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At the end of every December I set myself goals or resolutions to stick to throughout the new year. This doesn’t always go according to plan, and 2018 was a perfect example.

In 2018, my goals were the following:

  • Focus more on my Etsy shop
  • Complete at least one tack project a month
  • Keep blogging

Out of the three, keeping up with blogging was the only one I managed to stick to.

I didn’t keep up with “one tack piece per month,” but I still made a lot of other things, mostly blankets. This year was The Year of the Blankets… I think I made around 40?

The tack pieces I did make I ended up really happy with.

Creating for Breyer was a distraction from that goal, but it was also a dream come true so I’m not complaining!

And “Focus on the Etsy shop” definitely didn’t go according to plan. 😅

With 2019 quickly approaching, I’ve been wondering about making new goals. Blog and make tack? That’s going to happen anyway, as they go hand in hand nowadays. Limit new herd members or sell to make space? 🐴 Um no… (I’m out of space but I’m ignoring it for the time being)

To be honest I don’t really want to make any specific hobby goals this year. What I do have in mind is on a more personal level… I need to work on being kinder to myself, to stop overthinking, second guessing and worrying about things that don’t need to be worried about. And, hopefully, keep telling those “you aren’t (fill in the blank) enough” lies to shut. up.

All easier said than done of course.

I do want to pause and say thank you to everyone who has been so kind, supportive and encouraging. The hobby and the community was such a huge, positive force in my life this year. ❤️

I’m really looking forward to 2019. I’ll be going to BreyerWest in March, and I finally caved and joined the Premier Club (Eberl, Scott and Vingerling? YES PLEASE) so there’s already a bunch of fun stuff to look forward to. My blog’s gotten an upgrade with it’s own domain – it only took me a decade! But it’s worth it. (on the plus side, it got rid of all the ads! I didn’t realize how obnoxious they were as they never showed up when I was logged in to WordPress…)

I have high hopes for the new year. 2019, I’m ready for you!

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A brand new year is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but 2017 went by incredibly fast. It wasn’t a bad year, but I’m finding it hard to look back or reflect on it. Perhaps that means I should just focus on looking ahead?

Every January I like to come up with a list of goals or resolutions to keep throughout the year. Actually keeping them is a different story, but I do try, and that must count for something.

Personal resolutions are well, personal, but hobby goals? Let’s see, what were they last year again…?

Last year I wanted to “strictly limit new herd members” and that turned out to be a spectacular FAIL, especially in the last few months.

“They followed me home – can I keep them??”

Managing my time better and staying on top of bookkeeping was another goal that also didn’t go according to plan. Now I have a big mess to go through before tax season, YAY! Good job, Nichelle.

However, I did make a lot of tack this year, (and made a small dent in my hardware stash!) which is always a hobby goal. A lot of the motivation for that came from participating in NMTM in April, where I put together an in-hand set for my Woodbridge resin.

That led to several bridles and halters in addition to sewn pieces like saddle pads and blankets.

I did manage to keep up with the weekly-ish blogging, put together several tutorials and started a massive barn project.

Stall in progress

So I guess the goals I managed to keep balanced out the ones I didn’t. Maybe?

Now that 2018 is almost here, I’ve been trying to come up with some new ones.

The first is to focus more on my Etsy shop. I’ve been toying with the idea of releasing some patterns + instructions for some pieces I don’t sell often, like saddlebags. Would there be any interest in that?

Another is to try and complete one tack project, like a bridle or saddle or anything involving leather, per month.

Or maybe FINISH THIS THING

And, as always, keep blogging!

What about you? Do you have any goals or hobby resolutions for the new year?

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