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2024 Goal Setting

Before setting goals for a new year, I always start by reviewing my goals for the previous year.

2023 Goals

Star Pulse - Single Background Throw (60" x 72")

Star Pulse

2023 Business Goals

  1. Host the Diatom Quilt Along. – Complete!
    1. Come up with a plan for the 2023-2024 Quilt Along Complete! More details can be found on the Star Pulse Quilt Along page.
  2. Continue to blog 1-2 times a week as content arises. – So far, I’ve published 123 posts (including this one) which is actually an average of ~2.4 posts a week, even though I took two weeks off of blogging in early July to recharge a bit.
  3. Release new Quilting Jetgirl patterns and continue designing. I don’t want to put a number on my goal for next year, but I certainly have a few patterns at the top of my list that I know I will want to work on.

    1. Garden Peony – Released
    2. Night Garden – Released
      1. Space Arcade Bonus Quilt – Released
      2. Congruence Bonus Quilt – Released
    3. Cloudy Night Sky Released
    4. Dripping Stars Released
    5. Signal Trace Released
    6. Candy Heart Love Block Released
    7. Next Quilt Along Star Pulse Released
  4. Maintain technical editing clients and grow new opportunities as time allows.  2023 had ups and downs for me as a technical editor. In general, I am noticing that some people are struggling with healthy, professional, timely interpersonal communication. It adds an additional overhead burden on my workflow. It seems like a bit of a trend that I don’t know how to work with.
  5. Continue to explore the balance of time in the studio and my need to take time off and creatively recharge. At the very least, I’d like to join my local library and start reading books again. – I am reading about 2 books a month, and it is a delightful way to wind down in the evenings and on weekends!
  6. Remember to seek rejection, have fun, and try new things! – I started participating in Project Quilting and I had such a great time! So much so, that I added a new goal in Q2 (see #7 below). I partnered with Sarah Ruiz to create an on demand Quilt Pattern Technical Editing panel discussion. I also partnered with Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs for something new that we introduced in Q4: Curated Pattern Bundles.
  7. Added in Q2: Create at least 1 “fun” or just because quilt each quarter. Participating in the Project Quilting prompts at the beginning of this year infused me with a creative spark. I especially enjoyed the 1 week timeline of each challenge. – This was a fabulous addition to my list and I plan to continue it in 2024!

    1. Q2 – Sunrise Sherbet
    2. Q3 – Signal Trace
    3. Q4 – Irish Autumn

2023 Life Goals

  1. Get back into a regular rhythm with doctor’s appointments. The past few years I have been good about my mammograms (I’m on a 6-month schedule) and COVID shots and boosters, but this year I want to get back to taking care of everything else. Specifically, I need to schedule a visit with an optometrist and dentist. Due to an injury as a teenager, it will also be good to find and maintain a regular appointment schedule with a chiropractor to keep me as pain free as possible. – I am now seeing a local chiropractor on a weekly basis, and although it took until December 6th, I am finally up to date on everything (updated COVID shots, vaccines, and all)!
  2. Maintain a regular exercise schedule. I’ll be participating in a 30 day yoga practice in January. I also like to incorporate strength training via Sydney Houdyshell, take daily walks with my husband, and go on weekly walks with my good friend Traci. – Walking was very consistent for me throughout the year; I actually usually get outside for a walk twice, and sometimes three times, a day. I changed chiropractors a few months ago, and I am finally feeling better in my body and able to sustain a home workout practice again. Hooray!
  3. Give myself grace and lean into patience. – Life does like to throw curve balls. I’m thankful for a well established meditation routine that has helped me through several rough patches recently.
    1. While running my business is important, my husband is starting his own venture into self-employment which has an interesting yin-yang relationship with my time. We will need to travel to support his work, and I look forward to seeing him continue to grow and flourish. – Just like it took me YEARS to figure out what making money in the quilting industry looked like for me, he’s going to need time to find his footing. But it’s been a joy seeing him rest, recover, make new connections and friendships, and find more peace in his daily activities.

