Wednesday, January 9, 2013

new goals

Now that the new year is in full swing, I'm working on a new set of goals to go with it. Here's what I got so far (I'll probably be adding as I go, but for now....):

1. Learn to be proficient with my gun. Safety, marksmanship, maintenance--all aspects.

2. Participate in at least four 5k races. I'd like to run most of them if I can.

3. Learn how to make goats milk soap.

4. Make summer sausage out of our venison.

5. Take a class. For anything, really. I just need to learn some new things.

6. Sculpt something. It's been way too long since I did any 3D art.

7. Spend more time being active than I do in front of the computer. Or at least equal time.

8. Pick a Pin--at least one a month!

Let's talk about that last one first. Pinterest can be a wonderful thing. It can also be a soul-sucking, comparison-inducing, all-absorbing black hole of a time waster. I want to keep it wonderful for myself, and so I'm committing to keeping it useful.

This year I'm going to Pick a Pin for every month. Whether it's a recipe, a craft, something that inspires some new art, whatever. I'm going to pick something I've already pinned, e.g. not something new that I found today, and I'm going to cook, make, or purchase it. I don't need to spend countless hours looking at a million things I will never try, never buy, never cook. I just don't.

So here's the pin I'm picking for this month. I'm going to recreate this cake for my niece's birthday.

Maybe I'll add another one for this month later. For now I think I'll keep it simple and stress-free. What about you all? Anyone else feel the need to stop browsing and start doing? If you want to follow along, I'd love to see what you decide to make.


Anna said...

Picking a pin is such a good idea! That is the problem with pinterest, isn't it? You save all these great ideas for later and later never comes. I think I'll join you. I found this ADORABLE crochet pattern for Hobbes (of Calvin and Hobbes fame) and thought it would be a perfect gift for my boyfriend. So I'm going to make him instead of letting him languish away forever on my crochet board :)

B.A.L.|5iveArts said...

Yeessss! I started a cake decorating class yesterday and am already dreaming up the next one to sign up for.

Wendy said...

Good luck with all your goals. I personally don't feel the pressure to create what I've pinned. I pin things for me to look at later as inspiration which usually leads to something completely different. If I do want to make something specific, I then have my pinboards to check through to find how to make that thing or do that technique. I also don't find Pinterest a time suck, but I suppose that's mainly because I pin as I'm surfing the internet/blogs rather than going on Pinterest to re-pin. I DO do that, but not that often.

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

We don't usually do food coloring sprinkles, but I would totally make an exception for that simple, yet totally fun cake! Um... I think I'm pinning it. Maybe for Liam's birthday in Feb!

Jennifer R said...

Okay - so I'm with you on 1, 3, 5, 6 and 8. :) You might want to consider pinning your chicken bowtie pasta recipe - as it is YUMMO! And I'm making that for dinner tonight. MMMMmmmm just came out of the oven. Really - this love should be shared w/ the world!