Hello quilty friends!
A couple of weeks ago, my friend Yvonne over at Quilting Jetgirl posted an insightful review of 2015 and listed her goals and plans for the coming year. She then created a linky party and challenged us to write a planning post of our own.
I have some great plans for this coming year, but first-
The Big Announcement!
That’s right, friends! Laurel and Pine Design Studio is officially changing names to Laurel, Poppy and Pine.
As I looked at my business and the way I wanted my brand to grow, I realized this was a change I both needed and wanted to make.
To me, each part of the name represents a personality trait that I want to see reflected in my work.
Culture and Sophistication
Whimsy and a Child-like spirit
Risk-taking and a strong sense of Adventure
I’m so excited to see where this new brand takes me!
Which brings me to my plans for 2016. While planning this year, I first wrote down some guiding goals. These are the things I most want out of my budding career for this year. There are so many things to do in the wide world, it can be a bit overwhelming wanting to ‘do it all’.
But if you know what your vision is, then you know what to say no to. Conversely, you also know when to say a resounding “Yes!”
Let me just say before we start that I’m usually not one to show my cards like this. I like to make grand plans and then keep them to myself until I know everything will work out. I’m not a big fan of failing when the spotlight is on me! But I think that by putting my goals out publicly, I’m helping you know what to expect from me and hopefully I’ll stay accountable to those goals because I know you’re watching.
Thank you Yvonne, for encouraging me to be a bit vulnerable and to put my intentions out into the world.
So- here we go!
Goal 1- Become a Color Theory Guru
So much of what I love about quilting and art in general is because of color. I spent a lot of time in 2015 learning color theory both through books and hands-on experience. I want to add to that knowledge, spend time teaching what I know to others, and apply all that fun learning to actual projects as much as possible.
Goal 2- Make My Website a Resource
Up til now, my blog has been mostly about my quilting experiences with some helpful information mixed in here and there. My goal is to transition the blog to be a resource for my fellow quilters. On a practical level, that means pages with color theory help, tutorials and free quilt patterns.
Goal 3- The Book
That’s right, THE BOOK, as I’ve been referring to it in my mind, has been percolating for a while. Now, I have no idea the first thing about getting a book published. My goal this year is to start writing and then find out.
Speaking of things I have no idea how to do but am doing anyway…. This year I will be a year of designing for me. I will be building a (hopefully awesome) portfolio of designs to sell on Spoonflower and eventually start showing to fabric companies.
So there you have it! These are my guiding goals for the year. Once I had these in place, planning my steps for each month and setting up a calendar was easy. All the little work choices I make this year will hopefully be leading me towards these goals.
Like I said, when you know your vision, you know when to say yes and when to say no.
Besides all that, I do hope to get some actual quilting done at some point too!
Happy New Year, and Happy Sewing, ~L