I’ve come to realize that I begin every year with similar goals. How about you? Do you make resolutions? Here are mine for the year:
- Clear the Clutter — we live in a tiny house, and this actually happens multiple times each year
- Exercise — something I haven’t done in, ahem, years
- Make TinkerLab More Meaningful — we’re turning over a new leaf!
- Make Art — it’s been really hard to find time for this one
Goal #1: Clear the Clutter
One thing that makes our house feel super cramped are gobs of Christmas decorations. So, pretty soon after January 1 our tree and all the baubles come down, allowing me to breathe well again. With this fresh start, the girls and I spent some time going through their toy baskets. These are basically catch-all junk drawers for toys that don’t have a proper home.
We decided that they would each keep one basket full of toys, and the rest had to be thrown away or donated. They had a great time reacquainting themselves with long-lost objects of their desire, and were very good about letting things go that they no longer held near and dear.
And then, of course, clearing away some clutter gives us more room to enjoy the things we love most about our home…
Goal #2: Exercise
This is one area where I have been utterly pathetic. One of the things that’s held me back from exercising is making time to do it. My kids never enjoyed sitting in a jogging stroller for too long, streaming exercise videos never worked for me, and I had trouble finding a gym that my children enjoyed spending time in. But I finally found the right gym, managed to exercise for an entire hour yesterday (gasp!), and plan to get myself back in shape.
Goal #3: Make TinkerLab More Meaningful
Last year my blog sort of hibernated and changed focus so that I could focus energy on my book. Without totally neglecting my beautiful children. No small feat.
And this year, well, I hope to give my blog more love and attention. One thing that I’m wondering about, and maybe you can help me with this, is what my readers like about my posts and what they hope to get from blogs like mine. Do you come here to get activity ideas, creativity inspiration, sketchbook prompts, or are you just a curious about our little life in California?
If you have a moment (pretty please!) would you kindly fill out this really short survey? You can do this right here without even leaving our site!
Goal #4: Make Art
Do you make time for your art? I used to have a pretty solid art-making practice and part of me really misses it. I miss the hours of tinkering and experimenting with different media and testing new ideas. But my life is so busy with kids and it seems close to impossible to make time for painting or even sketching.
The other morning 3-year old Rainbow woke me up at the lovely hour of 3 am and I could not fall back to sleep. In a desperate move to make lemonade from lemons I pulled out my sketchbooks and had three glorious uninterrupted hours of art-making before everyone woke up.
While I was sorely tired that day, the good news is that this brought back so many good memories of the TinkerSketch challenge that we launched in the summer of 2012. In order to help me stick with my goal to make art, I’m thinking about bringing this back.
Any chance you’d like to join me by making just one piece of art every day? I’m putting some fun prompts together and hope to have them ready by February 1, 2014. If you have any ideas I’d love to hear them.
That’s it for now! What about you? What are your goals for 2014? Are you clearing the clutter or exercising more? Will you join me in the TinkerSketch Challenge?