new year

With the start of the new year, I’ve been thinking a lot about resolutions, goals, or whatever you want to call them.  The main change I want to make with 2014 is to let go.

Letting go is a pretty open ended goal without a quantifiable way to track, but I think it will help me in other aspects of life and business.

A few things I’m letting go of…

  • Big ideas that I don’t have the time, energy, or money to hold on to anymore.  This one might be the hardest..  I’ve had a very specific idea for a long time of what I wanted Made and make:Tulsa to be.  I have big ideas for things, and sometimes they just aren’t practical.  It bums me out a great deal to recognize that this place I wanted to create just isn’t going to happen, but I need to let go of the dream and focus on what my retail space and weather&noise are evolving into and just roll with that.
  • Critiquing myself based on other people’s successes – I think it will help me develop as a a designer and artist to stop focusing on what other similar businesses are doing, both right and what they are doing wrong.  Rather than trying to emulate other people’s successes in my own businesses, I want to just let things happen organically.  Also part of this, I want to make things that I like and I hope that people like them too.  I don’t want to create something based on a trend or with the idea that it will be “sellable”, I want to create things that I find beautiful and that reflect my aesthetic.  And I hope that people will buy them.
  • Past friendships that have ended in hurt – I’m not going to get caught up in letting them hurt anymore and I’m not going to keep my guard up so much this year.  Because, generally, people are good.  I’ve been fiercely protecting my feelings and not been very trusting of anyone these days and that’s just silly.
  • I am going to let go of thinking about where I thought my life would be when I was at this age.  I never did this until I turned 30, and I don’t really remember ever setting a timeline of life moments, but now I feel like I’m constantly worried that I’m failing at one or a handful of them.  Yes, I’m 31 and will just be finishing my degree this year.  I don’t have children yet.  It’s not exactly how I had it pictured all along, but there have been lots of accomplishments that I never could have planned for either.  Balance.

Did you make any new goals with the start of 2014?



What a great holiday season it was, but I sure am happy and relieved that it’s now January and things are getting back to normal.

We spent Christmas in Houston for a week.  We had a pretty good trip this year and had a blast with our 6 year old nephew and the rest of the inlaws.  Of course the trip to Houston wouldn’t be complete without a trip to ikea for a stack of fabric. 

This year I am particularly grateful for family and everything that makes us so lucky.  I tend to be such a worrier – about everything really!  I’m constantly thinking about everything that could go wrong at any given time – and that’s something I’m going to work on with the new year.  Rather than worrying, I’m going to be grateful for what is going right, and just try to enjoy things one day at a time, rather than obsessing about things I cannot change.

And speaking of grateful, I got some lovely gifts this year.  First and foremost, I got the JCrew Juliet shoes that I’ve been hinting at the husband about with not so subtle emails to ebay auctions.

I also got a stash of books that should keep me entertained and inspired. 

And then a some other lovelies that I had on my (mostly monochromatic) wishlist..

Oh – and a gift from our 6 year old nephew, a pair of little frogs.. it made for an interesting 8 hour drive home, but the little guys made it home to Tulsa safely and are now living in our kitchen. 

I have some pretty exciting plans for 2011 that I look forward to unveiling right here on my blog.

First up, I’m going to be creating one new tea towel/pillow design each month during 2011!  I have ideas sketched out for the first few months and will be working away at them on my time off from school (3 more weeks!).  I also plan to create more fine art pieces this year.  Last January I pretty much lost all focus and didn’t get it back until August-ish.  I’m hoping to not repeat my mini-breakdown again this spring and instead be productive and thankful.  Not anxious and sad.  Here’s to that!

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