|Inspirational print by yellowbuttonstudio on Etsy|
I've been stocking up on inspiration reading my favourites bloggers' resolutions posts... As lots of them have said, 5 is quite a nice number for resolutions, not too big as to not be achievable by the end of the year but challenging enough to get your teeth stuck into.
Here are mine...
I mentioned in my Getting Organised post that regular and considered blogging is one of my big focuses this year. I'm aiming for 1-2 posts per week at first, then who knows where motivation will (hopefully) take me! Plus I'll also be working on the design of my blog and growing my audience. I'm looking to do some kind of online workshop/course thingy like Blog Life from one of my fave blogging duos A Beautiful Mess to really get in the swing of things, but will also be glued to The Well and their expert tips.
2. ETSY SHOP
Silly me actually opened my shop 4 years ago now but have never worked on getting it properly sorted and stocked with lots of lovely makes! Last year I took part in the Brighton Etsy Team Mentor Month and was sooooo lucky to have the ACE designosaur as my mentors! I shall be revisiting all their crazy-good advice and continued encouragement to finally get my shop up and running once and for all! A big part of my Etsy goals this year will also be getting more involved as a Seller in the team and hopefully doing my first market!
3. BUY LOCAL
I like to think I'm already quite good at shopping locally for gifts (and lovely things for me too of course!) but I want to make 2015 the year that I consciously make the effort to shop local and independent as much as possible. I added a new button to my blog this week for the Just A Card campaign, in support of local businesses. When I'm not making my gifts this year, I'll be attempting to source them from local businesses in Brighton and Hove, or their online shops, as well as from the Brighton Etsy Team's 700+ members. For more info on how you can support the Just A Card campaign check out this post.
4. READ MORE... OF EVERYTHING!
It's no secret that I flippin' LOVE books. And pretty much anything you can read... I've got three magazine subscriptions alone! This year I'd like to read 20 books (some big, some small), catch up on actually reading more of the magazines taking over my flat, rather than just looking at the pretty pictures, get out all the lovely coffee table, craft and design books I have, and keep up with my bloglovin' list. I also want to squeeze in more commenting on my favourite blog posts and networking with bloggers/fellow crafty types!
5. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST... GET OUT AND ABOUT.
You'll often find me waffling on about how lucky I am to live in Brighton, it's genuinely one of my most favourite places in the world. So for a happier me and tons of inspiration I'll also be aiming to get out and about in the city and surrounding areas as much as possible this year. I'm a little bit embarrassed to admit that even after living here for almost 3 years, I've never ventured the short distance to Shoreham, or Worthing and I've been meaning to go to Brighton's Booth Museum FOREVER. I'm setting a goal for at least one new adventure per month.
The good news for #1 on this list is that all of my resolutions will provide me with lots of ace opportunities, ideas and inspiration for blog posts, wooooo!
I'd love to hear your resolutions for 2015 in the comments below. WE CAN DO THIS GUYSSSSS!