In the days after Christmas leading up to the new year, I pondered what my resolutions were and I realized that I didn't want to make whimsical resolutions. What I really wanted to do was set some concrete goals for myself. The goal I kept coming back to was, to be open to the opportunities that present themselves.
So what does that really mean? Well, I can't count how many times someone has said something like, "I would totally pay you to make one of those for me" or something similar. My answer has always been more of a bashful "ah c'mom" than a decisive, "let's talk about what that would entail." My goal is to change my response and see if that actually gets people interested in a "put your money where your mouth is" kind of a way.
So we're in the third full week of January and here's how its working so far. I've already been asked to make a hat and been paid for it. The same person asked if I'd make a second one to donate for a charity auction and would I please include business cards so she could talk me up to the bidders. (To say I love this person doesn't adequately express my feelings and no, she's not a relation.) I'm also in the middle of a putting together a memory quilt for an acquaintance who is a great sewist but doesn't enjoy the random, non-traditional technique that this kind of quilt begs for, and yes, she's paying me to do it.
I'm feeling pretty good about my new approach. What are your goals moving into the new year?