2023 Quilting Jetgirl Income Review

I met my general goal of earning enough income to pay for health insurance for my husband and I. I do really enjoy writing articles to earn income, but I did not pursue that in 2023 (the one payment I received was a delayed 2022 payment). Next year, I would like to pursue more writing opportunities. I sold one quilt in 2023, which seems to be about on trend for me.

Perhaps one of the reasons that I am thinking so much about the technical editing portion of my business is that it has become by far the largest percentage of my income, and therefore, where I spend the largest amount of time and effort. The last week of the year, my business is closed for year end bookkeeping, and I will use the time to review and evaluate what a better path forward for me in 2024 might look like.

2024 Goals

Frost Filigree

Frost Filigree – Concept Illustration

2024 Business Goals

  1. Host the Star Pulse Quilt Along.
  2. Continue to blog as content arises. I am not going to set a content goal for 2024. My husband and I are hoping to travel again in the summer/fall (?? TBD), and I would like to be able to unplug more during that trip.
    1. Share new tips and tutorials as content arises. This is a subset of my blogging goals, and is something that I do think about, so it’s worth noting it as a goal.
    2. Host the Favorite Finishes Monthly Linkup.
    3. Host quarterly check-ins so we can continuously review and evaluate our goals throughout the year.
  3. Release new Quilting Jetgirl patterns and continue designing. I don’t want to put a number on my goal for next year, but I certainly have a few patterns at the top of my list that I know I will want to work on.
    1. Scala (details about this quilt coming soon!)
    2. Sequenced (Sesen bonus quilt, release as stand alone pattern)
    3. Bonus Bouquet (Pistils & Pollen bonus quilt, release as stand alone pattern)
    4. Frost Filigree
    5. Next Quilt Along
  4. Host another 1-2 Curated Pattern Bundles.
  5. Re-evaluate current technical editing clients and work/life balance.
  6. Make 1 “just for fun” quilt each quarter.
  7. Remember to seek rejection, have fun, and try new things!
    1. Look for more paid writing opportunities.

2024 Life Goals

Travel Vehicle for 2024

Travel Vehicle for 2024 @wabi_sabi_overland

  1. Stay current and keep regular yearly doctor’s appointments.
  2. Maintain a regular meditation and exercise schedule.
    1. I like to use the Calm app for its daily meditation, and I aim to meditate at least a few days each week.
    2. I’ll be participating in a 30 day yoga practice in January.
    3. I also like to incorporate strength training via Sydney Houdyshell, take daily walks with my husband, and go on weekly walks with my good friend Traci.
    4. I’ve also been enjoying a daily plank practice with support of friends via Instagram, and hopefully that support and practice will continue into 2024.
  3. Continue to enjoy reading at least 1-2 books a month.
  4. Give myself grace and lean into patience.
    1. Given that my husband and I plan to travel next year, I need to realize that means that things will look and feel different throughout the year, and that is by intention and will be okay.

Linking up with the #2024QuiltingPlanningParty.

18 thoughts on “2024 Goal Setting

  1. Kate says:

    You did a great job of addressing all your 2023 goals. I like the deliberate consideration of balance in both sets of your ambitions for 2024. Your tip for making flying geese was very useful when making the Diatom blocks and for Cheryl’s Malted Mystery quilt along. Good luck to your husband as he forges his own path. Wishing you a very successful 2024.

  2. Congratulations on a great year and goals for the coming year. I like the way you have your personal and business goals well outlined. It continues to surprise me how hard appointments are to make for personal things; hoping that shifts a bit soon in our society. I like that you are leaving your goals open to adjust for your husband’s work and the support you give him in his new project. Cheers to 2023 and a welcome to 2024!

  3. Joanne H says:

    This is a wonderful post! I have to admit that my proper goal setting and review process has been lacking for the past couple of years. I’ve written down a few of the goals and said others out loud to my husband; but…that has proven to be most ineffective and provides for very little accountability. I like how you’ve outlined your goals and include both business and personal. I often focus on the business side of things and set aside the personal, which is seriously not good. Working to achieve a good balance between those two is top of my list for 2024. Thank you for this post and providing a gently push and reminder of how important and helpful goal setting can be. Happy New Year!

