Before setting goals for a new year, I always start by reviewing my goals for the previous year.
2019 Short Term Goals
These were my short term goals that I had for January through the end of April 2019.
- Complete obligations
- Fox Wholecloth Quilt (by the end of this year, if possible) – Done
- Complete 3rd bed quilt for Wabi-Sabi Overland (Bubbly) – Done
- Complete final magazine project (prior to leaving on long trip) – Done
- Be on the crew at QuiltCon – Done
- Teach at QuiltCon – Done
- Teach in March in Los Osos, CA – Done
- Teach in April in Hot Springs, AR – Done
- Continue to blog 2-4 times a week, as content arises – Yes, I was able to do this through early/mid April
- Continue to focus on pattern writing, technical editing, and teaching – I think this went well
- Prepare for living in Wabi-Sabi Overland – I don’t know if anyone ever really feels “prepared” for a big transition, but we did it!
- Make bags for safe storage of identified items – Done
- Make dinette seat cushions – Done
- Purchase mobile wifi hotspot and begin testing out remote access functionality – Done
2019 Longer Term Goals
These goals were purposefully for once my husband and I begin traveling in Wabi-Sabi Overland, which started at the end of April 2019.
- Finish any remaining projects; these are not obligations like the list above, so they will likely fall to the backburner
- Make baby size version of Wonder quilt – I was able to piece the quilt top while traveling and I just finished the quilt!
- Finish Aurifil BOM blocks and quilt – BOM blocks complete, still need to piece and finish quilt.
- Finish Modern Plus Sampler QAL quilt – Quilt top complete, still need to finish quilt.
- Finish Splendid Sampler 2 blocks and quilt – Blocks complete, still need to piece and finish quilt.
- Finish Aurifil/OLFA project – Done
- Have fun and make new projects! – I had a lot of fun this year, so I call this goal a success!
- Continue to blog as content and wifi are available – I was able to blog at least once a week, which I think is rather amazing given how remote and offline we were for much of the summer!
- Continue to focus on pattern writing and technical editing – I had a very productive year as a pattern writer and technical editor, so this was also very successful. In addition to the patterns listed below, I also released Octangle, Sprig, Tiled Parque, Layered Diamonds, Pulsing Plus, and the Push-Pull Quilt Along.
- Learn what it means to be online much less often (!!) – This was definitely accomplished and interesting!
2019 Big Picture Goals
- Remember my overarching life goal of seeking mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual balance. – This was a very unique year that offered the unique opportunity for my husband and I to enjoy some down time. There were also times punctuated with a lot of business and activity, and I think the fact that we both try to keep this in mind helps.
- Continue to embrace the “seek rejection” philosophy. – As I am trying to grow my technical editing business, I have definitely been doing this. 🙂
- I hope to stop in at quilt shops along our Wabi-Sabi Overland journey and, who knows, maybe I can find the opportunity to teach along the way?? – It turns out that trying to schedule where to be and when during our trip was pretty stressful, so I let this goal go almost immediately.
- Be gentle with myself. – Yes, I think more than any other year I have actually been better at this.
- There are lots of changes in store this year, and not everything is going to go smoothly. I hope I remember that it is all going to be OK. – I did have a few pretty challenging days, but all in all I was able to laugh when things went wrong (remind me to tell you about the time the truck wouldn’t drive in the middle of nowhere 200 miles north of the arctic circle if you see me in person sometime!).
2019 Quilting Jetgirl Income Review
All in all, I am happy with how 2019 evolved for me on a professional front. My pattern releases were well received and I was able to continue to tech edit while traveling, which meant I was able to pay for our food while we traveled this summer. Overall, my expenses for the year crept up a little bit over last year (primarily due to the mobile wifi hotspot and sending Push-Pull out to be quilted), which was not unexpected.
Beyond my quilting, 2019 was a very full year in my personal home life. Settling back in to being “home” after our big summer trip, my husband and I had some pretty large choices to make. Because having a year sabbatical was a unique opportunity for my husband, we opted to sell the truck. Although not planned, a new opportunity just opened up for my husband and he is transitioning to a new job next week. We had to find a foster home for our 17-year-old cat while we traveled and welcome him back home when we returned. We are both looking forward to a quiet and relaxing Christmas break and finding new footing in 2020.
- Host and have fun with the Push-Pull Quilt Along.
- Make a queen size version of Push-Pull to replace the deteriorating bed quilt I made as a wedding gift to my husband 16 years ago.
- Be on the crew at QuiltCon.
- Teach at QuiltCon.
- Continue to blog 1-2 times a week as content arises.
- Being online less in 2019 showed me that I was over extended in the time I spent on social media. As a result, continue to engage on social media 1-2 days a week maximum.
- Release 6+ new Quilting Jetgirl patterns and continue designing.
- Push-Pull (full pattern at the end of the quilt along for those who were not interested in participating in the QAL)
- Arctic Summer
- Tire Tracks
- Grow technical editing by continuing to explore new opportunities, especially as some businesses shrink or close.
- Traveling meant that I was not able to coordinate some teaching opportunities. Now that I am home and settled again, I am looking forward to exploring opportunities with guilds that are interested.
- Work on finishing long term WIPs.
- Finish Aurifil BOM quilt
- Finish Modern Plus Sampler QAL quilt
- Finish Splendid Sampler 2 quilt
- Have fun with other new projects!
- Specifically, participation in the Modern Design Lab has been a great source of inspiration and new projects for me.
2020 Big Picture Goals
- Remember my overarching life goal of seeking mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual balance.
- Continue to embrace the “seek rejection” philosophy.
- Be gentle with myself.
Linking up with the #2020PlanningParty.