Etsymetal Blog Carnival - Jan. 2016 - Plans for 2016

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So this blog topic is pretty much the same as the one I posted for the other blogging group I'm in. But since it's been a couple weeks, there will be a couple of new things! 

The EtsyMetal directive: "Since we just looked back on 2015 lets look forward to 2016 and talk about what we have planned for the new year. Taking any classes, trips, goals for your business/personal life?"

I do actually have a couple of trips planned so far. I'll be going to Arizona for a few days, or maybe a week. I get to add it to my list of states! Some day I'll have all 50. Maybe by the time I'm 50! 

Another goal is to complete the yearly challenge this year that my EtsyMetal friends Victoria and Andrea set up (their blog links are listed below). In years past it has been earring a day or ring a day. There was even brooch a day which I did not even try (not a brooch person). This year is simple - "Make a Day" - every day, make something. Pretty simple right? That part is easy, but we also have to photograph and post to our facebook group every day too. I'll be posting to my Beth Cyr Arts Instagram feed for this project if you want to follow along! I'm starting off the year with learning origami and doing some zentangles. Both of which have been on my "list of things to do". I feel like this is a great opportunity to give myself a reason to do them. My first attempt at an origami something was interesting.... I used just basic printer paper in a 5 x 5, and found out the 2nd day that it was a little on the small side to be working with and not as nice as other "premade" origami paper. But, whatever, it was fun and I made it fancy with some markers I've had since I was about 10. I didn't know markers could last 25 years, but apparently these are the never ending markers. 

First origami flower during make a day 2016

And on a totally different topic, part of my new year's resolution is to not be so stressed out when I'm driving. It's kind of a problem. I don't know yet how I'm going to achieve this, but it is a goal I am going to work towards - 2016 - no longer hate everyone when I'm driving. I found myself this morning trying to just say "that's nice" to everything. I think I need to come up with a better plan... if you have any tips, feel free to toss them my way! 

As an update from my last blog post, I've signed up for the new accounting program! woohoo! First step is done. Now to set it up! I'd planned on taking this week to do it, but turns out I have a lot of jewelry I need to make. So... little bits this week and then next week in earnest. 

One last thing! I started reading The Artist's Way. So I'll be working on that for the next few months as well. It's really fabulous and I highly recommend it! 

Well, that's it for me at the moment - check in with the other participants this month!

andrea ring

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