I've never been a "goals" person. Sure I made the required goals in school for assignments or whatever, maybe the occasional new years resolution, but I've never really had a personal, meaningful goal. I guess I don't make resolutions because, although they are meant to have good intentions, everyone knows they are rarely kept and it's almost accepted that you may only last a month or two with your resolution.
This year, without even any intention to, I started to set goals for myself. I think it started because of being asked my least favorite question "what do you do?". Seems like a harmless question, but to someone who does a little of this and a little of that it's hard to answer and feel like you actually sound professional. My goal for myself is create an identity for myself, figure out who I am, finally! Give myself a definition, not for everyone else, but so that I can feel proud and accomplished for myself. My ultimate goals? I really want to have a successful illustration print business. You will see more about that here as we get to know each other, but it's what lead to starting this blog. So today I thought I would think about some goals for the blog and what I'm really wanting to do here. And what better way to do this than share it with all of you?
Official goals of Maryjanes and Galoshes-
1. Grow a large following of people who are genuinely interested in what I post here. I don't want pity follows, I don't trade follows "you follow me, I'll follow you", no that's definitely NOT happening. I don't care if it takes years and I never have more followers than I have today, this blog is for me and if you happen to enjoy it as well that makes it even more rewarding.
2. Be featured on one, or all, of my favorite blogs. The blogs that got me inspired to be here. Not because I've hounded them, but because they want to support me in what I'm doing here and feel I'm worth sharing.
3. Be asked to guest post on someone's blog, or maybe even swap blogs for a day. I think that would be the highest compliment, if someone actually wanted me to come write on their blog.
4. Create happy childhood memories for my kids through the projects you see here. Being accountable to my blog means I have motivation to do the projects I've been wanting to do and have excused myself from actually doing them. So many times I see something cute I want to make for my daughter, but tell myself by the time I finish it she will grow out of it in a week. That's not true, and usually it doesn't take nearly as long to make as I think.
5. Post things worthy of comments. I hope someday I look back at these goals and think "gosh, I remember the time when I was thrilled to get a comment a week, and now I get many positive comments per day". It's not about the comments, but I know how easy it is to skim over an entry and bookmark it for later. In order to leave a comment you have to be really inspired. I want to inspire.
And because you can't have a post without a picture, something inspiring.....LOL I'm not the only one with plans to go somewhere!