As this month draws to a close and we enter the final month of the year, I am taking stock of the last 11 months and what they held. The highs and lows. I have a couple assignments to wrap up in December, and some early 2019 bookings, so will have to make the best of the pause in between to sketch out some plans and timelines. It feels as if I just did this for 2018, the year went by so quickly. I am thinking a bonfire will be a good way to celebrate the quiet time just before Christmas, to clear out all the accumulated papers and brush we cut back in the summer. It will be a fitting end to the year and a good way to start fresh for 2019.
Joe got out with the guys tonight for some much needed time around men, where there were old jokes, wild exaggerations and general merriment. I had several options open to me after dropping him off.
- Clean- nope not gonna do it
- Decorate- I did get the candles in the window, but having no spinnet did no carols!
- Watch tv- again nope, too wasteful of the precious free time
- Create some new pieces for the site- tempting, but not it, though a good option
Instead I opted to get started on my 2017 plans, dreams and goals, and do my wrap up of 2016. I sprung and got myself Lisa Jacobs’ goal planner. I am on her email list and even if I can’t work the sales funnel, (because I don’t seen to have the funnel) I like the idea I might one day have one I can optimize! So I spent 1 & 1/2 hours delving into the first set of questions and pages. Did I learn anything? Yes I did. I did not reach the income goals section yet, and I am leery of it as I don’t see the “name the goal” = “reach the goal” connection. The whole “build it and they will come” doesn’t seem plausible to me. Plus, though a six-figure income would be cool, that isn’t quite how I define success. Which tends to leave me out of the clique of “sell-sell-sell, grow-grow-grow” entrepreneurs. I fall into the Robert Lawson / Rabbit Hill mindset of “There is enough for all.”
I like when I find little vignettes like these that seem to really capture a mood or feel of activity. The 2 weekend open studios are over, hindered by yesterday’s snow. But still successful, as I was able to sell 9 items which is always a good result. Now it is time to work out the next step of plans as the 31st draws closer. Not sure exactly where the 12 months have gone, it seems like only half that amount of time should have passed. Yet it has, and I need to sharpen my pencil, grab some paper and get some guidelines drawn up for what goals I have for (gulp) 2014. This will call for much mulling, researching, some flights of fancy and daydreaming while trying to have a bit of reality thrown in. And probably a fair amount of tea or hot cocoa! All in all, I am looking forward to this as I love to plan things even if nothing concrete comes from them. I am ready to tackle it.