New year, new resolutions
I loved having resolutions last year. They forced me to really think about what I wanted and to focus on achieving those goals. So, I was surprised that I had a harder time coming up with goals this year. I started thinking of my resolutions at the beginning of December. I came up with two easily. I ruled out quite a few more.
I know that I want to continue making silver beads. But, I don’t want to make any resolutions around that this year. I’m still figuring out what I can and can’t do with metal clay, so my ideas change as I try things. I’m not quite at the point of trying to carve designs into wax (plus, right now I prefer the almost instant gratification of the metal clay :D) but that might be a goal in the future.
I have a few combinations that I’m trying to finish. One design is my zombie bracelet. Another is my bird feeder bracelet. But, I can’t predict when the right beads will appear, so I can’t set a timeline for finishing them. I’m happier keeping my eyes open for beads that work, rather than trying to force something to meet an arbitrary date.
Most ideas that I came up with I ruled out or didn’t feel strongly enough about. So, in no particular order, here are my goals for the first half of 2015:
1. Buy another Trollbeads bangle
I’ve been thinking about getting a second Trollbeads bangle for a while, but the cost has put me off. It’s easier to buy two or three beads that I don’t have rather than a second of something that I already have. My current bangle gets so much use, and I often have more than one mini combination ready at any given time, so I think it’s time for me to take the plunge and buy a second.
I have a flex bangle, but it doesn’t fit as well as my Trollbeads bangle. Even worse, the flexible arms sometimes get caught on something and the bangle – and my beads – fly off! Thankfully I’ve always found it and nothing has ever been damaged, but I did have to crawl partway under a car one time to retrieve it!
I’m tempted by the Ohm bangle, but don’t have a local dealer to try one on to make sure that it fits the way that I want it to. And, I don’t know if it would fit my Trollbeads. I know that it would be an improvement over the flex bangle since the ends secure together, but I’ve also already struck out with one bangle. So, while that might be a goal in a future, for now I’m focusing on what I know I like and what works for me.
2. Buy another Faerybead
I have the Carrying a Child Under Your Heart Faerybead and love the detail in it. And every time Faerybeads do a new release, I ooh and aah over the beads. I’ve had several on my wish list for quite a while. But, it’s another item where the cost has kept me from buying a second. Don’t get me wrong, I completely think that they’re worth the cost, but – much like the German Clover and Viking Knot – other things just keep coming up and eating away at my budget for them. So, much like I did with the Viking Knot, I’m going to make it a priority. Not quite to the point of buying nothing until I get one, but at least putting aside a bit of money regularly to save up for one! Since I do have several on my wishlist, I’m still considering which one I want to spring for first. But whichever it is, I’m positive it will be worth it.
That’s it. Just two goals for the first half of the year. I haven’t ruled out adding another if I come up with one. But, as I mentioned above, I don’t want to have a resolution for the sake of having a resolution.
Anyone else out there taking a stab at resolutions (bead or otherwise) for the year? Care to share yours? :)