make plans for February, I would like to reflect back on my month and share with you how I did on the goals I set for myself at the start of the year.
A major lesson I learned this month is that, ultimately, some goals will always get prioritized over others, and those that fall to the bottom of the list may not get done in time. But that’s probably ok...
Goal #1. Be present.
I struggle with this one the most. I start every day with this goal in mind, and with the intention to carry it through. But somewhere, at some point during the day, I lose focus. And before I know it, my mind is racing with ideas and projects I need to get done, and I frantically try to do all of them, and still accomplish only a fraction. Need to try harder, I guess!
Goal #2. Be kind.
I’m making a conscious effort to be easy on myself, and that’s the first step.
Goal #3. Pay it forward.
I can probably consider this month a success when it comes to this goal. I couldn’t attend the Women’s March, because I was away, but I did make a donation to Planned Parenthood. I intended to do that regardless, and it helped with the feeling of helplessness during the days when others were in the streets fighting our fight.
I also ended the month with a brand new pattern release, the Melissa hat. I made this a free download, as a way of saying thank you to my fellow knitters, and paying it forward to this amazing community I’m grateful to be a part of!
Goal #4. Consume less.
I’m pretty sure I nailed this one! You guys, I didn’t even purchase a single skein of yarn during the entire weekend at Vogue Knitting Live. That’s how strongly I feel about this goal!
Goal #5 Learn.
I am of the opinion that one always has room to learn and grow more. Having said that, this month was a huge learning curve for me. I learned that goal setting and execution are two totally different things, and one does not necessarily guarantee the success of the other. I learned that blogging is a lot more work than I thought it was going to be. I learned how to knit twisted rib, and I learned that I can achieve a nice green color when dyeing with red onion skins...
Goal #1 One design a month.
Done! I just made the cut-off, but that still counts!
Goal #2 Selfish knitting.
This one, not so much. The only thing I made for myself is the hat I designed. I never realized how few knitted items I own until I went to Vogue Knitting Live, and had nothing I had knit myself, except a hat.
Goal #3 Make socks.
I cast on a pair. In fact, I’m pretty sure it was the first project I cast on this year. And I love knitting on my pair of #tulsisocks by @thewoolclub. But as I started prioritizing my knitting and business goals, my socks kept falling to the bottom of my #wip stash. I was hoping to at least have one of the pair done by the end of the month, but I only got ¾ of the way through. Sad. More sock knitting goals in the future!
List of #WIP’s:
- Tulsi Socks: a bit of selfish knitting
- Find Your Fade Shawl: undecided (may be a gift for a friend)
List of FO’s:
Hmm..OK, I really thought I got a lot more knitting done, but it doesn’t look as impressive now that I wrote it down. I have to say, though, there’s a lot of frogging involved when designing (at least at this stage of my design career).
Goal #1 Run a marathon!
N/A. This wasn’t exactly a January goal. We’ll get back to it in November.
Goal #2 Discipline.
I’ve had good weeks and bad. I’ve kept a pretty solid 4-runs-a-week routine, except the week I traveled (which was a 2-runs-only week). I haven’t missed a single one of my long runs though, and that’s really important.
I do need to get better at switching up my runs, as most of them tend to be regular runs (as opposed to fartlek, intervals, etc). The funny thing is that every time I’ve gone on a “as you feel” run, they’ve turned out to be tempo runs. The last one of those was a 5 mile run I did in just under 40 mins, which is pretty fast for me!
Something I definitely haven’t been disciplined about is my water intake. I can go for days without drinking any water, with my only intake of liquid being coffee and wine (neither of them very hydrating, but both very satisfying).
Goal #3 Personal Best.
N/A. Let’s get back to this one in March!
Goal #1 Knitting.
I wanted to give knitwear design a real shot, as opposed to publishing a pattern every now and again. I seem to be on track with this one so far, but I think I’m done designing (and knitting) hats this season. Next up, shawl design perhaps?
Goal #2 Yarn.
It doesn’t look like I’ve done much with regards my yarny dreams this month, but I really have. Besides for experimenting with botanically dyeing, I also took some very important first steps towards my first shop update.
- I ordered 100 skeins of bare yarn (on top of the skeins I already had).
- I ordered lots of mordants and new-to-me dye extracts.
- I tried dyeing with what I had collected at home, namely eucalyptus, onion skins, hibiscus and citrus peel.
- I sold my first skein (if we don’t count the yarn auction in December).
- I donated a skein as a prize for the Makariri Shawl KAL hosted by Frenchie of ArohaKnits.
- I made up my mind, and decided to close my Etsy shop. I will sell all my product on the website and Ravelry, of course, for knitwear design! I feel good about this decision. Etsy is great, but it just didn’t feel right for me.
Goal #3 Blog.
5 blog posts, an article about my new pattern, 1 newsletter, and an automation set up to send all my subscribers their free copy of the Melissa pattern! Some good, some bad here. I definitely need to work a lot more on my newsletter in the future!
Goal #4 Collaborations.
No collaborations yet, but I have a few ideas that I’m hoping to put in motion soon!
Major win this month was receiving the Creative Boss Scholarship! I was kindly chosen as one of three female creatives for this installment of the Creative Boss Scholarship. For those who are not familiar, Hanna Lisa Haferkamp is an extremely knowledgeable and talented young lady, who runs a few small creative businesses herself. She's the host of the hannaontheroad podcast, and has a blog that comes filled with inspiring interviews with other makers in the community and lots of useful tips and tricks of the trade! Hanna Lisa offers Creative Boss Consulting and Creative Boss Coaching for those who want to take their small business to the next level, and, as a way to pay it forward, she generously grants scholarships to a few females!
We had our first coaching call (1 of 3) on the last day of January, and it was, for sure, the highlight of the month! Hanna Lisa is such a joy to speak to, and is so resourceful, I may have learned more during our one hour chat than I could’ve done in weeks of research by myself. She’s also extremely open and has helpful tips in all aspects of running a business. Those aside, I also had a blast chatting to Hanna Lisa! She’s such an upbeat, positive person, and is so fun to hang out with! Go check out her website, and schedule your 15 minute Exploration Call with her (a new feature she’s offering).
January was also a month filled with new friendships, and I’m looking forward to many more in the future. This is the part that makes my heart sing, and it’s also why I love this community so much!
Other than the standing goals I set for the year, I want to have a list of measurable goals for February, and here they are!
That’s all for now, friends. I hope you all had a productive January, and if you feel like sharing, we’d love to hear about your goals for February!
And last, but not least, thank you for sticking around with us for an entire month. Please let us know what you enjoyed reading about and what you’d like to see more of here at Oysters and Purls!
Lots of love and hugs to you all!