Last week, I posted a free Summer Goals printable card (+ digital files) for your memory keeping and summer goal keeping pleasure. In an effort to get myself back into a more regular blogging schedule, I thought I’d share some of my summer goals with you today, broken down by Professional and Personal categories.
• I am working on a new class called Scrapbook Your Year, how to document your year in 30 photos a less per month and not lose your mind or motivation in the process. I know that’s a mouthful of a title, and it might change, but after completing my year-long, Project Life-ish book last year, I decided I want to show people how do this, which is mostly just letting go of the pressure to Save It All. I am in the process of recording tons of videos for the class and then will be getting everything ready to launch. My goal is to launch it on August 1. Now that I put it out there, the pressure is on, right? Part of the class will be showing you how to start with nothing but photos and beginning the process of building your month-by-month record of life, regardless of how far behind you perceive yourself to be. Me? I have not started documenting this year, ergo, I am going to show you in real time how my system works.
• I am designing a brand new set of Christmas stamps for the 2016 holiday season. A few years back, I did my first set with Studio Calico and they sold out pretty quickly. I’m going to bring those back along with the new releases and I’m very likely going to open the preorders at the end of summer. Why? I figure, if you want them and you don’t want the hassle of a frantic ‘get ’em while they’re hot’ sale in November, then I will not create a scarcity situation. I’m ordering my samples next week to make sure I love them, and then more details on the Christmas stamps will be coming.
• I’m working on new concepts for my annual scrapbook project, 30 Days of Thankful. In the past I have hosted this on my blog, and I have more recently offered it as a workshop. And right now, I’m deciding how I want to approach this project. Because I know how to make stamps now, I’m leaning towards designing a new set with the goal of the project going back to a 4 x 4 mini album. If you have any thoughts about this, I’m all ears.
• I’m working on some concepts for a new planner for Scrapbook & Cards Today. I can’t say much about it just yet, but we might add a few fun changes to it!
• I’m needing time to create an online portfolio of my work. I feel a little behind the times in this modern era and if there are ever freelance jobs outside of this lovely scrapbook world that I want to apply for, I have no way of really showing prospective employers what I know how to do. I realize this isn’t really of interest to the general memory keeping audience, but if this scrapbooking job doesn’t pan out, I need a back up plan, people.
• I am planning to teach Cole to drive. I say planning, because I have only taken Cole driving in a parking lot a few times (in Stevie, mind you, which shall not happen heretofore because his skills made me hella nervous), and let’s just say I’d like to pass this onto Dan for a bit. Cole will be 17 in July (WHAT? WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?) and truth be told, I’m not in a hurry for the increased insurance premiums or the increased worry. Plus, it’s not like he has a car at his disposal. Hell, Aidan didn’t get her license until she was 19. But still… it’s on the list of Summer Goals.
• We are planning to re-stain our lovely deck. I say we but I really mean Dan. But once “we” get this job done, I plan to turn my deck into a magical effing fairy land of magic. (Okay, I bought some string lights from Costco last summer and will find a way to put them up.)
• I would like to take some time off but I’m not sure if that’s in the cards. I hear it’s good for you.
• I would like to go up to our family cabin on a quiet weekend this summer.
• I would like to eat dinner at Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge because they serve the finest tater tots in all the land.
• I would like to give more to charity and spend less on stuff I don’t need.
• I would like to continue trying to be a better person and giving as much as I can to my family and to myself.
• I would also like to refrain from ever doing peace-sign selfies in the future. I mean, I’m a hip 50 year old, but that’s simply not necessary.
So those are a few of my summer goals. If you have any you feel compelled to share, or any other comments, by all means, do.