  4. Hi Yvonne, this was great share, and I think a true insight into the results of letting go of a technical career to pursue a different passion. I’ve been explaining it to people this way, “Well, quilting is about math, logic, scissors and fabric, and my brain lives to solve problems, which quilting provides a lot of…” Some day I’ll live up to my user name. 🙂

  5. aquilterstable says:

    Again, inspired with your thoughtfulness around your daily practices and planning for 2024. I certainly do hope you and hubby are able to travel as you hope! And I wish you well in evaluating the tech editing/income stream for the coming year.

  6. patty says:

    Congratulations on a wonderful 2023 full of accomplishments and all my best wishes for a great 2024!

  7. js_quilts says:

    I’m grateful you shared this reflection—you’ve inspired me to think about the quilt goals I have for the year rather than getting swept up in who I want to make something for next and what they want. I care about that, of course, but I want to move on from craft to pushing my creativity. Setting specific goals will help.

  8. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting says:

    A very thorough review and forward looking vision, Yvonne!!! Your Frost Filigree concept is gorgeous. I’m looking forward to your hosting the Favorite Finishes link party!!! Best wishes for your husband’s business and your travels!!!

  9. Sandra Walker says:

    Although I’ve gotten out of publishing my goals and reflecting upon them, I still do have goals though they’re a bit more nebulous as I (cough) age. As you know I’m a huge proponent of the Daily Calm app and use more than just the meditation feature within it. You did very well with pattern publishing this year!I also found your breakdown of income very interesting and thank you for sharing that analysis.

  10. Marie Dranttel says:

    thank you for sharing … I can so relate to the “healthy, professional, timely interpersonal communication” issues .. the world is nuts .. everything seems to be late minute and a hurry up mentality .. I’ve learned to set and hopefully, keep boundaries — it is hard. Happy Holidays

  11. Elizabeth E. says:

    Well, you are wonderful in outlining your various goals, categories and providing reasons why these have become your best practices. It’s inspiring, for sure! I especially like the last line: “Give myself grace and lean into patience” which could be a mantra for all of us. I have found some of my goal charting from earlier years, and it’s been fun to see what was important to me at that time. Your document — I hope — will also be a record for you!

  12. Congratulations on your success with your 2023 goals, and good luck with the 2024 ones, Yvonne! I really love how you incorporate mindset into your goals, with things like seeking rejection, giving yourself grace, and especially leaning into patience.

  13. Karin says:

    I love how honest and thorough you are in your goals! Congratulations on your 2023 successes and I look forward to seeing how you do with your 2024 goals as well!

  14. Cindy Wiens says:

    This was such a fascinating post to read. You have well-delineated goals. As I have started clearning/organizing my sewing room for the new year, I am trying to be intentional and realistic about what I want to achieve in 2024.

  15. Sarah Goer says:

    I appreciate how detailed and specific your goals are.

  16. Your mention of the yin-yang relationship with your time struck a cord with me. I’ve been developing my own sort-of quilting biz here at home which definitely has me struggling with time, priorities etc. First of all, I’m pretty much not-for-profit you could say –essentially aiming to cover cost and donating the excess–and that alone creates issues. I want to treat it like a full business to be successful at it but in truth, I don’t need to let it stress me. And when it comes to my husband (and family–tho they are all grown and out of the house), it’s even more difficult for me to say “no” in just about all of the areas. I wish you the best of luck working that out with your husband! Maybe you can share some tips, things that work or don’t work etc, here because it really is a struggle!

  17. Andrée says:

    Thanks so much Yvonne for hosting this great party. It looks like you had a good year in 2023. I hope that 2024 is a great one too! All the best.

  18. Melanie says:

    Did I read it wrong? But to me it sounds like you accomplished ALL your goals! Huge congrats *throws confetti* I wish you all the best for your 2024. Especially with finding a new footing in your tech editing. I am not sure I am following what is currently “off” but I hate it when something is rubbing you wrong and I hope you can find a way to make it more fullfilling for you. All the best also to your husband. I am already excited to read about your travels – at least I hope you will share. I always love your adventures! xo

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)