OK, time has got to move slower. I feel like I’m constantly catching up and never actually making it. I have a to-do list that keeps growing, and I haven't knit a thing in two weeks (which is a super long time!).
A couple of days ago I realized we were at the end of another month. So I quickly opened the set of goals for April and realized I had barely scratched the surface. However, even though I did poorly with the goals I had set for myself, I got a few major tasks accomplished that make me feel like April was a success after all!
- Spring Cleaning. I did some major spring cleaning and decluttering at the start of the month. It is amazing to me how much stuff we own and how much we can fit in our tiny one bedroom apartment. I would still ideally own 50% fewer things, but small steps! Cleaning and throwing/putting things away made me feel so much better and much less claustrophobic in my own home.
- Finances. I also sat down and spent most of Sunday (April 30th) doing my finances. Ever since I started my small business, I had done a terrible job of organizing the ins and outs; there were expenses on multiple credit cards and Paypal accounts, and lots of parts that had not been consolidated or accounted for. So I finally sat down, went as far back as October, and filled out spreadsheets month by month. Now I have a good system that I can work with every month, and I also have a spreadsheet for the year, where I can see and compare and look for trends.
- Naturalization. I finally filled out my Naturalization application and sent it off! For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s the application for US citizenship. I have been a permanent resident since December of 2008, which means I was eligible to apply a long time ago. But I was lazy, and I procrastinated for years. It feels so good to have this off my list, you have no idea!
In terms of the goals I set at the start of April, here's how they went.
Goal #1. Prepare another collection. Nope! I underestimated how long it takes to order yarn and dyeing supplies. But it’s ok, I plan to have multiple updates in May (hopefully)!
Goal #2. Experiment with hand painting and speckling. I just made this one! I experimented a little bit over the weekend, and I may have even figured it out.
Goal #3. Start working towards the next parts of the dream. In other words, locally sourced and Armenian yarns. This wasn’t a total failure. I did do some research, and I started thinking of the ways in which I can start the process. I’m hoping to tackle this during the #getshitdonechallenge hosted by Hanna Lisa!
Goal #5. Finish my Amalia Socks. Done! They are so soft and pretty, and I am so proud of myself for actually finishing a pair of socks!
Goal #6. Make a Marathon training plan and get to work! As a matter of fact, I didn’t make an actual plan, but I can say that I got to work. I even signed up for a training session once a week starting next Wednesday. I’m excited for the extra challenge!
Goal #7. Meet up with more of the knitters in my neighborhood. I failed at this one again. I really feel like it’s almost impossible for me to do anything on a weeknight (I have to nurse Anya before bed, which is usually at 8pm). And there’s only so many weekends in a month, and we already had plans for a bunch of them. Anyway, not trying to justify. Just saying...
Goal #8. Make a habit of writing more every day. Another epic fail! Blogging has basically fallen to the bottom of the priority list, and I would really like to work on it a little bit more, but there really aren’t that many hours in a day…
Oh and I almost forgot! Another accomplishment I am proud of was hosting my first ever Live Q&A session on Instagram. This was both absolutely terrifying and a lot of fun! I really didn’t think anyone would tune in, but I had multiple people join me (and Anya) and ask questions, and I think everyone had a great time! I will be doing more of these in the future.
- Release two new collections.
- Work on sourcing local yarn during the #getshitdonechallenge.
- Organize a knit night.
- Cast on a new project.
- Do more Live Q&A’s on Instagram.
- Restructure the website and blog more!
I’m keeping it even simpler this time!
Please let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see either on the website or in the shop or on my Instagram! I love sharing my passion, and I really enjoy when people ask me questions or want to know more. So, let me know!