Before setting goals for a new year, I always start by reviewing my goals for the previous year.
I am really pleased to be able to look back on 2021 and say that I met all the big goals I set for myself for the year. And we (mostly my husband, to be honest) made amazing progress on the property and house remodeling this year, the highlight of which was removing the very dangerous and disgusting ~2100 square feet of combined collapsing greenhouse and shade structure from the back of our property. That said, we were not able to complete all of the remodeling on our 512 square foot cottage that we would have liked this year (we still have the kitchen and then the flooring to tackle), so that is something we have to look forward to completing in 2022.
- Host the Bokeh Quilt Along. – Complete!
- Teach at QuiltCon Together. – Complete!
- Expand virtual teaching options to include more workshops. – Complete! After QuiltCon each year I add to my workshop offerings.
- Continue to blog 1-2 times a week as content arises. – Complete! This continues to be a good pacing for me.
- Release 6+ new Quilting Jetgirl patterns and continue designing. – Complete! I just had a few days to focus on designing and am excited to work on those new ideas moving forward in 2022.
- Pulsar – Complete!
- Arctic Summer – This design is on the back burner. It needs tweaked and thought about more.
- Sesen – This will be released after QuiltCon in 2022.
- Rock Candy (March 2020 MQG pattern, will rename prior to release) – Complete! Renamed as Fractures.
- Bokeh (full pattern at the end of the quilt along for those who were not interested in participating in the QAL) – Complete! I also had to rename this one due to another designer releasing a quilt under this name. It is now known as Aggregate Cross.
- These were not on my list, but I was able to complete this goal by releasing: Diffraction, Cathedral Star Block, Transparent Building Blocks, and the Planview Quilt Along.
- Maintain technical editing clients and grow new opportunities as time allows. – Complete! My technical editing work grew to a point that I am currently not accepting new clients. I do expect to be able to evaluate and potentially begin working with new clients again in March 2022.
- Remember to have fun and try new things! – Complete! I had the opportunity to say yes to some opportunities as they arose this year. It was nice to have the ability to do that.
2021 Quilting Jetgirl Income Review
The growth of my technical editing work and pivoting to teach online helped my income grow in 2021 as compared to 2020. Full disclosure: I don’t make a lot of money in a year, but my goal is to bring in enough income that I can pay for our health insurance. This is the first year I was able to earn enough to meet that goal. Thankfully, we have had health insurance through my husband’s employer but growing my business to a point where it would be okay for my husband to take a long sabbatical or consider a change in careers was a big goal for me.
Some notable income streams for 2021 that are new to me: writing and awards. I had a series of articles accepted to the MQG’s Modern Journal and Pulsar won an award at PIQF for Best Use of Negative Space. When I started my quilting business in 2014, I envisioned making and selling quilts. This year I made and sold one quilt on commission, which is the rarity for what I do now. It’s fascinating to continue to evolve and find what feels best to me as I continue forward.
- Host the Planview Quilt Along.
- Teach at QuiltCon 2022.
- After QuiltCon, expand virtual teaching options and begin to host my own virtual workshops outside of guilds.
- Continue to blog 1-2 times a week as content arises.
- Release 6+ new Quilting Jetgirl patterns and continue designing.
- Planview (full pattern at the end of the quilt along for those who were not interested in participating in the QAL)
- Frost Filigree
- Star Map
- Next Quilt Along
- Maintain technical editing clients and grow new opportunities as time allows.
- Take time off. Take weekends off. Some weekends I know will need to commit to teaching, but I do need to cultivate some down time so that I can come back refreshed.
- Since moving a year ago, this has been on my mind more and more. I also read And when is the shift over?, one of Seth Godin’s daily blog posts, last week which resonated.
- Remember to seek rejection, have fun, and try new things!
Linking up with the #2022PlanningParty.