That was a good break. I enjoyed some time to myself and time with family/friends. I’m glad that I was able to take the time off especially because I ended up doing a lot more art projects than I had anticipated. I got everything done on time but it ended up being more than I probably should have agreed to. Oh well! I made it thru and everyone was happy with the finished products!
I thought about this blog a lot though. No joke, driving home from work, having conversations with friends, or just hanging out with family would make me think “This topic would be a great post!” And most Saturdays I would have this moment of panic at some point during the day that I needed to write before I would realize I didn’t have to. I took it as a sign that I am just as excited as ever to get back into this!
So. New year, new resolutions! I know my last resolutions didn’t end perfectly but that’s okay. I’m excited to begin new ones. Even though I wasn’t on track for everything last year I felt very good about at least having a track to be on. I knew the direction I wanted to be heading in and whether I was moving or not, I was at least pointed there.
This year I want to do some Bible memorization. I didn’t even start last year but it was very much in the forefront of my mind a lot. I don’t want to give up on it. I’m going to keep working on Romans but this year I’m not going to make a specific goal right away. I know I should but I want to try getting into a rhythm more than I want to have a certain amount completed by December. So for now I want to have chapter one quotable by the end of January. It’s all review so it should be very manageable for me. I will try to keep up on smaller memorization goals instead of one big one.
I need to buy my own car. I’ve been using my parents’ for over a year (they have been VERY gracious about it and, in turn, I’ve been paying for most of the repairs). But it’s got quite a few miles on it and is starting to have larger problems. I don’t expect it to die tomorrow but my mechanic and I are hoping to coax it through to next winter. I’m not making a resolution to buy a car this year because my parents and I have already decided that I will likely be driving this one into the ground. As long as it turns on and moves me from point A to point B, I will be driving it. Which is good because I will have some time to save up for getting my own vehicle.
Which brings me to the actual resolution which is to make some extra money this year by selling some art. I’ve got a friend who has really been pushing me to expand my creativity into the actual art market (not fine art or anything super fancy, mostly fandom stuff). So we’re going to try it. I’m going to make a very modest goal of selling 6 pieces throughout the whole year. If that happens then it’ll be a nice bit of extra income to put towards a car and other things I want to do.
My final resolution (because I have to have three every year apparently) is to get organized! I want to organize my room, a space for working on art, get my Pop! Figures displayed somewhere, get craft stuff put together in one place, etc. I’m a relatively messy person to begin with but I do love to organize things. Getting rid of a lot of books and clothes last year was a really good decision because it’s freed up some living space for me to start actually using!
Also this year I REALLY want to go back to the Michigan Renaissance Festival. I know there are festivals closer to me but I’ve got a special place in my heart for the MI one. It’s the first one I ever went to and I got to spend time with some very good friends in the process! I’d love to make the trek again this summer but it’s going to depend on money and who else can go with me. I’ve got two friends and one sister on board to go which is fabulous! Money is a bigger problem though. I can’t sacrifice saving for a car or paying loans to do this so I’ve got to figure out a really solid budget for the next few months.
Also this year I want to see my best friend at least once and I’d really love to be able to visit with a friend from lower Michigan too.
Also this year I want to visit my cousin in Chicago because she’s been trying to get me to visit for over a year and I keep having to push it back because of money and car problems.
*Takes deep breath and claps hands together*
Well, if I want all this to happen I’m really going to need to bust my butt to get it done! I am actually really excited for 2018 and what God has planned for me! But whatever is in store, I know He’s got me and I know I have people around me who love and care about me. Thank you so much for starting this new year with me! I appreciate you being here and taking the time to read my ramblings! Praying all will be good in 2018!