It’s the New Year and I’m already off to a bit of a rocky start by writing this blog post much later than expected. But better late than never, right?
Anyway, what is the one thing nearly everyone has in common when it comes to the new year? You guessed it, setting yourself resolutions, or goals as some prefer to call them – myself included. But this year, I’ve changed it up a little. Instead of just setting myself goals, I properly assessed what I hope to achieve by the end of 2018 and ensured they are not only realistic but also within reach. This was done by breaking them down into smaller goals and utilising steps within each month that will guide me in the right direction. In addition to this, if I find that any of the methods I’m using isn’t as successful as I expect, I can still quickly make a few tweaks before carrying on.
One of my goals for the year is to read more. Taking into account my previous attempts at this, I have often set a numerical target e.g. 15 books by the end of the year, then when it gets to September I’ve realised I’m well off the pace. Instead, I have looked at the reason behind setting the goal. Why have I made this something which I want to focus on? The answer is that I just want to read more. By removing the number I won’t be in any kind of rush to finish a book because really, reading is supposed to be an enjoyable experience, not a chore. So I have decided, at the beginning, I’m going to try to read at least 7 to 10 pages everyday. To me, this isn’t a great deal and won’t really take very long and as such, I should be able to comfortably get through my book without any reason or compulsion to rush.
Make your new year resolutions/goals achievable, that way you can take pride in what you do accomplish and know you haven’t failed when it comes you the end of the year.
Something I’m quite eager to do this year is work on my Etsy shop, whether it’s designing and creating new bracelets, writing more blog posts, creating new artwork, or any other ideas which come to me.
I’ve recently added a number of new bracelets which consist of more simple designs as I wanted to go with a relaxing, yoga theme. I used Natural Picasso beads and Natural Picture Stone beads as I find them to have a rather quiet vibrancy. This is the reason why I’ve chosen not to use any other types of beads with them.
The second sets added are matching bracelets. I absolutely love matching bracelets. Something for you and someone you care about. To quote my little sister, ‘it represents friendship’.
I set out my beads and looked at which ones would make a simple and classic combination. I found that I quite liked the idea of using darker beads to make a type of background which would emphasise the centre bead, so I used matte black beads. For the centre beads, a blue gemstone bead and a pink rose quartz bead were used as these colours pair beautifully and created a bold look along with the darker beads.
(I realise how many times I used the word ‘bead’ in this paragraph!!!)
After having made elastic bracelets with this design, I of course also had to make chain bracelets as not everyone is fond of elastic. Chain bracelets are delicate and are more suitable with a formal outfit. Plus, it’s a fun way to mix and match. I recently had a customer who ordered an elastic lava rock bracelet with one white agate bead in the centre and one chain bracelet of the same design which was a fabulous Christmas gift for herself and another.
It’s interesting to see the ideas of others. This has become one of the favourite things about owning my own Etsy shop.