Brand New

I really love the idea of a new year. It’s a chance to reset myself and think about what I want to accomplish. As we all know, resolutions are usually good for about two weeks into the new year, which is why I don’t make any, but I do try to look back at the previous year and think about how I can improve things over the next 365 days.

1. This year, Steve and I will celebrate 18 years of marriage (19 years together). A milestone, but not as many years as many of our friends’ marriages. Still, it’s a mark of one of the best decisions I ever made. Many people thought I’d lost my mind marrying a guy I’d known only 8 months, but my gut told me to do it and my gut was right.

2. I’m revamping my jewelry designs and making a commitment to expand the steel designs and retire some of the older sterling pieces. I’m currently working with a local laser-cutting company to cut blanks for me so I can more quickly create new pieces. This leads to my next commitment which is to find new galleries to carry my work.

3. Organizing! January is always a time to organize and this month (so far) has been no different. Yesterday, the extreme weather closed the store where I work, so I had an unplanned day to myself. Since I’d spent the weekend doing all my chores, I decided that I would tackle my big project: organizing and alphabetizing my entire album collection.  I started at around 10:30 a.m. and finished around 5 p.m. It was actually a fun project and I was amazed to find many hidden gems. I also took a hard look at what I had and started a garage sale pile. I still have a huge amount left to organize (the collection mentioned in the previous post), but I now have the space to store it and the desire to go through it.

I’ll be adding to my list and reassessing as the year goes by. Nobody’s perfect so I know I’ll fail a time or two, but I’m committing to picking myself back up and starting again. Here’s to a great 2014!

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