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CraftSanity Magazine Issue 5 Feature: 2012 Bucket List

When I was in college I had a poster hanging on the wall of my office at the campus newspaper that read: “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” As a deadline woman and chronic dreamer, the poster appealed to me on many levels. I’ve always been someone who enjoys the challenge of pushing toward goals on tight deadlines, the more insane the deadline and the more people who think I can’t do it, the better I seem to do.

Be sure to check out CraftSanity Magazine Issue 5 for the link to download artist Linda Tieu's printable composition style pocket and 12 monthly goal cards. They're super fun and will help you check some goals of you list in 2012. See more of Linda's work at tortagialla.com.

Except when I fail as I have done many, many times. But the cool thing about failure is that it makes you more resilient. When you fail and the humiliation and disappointment of it doesn’t kill you, you realize you can survive failure and you become a little more of a bad*ss each time you try again. And over time the possibility of failing loses its power over you. You know you can survive failure and you’re not willing to let fear hold you back.

Surviving failure is liberating. AND it makes life’s success all the more AWESOME.

I’m telling you this because I don’t want you to let the fear of failure hold you back when you think about what you’d like to accomplish in your life. If there’s something you think you want to try, put it on your list and don’t worry about how likely you are to attain that particular goal or what the naysayers in your life think about it. That crap doesn’t matter. The point is to make a list of dreams and goals that you’d like to pursue if you could do anything you wanted with the time you have. It is important to make your dreams and goal priorities because none of us are going to live forever. Now is our time.

Ok, so now that we’re all on the same page, it’s time to start making a list of things you want to accomplish in your life. You don’t have to make the list all in one sitting. Just jot a few things down and add to it as you think of more fun adventures that you want to have. I carry little notebooks around with me so I can add to my list where ever I am.

On the first page of CraftSanity Magazine Issue 5, I encourage readers post comments about their big plans for 2012. So let’s start a mega list of goals for 2012 right here. I’ll go first to get the ball rolling.

In 2012 I would like to write a book, cross country ski for the first time ever, make fabric kites and illustrated handmade books with my daughters, rid my home of clutter, podcast regularly, publish a weekly column on my blog, train for another marathon, cook one new recipe per week, carve out time to weave on the looms I make, collaborate more with artists around the globe and the list goes on. There is more I want to do in 2012 and beyond, but there’s no need to overwhelm you with it all at once.

So how about you? What do you want to do? I invite you to start your list below.

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Comment from linda
Time: December 6, 2011, 1:13 pm

I hope my printable designs will help folks conquer their goals! Thanks for blogging about them and issue 5 looks fabulous!

I’m certain that I have too many goals to actually accomplish in a year, but I also believe that it is good to aim high! I would like to license my art, create on a more regular schedule, get into writing like starting with an ebook, organize my space and make it happy cozy, meet and mingle with local artists and achieve my financial goals for the year…to say the least :)

Comment from Daphne
Time: December 6, 2011, 1:27 pm

Thank you Jennifer, you always seem to have the right words at the right time!
I want to learn to tie flys (for fly fishing), try weaving on different/bigger looms, make more food from scratch, find time somewhere for daily quiet time, get rid of clutter and run regularly this coming year.

Comment from jennifer
Time: December 6, 2011, 1:48 pm

Thanks so much for contributing, Linda. You’re fabulous on deadline and a joy to work with. I hope 2012 is an awesome year for you!

Comment from jennifer
Time: December 6, 2011, 1:50 pm

Oh, yes, I forgot about learning to tie flies. That’s been on my list for a while, too. Let’s make 2012 the year for it. There’s a club here in West Michigan that I’ve been meaning to visit. Keep me posted on your progress, Daphne. I’d love to see the flies you tie. : )

Comment from Beth Brooke
Time: December 6, 2011, 2:25 pm

Thanks, Jennifer. Your words are inspiring. I’m actually struggling with the fear of failing this week. I’m going to try to put what you said into practice.

For 2012, I want to find balance. I want to live in the moment, not pining away or daydreaming. I want to make time for sewing, baking, long walks with my family … the things that have fallen to the wayside the past few months. I wan to be happy and to do that, I have to take action. :)

Comment from Jess
Time: December 6, 2011, 2:25 pm

I really want to learn to knit socks in 2012. I’d also like to spin the yarn to knit a sweater. I want to continue to grow my business and double the income from that business as compared to 2011. I want to carve out time each day to be PRESENT with my children instead of just in the room with them.

Comment from jennifer
Time: December 6, 2011, 3:20 pm

Good for you, Beth! You’re going to rock 2012 (and the rest of 2011, too)! Momentum is key. It takes a little bit of time to build up momentum, but once you get yourself moving in the direction you want to go, you will pick up speed and it will get easier to reach your goals. Please keep me updated on your progress. Best of luck!

Comment from jennifer
Time: December 6, 2011, 3:22 pm

Awesome, Jess. I would like to double my business income next year, too. Can it be done? Looks like we’re going to find out, eh? High five, sister! It’s go time!

Comment from Marci
Time: December 6, 2011, 5:16 pm

I have so much I want to accomplish in 2012 – here goes!

I want to destash some of my papercrafts stuff to buy one of every size of your looms and then learn how to weave on them using thrifted/upcycled materials

I want to complete the LAST class for my masters degree in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification

I want to make a rug for my daughter’s room for when she goes to college next fall

I want to completely declutter my house

I want/need to find a job :)

Thanks for the chance to share <3

Comment from Beverly
Time: December 6, 2011, 6:14 pm

You are always so inspiring! I’m going to think hard about my goals and look forward to using Linda’s goal cards! Topping my list for 2012: Bike a century; sew curtains for my studio; keep a sketch journal; re-write my MFA dissertation; write the craft book that has been on my mind for the last year. Can’t wait to get moving!

Comment from Elizabeth
Time: December 7, 2011, 9:15 am

Such cute cards & pocket! I look forward to digging into art journaling again this year. I want to knit 2 scarves, design more crochet patterns, read more actual books, get more ideas out of my head, and of course, grow the biz…there’s a lot more, but that will do for now. ;)

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Time: January 28, 2012, 8:45 pm

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