2013 was a great year. A lot of wonderful things happened in it, but it was also a very difficult business year for me. I had a lot of setbacks and money lost. I feel that most of my year was trying to play catch-up for the lost time, products and money. It was very trying and frustrating to say the least. As Christmas began to quickly approach I was determined to get fully caught up on all my work and orders so that I could start a new year completely fresh. I wasn’t even able to do that in 2013 and I never felt like I was truly set up for success. This year, 2014, is looking quite a bit brighter and I am excited to see all that comes of this new year. I have a clean slate starting off this new year in business with some resolutions to work towards as well.
1 – Bible. One of the first things that came to mind is being more diligent in my devotions and Bible study. It is something I have let slip this past year, and it only made the tough times all the more harder. If I am going to keep Christ first, I need to be working towards that daily.
2 – My family. We are anticipating the arrival of our second little one, May 1 (give or take). I am all about not being tied to my phone and iPad and I want to keep it that way. Time with my husband and son are precious to me and I always want them to know they have my attention. I want to make sure 2014 doesn’t slack in that area and my boys and new baby feel valued and loved by me.
3 – Money. This is a topic that has brought us much stress and anxiety. (Who hasn’t felt that?) God still amazes me at how he continues to provide for our family. I want to work towards being more frugal with our money and in particular building up our savings towards the purchase of a house. Our savings has taken a hit through a number of events that have come our way and, well, a ministry salary and an unpredictable artist’s living doesn’t actually proclaim we are “swimming in it”.
4 – Blogging. I want to get back into a more regular routine of blogging at least twice a week. In my mind that is enough to keep my blog fresh and up-to-date. There have been times where I can go up to two weeks without a new post and that starts to eat away at me. I want to keep my site current and exciting with news and updates on my studio, my work and even my home/personal life from time to time.
5 – Expanding my Business. I have a lot of great opportunities already in the making this year for business growth and I want to keep that fire burning. I am hoping to expand through new shows, selling in new shops, selling more in general, marketing and competitions.
I think that is enough on my plate as far as resolutions go. These will challenge me throughout the year for sure. I will also keep a to-do list a mile long all through the year as well, that is just how I roll.
Happy New Year everyone and Cheers to 2014!