Saturday, January 01, 2011

Not Resolutions, But Hopes

Last year, I devoted an entire blog to resolutions of a sort.  My thought process was with the public watching, I'd be forced to keep them.  Well, I did accomplish a lot, but I fell on my face a bit, stumbled, had self-doubt, and fell into things that turned out to be marvelously chosen forks in the road along the way.

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

4The 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.


  1. I love your blog Lori; it's been one of my favourite discoveries this year. I think you post lovely pictures which I always enjoy, I especially like your cup of bead soup posts and I enjoy when you write about these other artists - hearing your take on their work. I love the idea of bead swaps - particularly for me swapping with people who live in other countries as it's so exciting to see what you get from just a completely different bead stock! Most of all, I love the way you foster a real sense of community here. Keep it up! You are a treasure here in our little community!

  2. Thank YOU, Lori~ you are one of my few steady commenters, you started the fab Bead Soup group(love the mini swaps of beads:0) & I really enjoy your blog Happy New Year

  3. Happy New Year..
    good point about resolutions potential to cause stress..
    my hope it so make more beads..and to use the supplies i have stock piled over this year into jewelry,give more attention to my Etsy shop..and enjoy life more.

  4. These are all great. And ones that I echo as well. I think the thing for me is that resolutions never make it out of the starting gate. Not without real intent behind them. It feels good to make prognostications for the coming year. Almost expected, but without the will to change the habits that got me to that place it is hard to live up to them. So I live by two Life Intentions: to live a creative life and to live without regrets. Easier said than done, but I know that by being true to myself I am a success in these two things (I set these intentions back before I turned 40 a few years ago). I will be with you on those things as well. We can be intentions buddies. I want to lose weight to feel better about myself. I want to grow my young people into the best they can be, but allow them room to fail big in order to learn big. I want to write better, more focused and more often (if that is even possible), but more importantly I want to live up to why people come to visit Treasures Found. I want to propel my jewelry into the next level, but that will take a lot of hard work and FOCUS (my word for 2011). And I WILL use my stash. It is bursting at the seams. So I love the bead soup swap idea. Right up my alley.

    Enjoy this first day of the new year with all the potential spread out before you like a buffet. Take what you need from this year that will help you to grow and challenge yourself to develop and offer the rest to those that need it most.


  5. Lori - don't change a thing about your blog/writing - it's fantastic as it is, and a pleasurable place to come on my daily reading! Your hopes/resolutions are great ones. Looking forward to your musings in 2011.

  6. OK - here we go!
    I think your blog writing is just the right amount of "beads" and "family" - I think the mix is just right (from my perspective, anyway).
    I always love to see beady creations - so that would be one thing I would like to see more of on your blog. I know you post lots already, but I am sure all your readers would love more.
    My plan is to keep my Etsy shop well stocked, and try to keep the beads on there fresh and new.
    I don't have any resolutions as such, but loosing a bit of weight would be great. I think I will try and get a walk in every day and that will definately help.

  7. Lori, You shouldn't doubt yourself or your abilities as a designer, blogger, or bead maker. You are an amazing designer! I love to read your blogs everyday! You make some beautiful lampwork beads for a newbie! I enjoy your blog. I appreciate all that you do with your blog. I love your jewelry! I love your beads, and I know I'm not the only one! Hang in there!
    As far as my goals, well, I've chosen two words: Hope and Detail.
    Hope is for my life. Detail is for my work.

  8. Lori - I like your blog - its interesting, pretty and diverse. I'm hardly qualified to critque your writing. I'm not really a beader but I do like to make a few jewelry items once in a while. I have a daughter that makes jewelry so I try to stay in my own areas. My hope for this year is to stop hunting and buying and use what I have found. I want to do more mixed media and that is my challenge...I have a room full of treasures and now need to make stuff! Good health and happy days in 2011. I hope you get your furniture!

  9. Lori, I love your writing style...don't change a thing ( I know not much of a critique right?!) My plans for beading this year include trying to get it done. I love your goal of using what you have, it is a challenge but sometimes that is when our best work comes out.

  10. Happy New Year!
    Lori I wouldn't change a thing on your blog because it is great. I love to come here to read it and draw inspiration from your posts!
    My personal resolution is to lose weight though I would be happy to just be in shape and not huff and puff when I walk up the stairs. Our business goals are to be published this year. We have a bunch more goals we want to achieve in the coming year, but that is the main one I want to hit! Beading goals for us is to get back into the swing of things because we have taken a break the last few weeks. I think we needed the break and now we are ready to get back into the grove of things. Of course Bead Soup Party sign up is this coming week so that will really get us into the grove - we are so excited and we started on our swap today. Yipee!

