31 December 2010


I don't actually make "resolutions." I think the word has negative connotations. If I call something a "resolution," I'm basically setting myself up for failure.

I make goals. The process really isn't any different, but the word "goal" just sounds better to me. 

Goal #1: Schedule a day each week to make something with the kids. Probably Monday. "Monday Make Day" has a nice ring to it. We'll do a craft or bake muffins or make dinner together. We've been lacking in the quality time department lately, and the only way to make sure we do it is to schedule it in.

Goal #2: Consumable gifts for everyone on my list this year! Well, maybe not every gift, but most gifts. Especially for adults. I like gifts to be cheery, without the burden of more stuff to find places for. What do I mean by consumable gifts? Stamps. Food. Experiences. 

Goal #3: Spend less time editing and composing (on the computer) and more time experiencing. Yes, this means you'll be seeing less of me. Not that I've been all that present here lately anyway. I've been thinking about this for a long time. I really enjoy this blog, especially interacting with all of you. But it's a lot of work. It's a big time-sucker. The camera has turned from a tool for recording moments to an invader making every moment about the blog. And pressure to post (put upon myself) adds a level of stress to my life that I just don't need. It also makes me feel uncomfortably self-centered at times. I don't like that feeling. 

I'm also temporarily breaking up with my blog reader. Sorting through hundreds of blog posts every day is hard. I do it to keep up with the fads and fashions of Craftblogland and to be a good commenter, but I need a break. Google Reader, it's not you. It's me.

(I've tried this already, and it's not going well. I have to break the addiction. And I will be keeping up with my friends' blogs, so I guess I'll modify my goal to "Using Google Reader selectively.")

How about you? Are you making goals for the new year?

Any favorite consumable gift suggestions for my shopping list?

Happy new year. May you be immersed in tender real life moments this year.


abby @ tales and trials said...


So glad to have met you in 2010! Love seeing what you are up to and hearing about your recipes and crafts.

I totally understand about google reader. I made myself cut out almost everyone that wasn't a friend. Then I added just 10-20 fun blogs I like to read for one reason or another. I have to go through and edit the blogs I read every once in a while.

Happy New Year!

Cathy said...

I love your #2. I totally agree. People don't need more stuff. They just need more chocolate covered whatevers that they can stuff their faces with. Yum!

Beck said...

I have just stumbled across your blog recently, but am so glad I did! Totally understand about the camera becoming more of a burden than a joy, and the same for the blog.
Hope we'll still see some of ya, you're neat! Take good care of you in 2011, and we'll be watchin for ya!

Genelle said...

Great post Marisa.
I've always been amazed at how much time you dedicate to your blog and the facebook page. I enjoy them both so much! But I can totally understand how they could take over! It's so hard to find the right balance.
I guess that would sum up my goal for 2011- balance. In all areas. Feels lofty to me!
BTW I love the 'Monday Make Day' idea... might have to add that to my list as well!
Good luck with your goals and happy new year to you and yours!

patricia said...

Happy new year Marisa! Great goals. I skip around my reader... it IS TOO overwhelming at times. Hope you have a great 2011!

yellowmum said...

Totally understand the blog and camera problem. That's one of my goals for this year too. We'll see how good I am at doing less. It is addictive. And I love that you call them goals, I do too! Resolutions sounds silly. Good luck!

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