New Years Goals

2014 was my first entire year out of school and I spent most of it reflecting and setting goals.  It’s been a strange transition, but I feel like I have a better idea now what I want for the future.  I’ve set up a few challenges for the New Year:

  • Take down the Christmas tree
  • Run 10 miles a week consistently
  • Read 52 books in 2015
  • Spend less time on the computer
  • Stop compulsively looking at the phone during downtime
  • Apply to at least one art show a month
  • Set aside a dedicated day of the week for making art
  • Sketch everyday
  • Take more risks
  • Worry less
  • Spend more time outside
  • Grow business further
  • Get rid of more things
  • Build (or at least seriously plan/start) a tiny house
  • Find a nice place to put said house
  • Buy some Christmas decorations next year

As a compulsive list maker I find it really rewarding to set goals so I can come back and cross a few off later.  I’ve always thought New Years was a good opportunity for self evaluation and goal setting.

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Christmas Gift Update

This Christmas was the first year in along time that I’ve had the time to make some nice presents for my family. After a trip to the local wood shop I began my first attempts at working with hardwoods. I’ve done woodworking before but it’s always been for larger items made with pine or plywood.  The three projects I made were two stands to hold a vaporizor and e-juice, and a toolbox.  I used padauk, birdseye maple and walnut.

The two stands I made were pretty challenging, as I didn’t realize just how much time it would take to drill holes in 1″ lumber with a handheld drill.  I think the project would’ve gone smoother and turned out better had I used a drill press.  This was also the first time I’ve made a project that’s only held together with glue.

The toolbox I made was quite fun. It was challenging to put together as the wood I bought turned out to be a bit warped. I bought a block plane to even out the sides of the wood, but soon realized that birdseye maple is about the hardest thing to plane.

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