  11. Lori, I don't think you could do anything better with your blog and your writing...I really enjoy reading everything that you have to say! I love seeing the little snippets of your life that you share with us. I love seeing your beautiful creations. I love being inspired by your words and your wisdom. I love it all!

    My only resolution is to stop hanging around in The Waiting Place (a phrase I shamelessly borrowed from my daughter's Dr Seuss book LOL) stop waiting for the right time, the best time, for more time. To just START...doing, creating, living.


  12. Lori I always enjoy reading your posts no matter the topic and am glad to have found and met you this year. I wouldn't change a thing about your writing. I hope to get to make a lot more jewelry this year with more consistency but outside forces usually determine that for me. My hope for the year is "waste not". Happy new year my friend!

  13. lori, i think sincerity is what creates readership... and you either connect with people or not - just like in real life! you come through loud and clear in your blog and that is what i like about it...
    i admire your desire to use what you have... i am thinking of having some give aways as i am trying to only use what i make...
    resolutions and obscurely measured achievements are stressful... at the end of the day it comes down to how you feel about how you used your limited time... i am working on this too...
    oh, and you are human too? great!
    hillel - 'i get up. i walk. i fall down, meanwhile i keep dancing.' and all the while you are surrounded by people who are pulling for you...

  14. Lori - I think your writing is great! If there is anything I would change is to get more into the techniques you use to create - because I am constantly in learn mode. My plans for beading? Keep making leaps. I am leaps ahead of where I was last year (and oh so modest :-)) and I'm loving every minute of it. I'd like to try lampworking and I would love to have more success at selling, if only for validation and to make room for more new stuff. Thanks for all you do - one of the biggest leaps forward I took was because I joined you Bead Soup Blog Party :-)

  15. Lori-
    I'm so glad I discovered your blog this year. I really enjoy reading it. As someone mentioned, you come off very sincerely on your blog--like we're having a conversation. That's a testament to the quality of your writing as well as to who you are as a person.

    I set 5 goals which I've blogged about, but I should have added the one about using my current bead stash! I'll look forward to your bead exchanges.

    Wishing you happiness, peace and fulfillment in the year to come!

  16. Less stress is what I'm trying for myself in the New Year! I agree...we should be good to ourselves:)
    Your writing on your blog is great! That's what draws all the followers. You always have something new to say, and it's always fun and interesting.
    My goal for my business in the New Year is to be more focused and follow through with ideas/sketches.
    Happy New Year!

  17. I find your blog to be honest and inspiring. Your work is gorgeous. It's you, and that's why I like it. I can't think of a thing I'd change. I just hope that once in a while my blog makes you smile!

  18. Anonymous10:23 PM

    I have some of the same goals as you and some of the same obstacles.
    But I hope to work harder this year to achieve all that will make me healthier and happier. To keep an open heart and open mind.
    Wishing you all the best this new year.

  19. Anonymous10:28 PM

    I have some of the same goals as you and some of the same obstacles.
    But I hope to work harder this year to achieve all that will make me healthier and happier. To keep an open heart and open mind.
    Wishing you all the best this new year.

  20. Well said, Lori. I am with you about hopes for 2011, we can hope and we can continue to do our best. Thank you for your writing and your sharing with us all. Thank you for the bead soup and for bringing together such a great community of beaders and bloggers. A very healthy and happy New Year to you and your family.

  21. These are all great things, Lori. I love the sentiment of your post ... it's real ... about real people in the real world. You have expressed the concerns that a lot of us have. And, I especially love the idea of swapping! Good girl!

  22. I am so grateful that I found your blog this year and I regularly read what you have to share and I wouldn't change a thing because I think what you are putting in your blog is coming from your heart and that is why so many of us connect with you because you are being honest and truthful and sharing your life.

    I am choosing two words for this year GROWTH and ORGANIZATION. Growth is to get my jewelry business on the map and hopefully have some success and maybe even try and get some of my work published. The next I need to get my life in order to I feel in order, I have been carrying around so much stuff my whole life and I think now is the time to streamline everything and get rid of old baggage so I can bring a fresh start to my life.

    All the best Lori, may you have your cup run over with all the success that your heart desires.

