However, that blog did cause me a certain level of anxiety to constantly ACHIEVE. And while ACHIEVE is not a word I would have chosen for myself, I know many who that word deeply resonates. But for me, that word causes doubt and worry and and I'd rather leave it to those who have big plans to take over the beading portion of the internet by storm. I can't keep up, and when I try to, it makes me anxious and frustrated and it's just. not. me. I like to write for the sake of writing, not for rankings or for popularity or for ... anything really. I just hope one person who reads likes what they read once in a while and is touched by it in some way, be it funny, poignant, or informational.
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Resolutions this year aren't exactly resolutions, because I want to give myself less stress and focus more and being kind to myself. They're more hopes about how I'd like things to progress in life -- but I'm prepared if they don't work out.
1. The trite one -- lose weight.
But not in the traditional, I want to be a svelte, skinny, clothes-suddenly-look-fabbbbulous-dahling on me. I'm at the age where weight is nearly impossible to lose, genetics is NOT on my side, and some of my medications laugh in my face like the Knights Who Say Ni. I just want to get rid of refined sugar as much as I can in my life and drop a size. That's not too much to accomplish.
|Oh gosh. But what about PIE?|
2. The best one -- help my son feel good in his skin.
This one I'll definitely keep, because all I can do is HELP, not FORCE.
Changing Zack over to a private school was a huge financial step for me, but well worth it. I'd pay twice what I am to put him there. It's exactly where he belongs. Now I hope he'll find his place, find his comfort zone, and flourish. If that happens, the rest of the year can proceed as it will.
|Zack playing a floor game at the mall.|
3. The wishful one -- to write better blog posts.
I guess it's no secret I like to write -- I try to post every day. I'd love to attract more readers who genuinely want to stay and read not just the one time, but continue to visit, because they like it. I'm not just a beader who shows their wares for promotion (although I do that from time to time), but a blogger who likes to talk about all sorts of things. Should I stick with one genre or not? No idea. But I enjoy what I do, and would love to get more followers in 2011. (And oh my goodness, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for the followers I *DO* have!).
|card by Kate Hindley|
4. The one that will be hard to keep -- use the beads I already have.
This is going to be tough, but I'm going to keep a tighter rein on what I buy. Part of it, well, a LOT of it is necessity due to a huge monthly school bill for Zack. Part of it is looking at a stash large enough for a bead store and realizing some things haven't been touched for literally years. So I'm going to challenge myself, as best I can, to use what I have as much as possible. I feel it will stretch my creativity.
I also plan to offer more small private swaps on the Bead Soup Blog Party Yahoo Group (join by clicking here) so we can "shop for free" by exchanging our stash for other people's stashes. Let's see how I do.
I'm going to leave it at that. Being kind to people, donating things to charity, sharing knowledge, all of that is just normal everyday stuff that I think most of us follow every day and don't need a resolution for.
Questions for you, my readers.
How can I improve on my writing? What more would you like to see?
Do you have a plan for your beading this year?
What's the one resolution or hope you most wish to keep?
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrtoe the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.