In general, when I think about time in years, it seems like a long time. A year is a long time, but they always seem to fly by. I truly can’t believe it is already January and we are in 2012. I have a very busy year ahead of me and suddenly I feel as though a year is not a long enough time to accomplish all that needs to be done. Andrew and I have a lot of big decisions ahead of us to make, places to travel, jobs to stay on top of, finding a new home, a business to manage, plus we have our first baby on the way. Those are just to name a few! I am not worried or anxious about my long list, rather I am at peace about it. One day at a time, right?
I actually look forward to a new year of new surprises, experiences and blessings. One thing in particular that I have been thinking about and working on are the goals for myself as an artist and a business. This past year was my first year in business full time. I learned a lot and am ready to make my second year in business even better.
Be consistent with all commissioned work. It takes about 6 to 8 weeks to create a custom piece to completion and I want to strictly stick to that time period. (Many of you have been so patient with me in this last year as I battled with my broken kiln for several months. I cannot thank you enough for sticking with me!)
Do not take on more work than I can handle at one time. It is ok to have to say “no” sometimes.
Be proactive about my work now. In other words…work ahead! I want to feel like I have gone ahead of myself in my work so when our baby comes along in May, I will feel no stress or pressures about taking a break and then easing myself back into my work later.
Build a website for my business that will showcase all features of myself as an artist.
Continue to sell and build my shop on Etsy.com.
Have a second show in Maryland this fall.
Enter work into juried shows/exhibits.
Create more work for me. (Personal ideas I have been wanting to explore for the sake of expanding and pushing myself as an artist. I don’t want to be stuck making the same things over and over.)
Get some work selling in a few local shops.
Explore and experiment with new glazes. I would really love to expand my pallet of crystalline glazes!
I hope you stuck by to read this through, even without pictures. I appreciate those of you who have been following me through this blog, encouraging me and supporting me. A huge THANK YOU to all! Keep pushing me! Leave me comments! Let me know things you would love to see too! Happy New Year to you all!