So I set my goals in January, but... busy happened. You know the feeling, I'm sure. I have so many life goals this year and relatively few crafting goals; we're entering into navel gazing territory, so proceed at your own risk.

Are you a fan of the Meyers Briggs personality test? I like it as an evidence based horoscope and as a springboard for discussion of the ways people are similar, or different. I test very strongly as an INTJ. Some say that makes me a cold, clever Sherlockian (Moriartian?) analyzer of people and situations, prioritizing facts and logic over emotions, traditions, and hierarchies. I'm cool with being a super-villain (or as I was labelled recently a "Very Dominant Woman"- it was supposed to be an insult!). In practice, though, I'm a reasonably nice person who lives in an extreme state of constant internal and external evaluation. Who am I, really? What do I actually want? What is really true? How could we do better? How will every single choice affect my long term plans and the success of my short term projects? What would I do in this situation if everybody could just STOP FEELING STUPID FEELINGS AND THINK CLEARLY INSTEAD? Deep breath...

... and so, in many ways, my goal setting reflects that thought process. I have heard so many times that to be truly happy one must live in the present, feeling the joy of the moment. My cold INTJ brain hates that. Joy may be experienced in the present, but it is crafted on the choices of the past, and I can't ignore that I am building future moments of joy--or sadness--with the actions I take right now. Experiences are cumulative, and I like living in the future. It's comforting. 

Family: Last year we faced both sickness and death in my family, and it made me realize that I need to focus more on making memories, active parenting, and meaningful moments.

  1. Go camping (or some other form of cheap, calm vacationing) on spring and summer weekends.
  2. Teach Rei age-appropriate cooking skills, and how to ride a bike.
  3. Invite friends and family into my home more often.
  4. Go camping with the in-laws this summer.
  5. Have my wedding ring remade (it's too big and I haven't worn it in nearly 2 years).

Home: Both the making and maintaining.

  1. Paint the house during warm season, clean carpets in spring and fall
  2. Keep up bullet-journal-style daily organization tools (I've been using Evernote for this rather than a physical journal; so far so good).
  3. Learn to use cast iron cooking tools effectively.
  4. Reduce environmental impact.

Health and Wealth: paired because they rhyme...

  1. Maintain health like a goddamned adult- weight control, good sleep habits, flu vaccinations, I probably need a tetanus booster, dentist appointments...
  2. Visit the eye doctor, and do what they say. It's time to accept that maybe the generalized blurriness I'm experiencing is me, and not the breakdown of reality.
  3. Bike rather than drive, whenever and wherever possible!
  4. Save approximately 35% of our gross income towards a house down payment. This is... not easy. Which is to say fucking difficult. Focus on reducing spending on clothing, food, and non-essentials.
  5. Improve the entire family's financial literacy. For me this means monitoring and improving credit reports, planning cash flow, and learning about investments and mortgages.
  6. Explore (soft) minimalism by reducing clutter and accumulation (physically and emotionally) and by focusing on what really matters to me.

Fun: The crafting related goals, at last!

  1. Reduce stash guilt by only purchasing supplies for planned, imminent projects.
  2. Focus on craftsmanship, detail, fit, and durability over speed and productivity. Quality over quantity is the name of the game here.
  3. Put more time into spinning, aiming for lovely, useful yarn.
  4. Weave a blanket from handspun.
  5. Return to knitting pattern design!

So there you have it! I think I went for a more-is-more goal setting approach this year, we'll see if that pans out. I hope you're having success in building your future, even if you prefer to live in the present like a normal, sensible person.

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