The New Year always starts me thinking.
It’s an arbitrary refresh on a cycle of time measurement that we made up, but something about it still feels powerful. It’s a chance to start fresh, try again, shake off the previous year and do something different.
Creating a long list of things we want to do and do better with the new year is really easy. Writing things down and following through on them can be much more difficult. I’m sitting down today to write down 5 concrete goals that I am going to try to adhere to in my Making for the duration of this year:
1. Make Things That Make Me Happy
I jumped right into making things for other people when I was in college. Everything I made was for a con on a deadline or for someone else. I didn’t really take the time to make things just for me, like I did when I was a kid. This year, my whole focus is on making things for fun, because I want to, and because I want to learn and hone my craft!
2. Make 1 BIG Awesome Costume
I’ve always admired people like Egg sisters Cosplay who do GIANT amazing costumes. Year after year I’ve dreamed of making something that makes people gasp in amazement and feel a burst of awe and inspiration. THIS year, I’m going to accomplish that goal! I’m not sure what I’m going to make just yet, but I know it will be really cool, really hard, and really fun. Do you have a fun idea? Let me know!
3. Commit to a small list of costumes and complete them
I’m very fickle. My list of extremely desirable cosplays changes daily, so it’s always been really hard for me to make the things I say I’m going to make. There are just so many enticing things out there! So this year I’m going to settle on a SMALL number of costumes – say 2 or 3 – and COMMIT! (The big scary word!) I want to prove to myself that I can set goals and meet them, and finally make some things I’ve been wanting to make for a long time.
4. Film a small video of each costume I make to cut together a year-end compilation
I had this idea just the other day and it was one of those ideas where I thought “Oh this would be so cool! I’ll probably never do it.” Then I put my foot down. This is what resolutions are all about, dammit! I don’t make very many costumes per year (yet!) so it shouldn’t be that hard to grab a quick phone video at a con or get a friend to help me grab a good clip of each costume. It also doesn’t have to be crazy professional looking, which brings us to my last goal this year:
5. Be bold and jump in. Don’t wait until things are “ready.”
This has been something that has prevented me from doing the most things in my life, I think. There’s always more prep to do. There’s always something else that needs to happen before I can get official and call something ready to go. This blog is a perfect example. When I started putting it together yesterday, I was so excited and ready to write and share with everyone! Then as I was looking through all these beautiful themes with big images and fancy content, I thought “oh no, I can’t launch it yet. I need images and an organizational structure and categories and….” The list went on and on. Then I realized – I can either just jump in and start doing what I really want to do: write and share with all of you and fancy it up as I go – or I could wait and probably never get around to launching this blog at all. I chose the former, and my biggest goal this year is to make that same choice with everything I make in 2019. Get an idea and go! Figure out what you need as it comes up.
If any of these goals feel like something you want to accomplish too, join me in pursuing them! What are some of your Maker resolutions this year?