Are you tired of hearing everyone's resolutions for the new year? I prefer thinking of them in goals-- they feel more tangible that way-- and I have my share of them for this coming year, ranging in things like running a 10 mile race this spring, getting my master's degree, listening to my records when I cook... blah, blah, blah. But more relevant to Thanks, I Made It are my goals for DIY and crafting. I thought I'd share them here with you to a) make myself more accountable to them and b) maybe inspire thoughtfulness in your own goals for DIYing.
1. Make what makes me happy. While I've always taken blogging about DIY seriously, lately it's been playing second (or third, or fourth) fiddle to other things (like work, school, and taking care of me) instead of being something I'm really passionate about. To fix that without becoming burnt out, I want to make more of what I really want, versus just what I think other people would like, because ain't nobody got time for that.
2. Buy less. I have SO. MUCH. STUFF. I don't need to go running to the craft store (or order on Etsy, in my car-less reality) every time I have a new idea. Instead, I want to use what I have, which brings me too...
3. Waste less. I think that DIY can be a great alternative to mainstream shopping habits, but when you are always buying new materials, I feel it's similar in consumption as if you bought something ready-made in the store. In the spirit of using what I have, in addition to not buying as much, I want to make do with older, recycled, or repurposed materials too.
4. Plan more, but plan less. Contradictory? Maybe. In planning more, I mean being more thoughtful about what I make, as in goal #1. But in planning less? That's making time to be spontaneous in my "studio" aka desk, letting the materials I have (#2 and 3!) inspire me.
So, what are your crafty goals? Learn a new technique? Finally finish a big project? Do tell!
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