September is already reaching it's end. We're drawing ever-closer to the 'C' word (erm, 'Christmas' if that wasn't clear) and I'm realising that I haven't taken the time to go back and review the goals I set myself right at the very beginning of this year.
I have been struggling with one or two of them, so I thought it was about time to go and have a proper look at them. Here's the link if you want to look too! So, let's not beat about the bush:
WELP, this one was easy enough! Not including an internship I did with Hallmark a few weeks ago, virtually all I have done is work for myself. I'm still living at home and Christmas will without a doubt be on a budget this year, but I'm slowly climbing that mountain. I think we can give this one a little 'tick'.
I don't have as many designs as I would like - this is purely due to a limit to my funds, not ideas! If I had loads of cash to put behind this goal, I would have a shop full of bee-themed everything. Sadly, not-being-a-millionaire has it's drawbacks. I am however working on a few Christmas-specific designs (launching soon!) and some little extra touches that will make some of my existing products even more gift-able, so I've certainly made some headway with that goal.
Much to delight, only a few days ago I got the confirmation emails for both Crafty Fox Market in Peckham, and Renegade Craft Fair in Brick Lane this year! I'm absolutely delighted to have hit this goal right at the last minute. I'm also at a wonderful fair in Notts, so I better get round to updating my Events Page!
I also addressed some personal goals, so let's take a quick look at them too (if you fancy a good laugh....)
I read one of the ones on my original list,, and managed to get through a fiction book, but otherwise I've not made a huge amount of progress with this goal. I've not dedicated much time to this goal - I know a lot of it is down to not making the time for reading (staring blankly at social media instead) but there's still time to save this one!
Ha! I clearly underestimated how poor I would be post-uni. My main concern was not having to take all the Christmas Gifts I had bought home on the train (never. again.) but seeing as I'm home now, virtually all of the time, I guess I don't have to worry about it. I still would really like to be able to drive, especially for craft fairs and things, but 2016 is not that year.
Oh, poor, naive, pre-graduate me. I'm chipping away at it, but no, this will not be happening before Christmas.
This one I can actually tick off! Knowing i'd be moving out of my student house one way or the other, I started packing up and kon-mari-ing everything I owned. It forced me to go throught literally everything as all of my posessions were in that student house, and well, it all had to go into a box.
Overall, I think I've done the best with what I have. I've learned that I was wildly over-optimistic where *finances* are concerned, but I'm proud of myself for sticking to my guns and following my dreeeaaaamms. And, also, very proud of my parents who are the main enablers behind that dream-following.
For the next few months, I want to dedicate more time to my reading goal, keep chipping away at the business goals, and let go of the 'adulting' goals for this year, at least.