  23. I really hear you in what you say. Youve done well tho gotten out there and sold jewellery and gone to shows, my hats off to your Sucess Lori! My post hits on feelings Id been feeling for a long I put them to word tonight. I totally relinguish jewellery to all those who have all the money.I just cannot seem to keep up (read my blog!). But its totally ok I feel like I can get off of the Merry Go Round now. My focus will be (I keep saying I know) to better myself with learning Lampworks skills. And when I get good I will be good and maybe sell some things. But Im weary too maybe not all in the quite same things as you but I pass the helm on quite happily! I will slow down and lampwork, read some blogs and just be ME and not try to keep up. Huggs~Lori ox

  24. Lori, I am still glad I found your blog, and I don't know a thing that should be changed in any way.
    What I like about it most is that whatever you do, Lori shines through.
    Many of us have a big, big hoarding problem, I guess, so you are not alone when you say you want to use your stash...! I spend so much money for beads I NEED to have RIGHT NOW... and then I don't use them for years. I'm with you: this year I WILL use my stash.
    And I love the idea of more bead swaps! International bead swaps, pleeeeaaaaaaseeee :)
    Most of all, I wish to come closer to what I am, to follow my bliss, to stretch out my possibilities and to be kind to myself and to mother earth. These intentions are not new to me, of course, but they still are - and probably will always be - my most important ones.
    Thank you, Lori! Keep up the good work! And hope you'll get your furniture soon ;)

  25. I've been following your blog for about the past 16 mos. and love reading it every morning with my coffee. Via your blog and the Bead Soup Party I've met some great beaders and been challenged to expand my horizons. The whole reason I started blogging again last year (I had blogged for quit sometime on LJ about my life in the Deep South)was to reach out and meet a community of beaders. You have really inspired me to keep going.

    This year I hope to follow my instincts and bead freely. I'm not completely sure what that means, but I will try to work without putting as much pressure on myself, to learn from the things that did not work, and to love the process. I want to go back to doing more stringing and start incorporating beaded beads and beaded components.

    A non-bead related goal is to reduce my high fructose sugar intake. I'm pretty good about cooking dinner every night from raw ingredients, but I notice during a two week trip where I ate virtually nothing processed, that I felt much better. I too would like to drop a size - those ten pounds that crept up during the past five years. I think ten pounds in 12 months is a goal I can reach and maintain.

    In my blog I would like to write a few learn with me or how-to articles. I love seeing the process in other blogs and want to do this a little myself even if it is just my thoughts about how to put a piece together.

    Thanks so much for a great year! I can't wait for the 7th to sign-up for the BSP.

  26. Just be who you are, Lori. You are an authentic person - that is what attracts me, personally.

  27. As you can tell from all of the comments you should continue to do exactly this! Your blog is a place of inspiration mixed with everyday challenges that we all face and I love you for that. You are real and true.
    I have held off on any resolutions right now as the new year has already hit me with a challenge but as far as beading goes I just want to GROW!


  28. As I meet more and more people in the art jewelry community, one thing has been constant; they share their frustrations of trying to connect with others and not having a response from those they try to connect with.

    This is understandable as we all have busy lives but the exception to this has always been .... YOU.

    Your name has come up over and over in conversations for your ability to connect with people, gather them together, uplift them and encourage them. Your consistent responses in spite of what your daily life is throwing at you is admirable and inspiring.
    I hope you never lose that.

    (That is so awesome for Zach! I am really excited for this boys future!)

  29. What a gorgeous photo, and what wonderful resolutions. It's wonderful that you are so supportive of your son. Good luck with everything in 2011!

  30. Happy New Year Lori!!

  31. Don't change a thing in your blog writing!

    I don't make resolutions. I attempt to eat better, exercise more and be a better whatever all the time. Even while I'm lying in bed eating cookies I stole from the 7/11 ;-)

    I don't really bead right now but I've got "making paper beads" in the back of my mind right now.

  32. I have similar goals for the year in wanting to eat healthier for myself and to set a better example for my children, to be kind(er) to myself, to help my children love themselves for who they are without comparing themselves to others and to continue to grow my blog/beads. May 2011 be better for us all!

  33. I enjoy your blog posts, because you are a good writer, and creative! I'm not into jewelry making and I've been a follower forever -- so there!

  34. Your blog is wonderful Lori. I always enjoy reading it. It's a lovely mix of topics sprinkled with beautiful jewelry, helpful hints and ideas and little glimpses into your life. But why do I keep missing posts? Well I've just worked it out. I'm following you on your other blog but only have you bookmarked for this one. I'm about to remedy that! good grief...if I had a brain I'd be dangerous.

  35. hey gorgeous, love your plans for 2011. I have a few goals in mind too {up on my blog} but no matter what happens ANYTHING I can tick off is an ACHIEVEMENT for me! ;o)

    I wish you luck in your quest...and am sure you will feel a sense of fulfilment by the end of 2011 :o)

    I dip into your blog every now and then and find myself "catching up" on a few posts at a time {have loved the latest two especially...very insightful, thank you!}

    Wanted to take part in the Bead Soup but couldn't get in touch with you via email....look forward to the "mini" bead soup.

    I absolutely ADORE the beads in the last picture on this post and would LOVE to have some...could you point me in the right direction?

    All the best for, happiness and much love....


    hello gorgeous


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