New Year’s Resolutions are dumb.

31 Dec

I have never bought into the idea of New Year’s Resolutions.  I believe if you want to change something in your life, just do it.  Don’t wait for the start of a new year.  Don’t wait for anything.  Decide.  Change.  Live.

But this year, I think I kind of get it.  My design schedule allowed for a small lull in craziness at the end of the year, which gave me time to stop, think, reevaluate, reorganize, etc. This might be the first time in my adult-ish life I’ve actually had a chance to look back over my year and make educated decisions about what I could do to make next year better.  It’s empowering.  It makes me feel optimistic about the future.  I get it.

2012 Theme was CONTROL   (aka: I do what I want.)

It’s time to figure out what 2013 should be all about and plan for it. I didn’t really consciously decide the theme of 2012, but it was clearly about control. And getting prepared.


This past year I worked on gaining control of my life and business.  I was choosier about what projects I took on.  This means I finally learned how to say “No.”   Aside from some temp gigs here and there, I left all of my part-time jobs and gained control of my schedule. I finally realized that “I AM IN CHARGE.”  I am in charge of my business, so I can run it however I want. I AM SO EMPOWERED!

I spent alot of time and money this year gathering skills and equipment that will help my business grow.  I started to master pattern grading, which is so ESSENTIAL for what I want to do.  I did a ton of simple photo editing projects to amp up my skills and get faster. I bought a new-to-me vintage domestic sewing machine AND an industrial machine.  I started buying essential supplies in bulk.  Spending a good chunk of the year learning new skills and sourcing supplies means my energy was definitely divided and I suffered a sales slump. It was hard justifying spending all that money when I have had a slow sales year, but I took all these steps to be PREPARED.  Now that I am slightly more prepared and in control than I was at the start of the year (because who can really claim that they are 100% prepared and in control), I need to learn how to work with efficiency.


Fact: I need to more efficient.  I’m suuuuuuper detail-oriented and a hyper-perfectionist, so I work slower than I’d like.  As much as I try, I can’t be less of a perfectionist.  I have to learn other ways to become faster.  A faster sewing machine?  Check.  Abstaining from projects that don’t offer learning opportunities, profit or fun? Check.

One of the other ideas I plan to try out this year is making things in multiple quantities.  I LOVE making totally one-of-a-kind garments and accessories, but that means I spend a lot of time figuring out all the hard parts of the patterning, construction, sourcing, detail work, etc, and I NEVER use all that knowledge I just gained for that particular project again.  I’d love to be able to offer the same magnificent hat/jacket/neckpiece to a few buyers, instead of just ONE.  At first I wasn’t excited to try this out because one-of-a-kind is so alluring to me, but I’m actually really pumped. Really, really pumped.

2013:  BRING.  IT.  ON.


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One response to “New Year’s Resolutions are dumb.

  1. Metallic Dapper

    01.03.13 at 5:11 pm

    Love this Audi!



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