Friday, October 22, 2010

{{vision for the future}}

{{Do you plan and set goals for yourself? For your career? How about for your blog? Do you have a vision for where you want your blog and/or your shop to go?}}

I will be honest in that I am good at mapping out goals for a few weeks in advance. I have an overall big picture vision for where I want to go with my career and even for my blog {and handmade shop}-however when it comes to my personal life; I am not sure what I am doing. I am not sure if I want to have kids or where I would even fit them in my life. That has been a huge obstacle for my Mom and I right now and a personal point of contention for me as society dictates that as a woman it is an expectation that I am a mother.

However, right now I am focused on my career(s). Happily focused. Selfishly so. 
And I am okay with that.

I have goals in mind for my career.  Perhaps I will go back to school and get my doctorate. I would love to be Dean of Students at a University or even President one day? {{Maybe--If I don’t open up a successful handmade shop.}} Owning a successful blog and handmade shop is what I would really LOVE to do.  
I lay awake at night dreaming about it. I wake up thinking about it. My mind is constantly consumed with thoughts of my blog and my shop. 
Yes, these [may] seem lofty but if I put my mind to them and make goals, I know can do it.
{What are my goals?}
I thought you would never ask. :]
{1} My first goal is to get my caboose to a conference. This conference would have networking opportunities, a creative flair, provide learning workshops and presentations, and the opportunity to meet fellow bloggers that I adore.
{2} Another goal is to decide on the product that I want to commit to making. Right now I am creating a variety of items and dabbling with many things but really want to choose one thing to commit to. I have an idea; just need to practice to make perfect.
Have you read Shey B’s post on just that? me+sewing 
Honestly, I have been dragging my feet on the first goal. I am not sure why. Relevant 10 is only a skip and a jump away from me this weekend and I could have gone to it however deep down perhaps I wasn’t ready? I don’t know. What I do know is that I took the plunge and I am going to….

Creative Estates! Happy Blogiversary to me! 
Again, I ask you this: 
Do you plan and set goals for yourself? For your career? How about for your blog/shop? Do you have a vision for where you want your blog and/or your shop to go?
Come back tomorrow! 
I am having a Blogiversary Giveaway!

10 thoughts:

Allison said...

You will figure it all out.

And awesome for going to creative estates!!! I want to go but I am just not sure if I can. I need to look it up again and figure it out. I do have money from my big prize to spend! lol :)

Brina said...

I never set goals for my career in the past, because I work in retail and have always HATED it. I didn't really want to be a manager and be in charge of other employees. So I've been working a job for 12 years that gets me by.

I never thought of myself as a goal-oriented person, until I found Etsy. I never imagined that I (little ME) could make my art/crafts and people would want to buy them. Etsy opened up a whole new world of possibilities and I am SO excited to see what may come.

I've started setting goals and trying out new things. My original shop "Sabrina's Second Hand" has seen a few sales. Nothing monumental, though. I remind myself daily that it starts slow, and eventually I may become more successful.

But I've had the same experience as you. I keep dabbling in what to make and how to market my products. I have had a burst of creative thought over the last two days, and with the weekend I'm hoping to get some work done.

One day, my goal of quitting "Fred Meyer" may become a reality. I really want to own a "brick and mortar" shop. I'm totally inspired by Elsie of "A Beautiful Mess".

*Sorry I went off on a tangent there.*

Watkins35 said...

I say 'bravo' to you - you ARE doing what you want - I wish I had the nerve to do what I want.

I don't tend to set goals (other than to enjoy each day), but I hope one day that I'll have a career where I can :) x

Kara said...

I want to go to creative estates too!!! Did you already pay?? I know the early bird entry cost only has 9 days left...if I could afford it now I would def pay now.

My goals?
1. open my etsy shop
2. go to creative estates to LEARN!
3. continue expanding and growing in blogging
4. have another baby
5. go back to school for my masters degree
6. finish renovating our house
7. finally go on a long over due honeymoon :)

I hope that I can afford to go to creative estates so that we can meet in person!!! How fun would that be?!

kirstyb said...

great post xxx

EriKonasis1313 said...

Awesome post. It has inspired me to start mapping out my goals. I would like to do something of more substance with my blog, but we shall see. :)

Cassie said...

Wow, Creative Estates does look amazing! I would love to go, but that's something we couldn't really afford right now. Way to go, Gina!

I don't have much in the way of personal goals right now. My goals always seemed to have to change once the kids came along, and when I get to focused on me I feel guilty about it. I tell myself, there is time for personal goals after the kids are grown and gone. I can tell you that if I hadn't had my kids right away, I'm not sure I would have had them. That's not because I don't adore my kids, but I would have been too selfish to give up a career I think. I guess I'm glad that God knew better for me, because I can't imagine life without them. Good for you for knowing yourself so well, Gina. . .kids aren't for everyone. Hugs, my friend ;D

Mellisa Rock said...

I understand what you mean about being ready for a blogging conference - I am going to Boston's Bloggy boot camp - but it took me almost a year to even think about being ready to go. As far as my blog - I do have goals in mind - I want to create a place where I can start conversations and work out problems that I am having - I also want a place to shine - having 4 kids almost always leads to having great triumphs and spectacular fails - I want a place to share both. Good luck with your goals for your blog and shop.

la petite coquine said...

As a musician, it's hard to set strict goals because so much of this business is out of our hands. Goals like, practice hard and audition well are manageable, but feel a little small. On the other hand, I have one very big goal-get my PhD in musicology and teach opera literature at a university or conservatory. It'll take me a little while, but I'm excited to get started (soon)!

Ashley said...

I wish I was better at setting up goals and timelines for myself! I just feel like it's so hard - particularly for my career, because first I need to get a job, any job... lol!


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