Friday Footnotes

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Oh this week has kicked my butt… the flu—or some variation of the flu—has descended into our home and is not leaving! On top of that, work has never been busier… I think I’ve had two full days off this whole month year, which I’ve used to catch up on my Etsy shop. So all that to say, I’m very drained and very tired and very little web reading has happened. But what I have had a chance to read are some blog posts by some very inspiring women posting their 2014 goals and resolutions—oh did I mention I am about 3 weeks behind in my blog feed? So I wanted to share a few of my favorite posts I’ve been inspired by this week.

1. Lara Casey’s 2014 Goal Setting Series

Lara Casey’s blog is always inspiring. Yes, always. Here’s just a snippet from her Goal Setting series… and you can read more on her blog here.

We’re going to take this day by day, in small powerful chunks, because there are no shortcuts to any place worth going. – Beverly Sills   …  You can microwave some goals and have a pretty little 2014 list by Monday, or you can dig deeper and set goals that matter to you over the next week or so with me.  You can pray hard about them and really weigh whether or not they are the best use of your time.  You can set goals that are twenty levels below the surface, where the fiery good stuff lives.  Or you can just make resolutions that get forgotten and tossed aside come February 1.

2. How to Set Goals, Jasmine Star

The easy part is talking about a Dream…the hard work begins when you Do. Success only comes when you stick with a course of action to achieve what you want. However, don’t forget that research proves setting a specific goal ensures you have a chance of getting precisely that. In light of this, I like to think of broad, lifestyle goals (like what I hope to experience or how I want my life to feel) and then use my Dreams to help me get there.

Read more about the “Do” from Jasmine Star here.

3. Kathleen’s Coaching for Creatives

I always love Kathleen Shannon and Braid’s creative exercises… and this one is another great one! She suggests reflecting on 2013 to enable the dreaming for 2014. Then burn that list right up! Read more on the process here.

4. Happy New Year from Nole

What I loved about Nole’s New Year’s post was that all her resolutions are a more general, day to day lifestyle change that have lasting effects way past 2014. From spending more time with friends to travelling more, read the list here.

5. Emily Henderson’s NY Resolutions

While the last post was a more general lifestyle resolution, Emily Henderson got super specific on her goals for the year, ranging from work to her personal life to getting her hair done once a month. She wanted to be specific because…

The more specific you get I think the more you can actually achieve the goal. It becomes a rule, not an abstract suggestion. Listen to me get all self-helpy on you … but I personally just think this actually works.

I really loved her resolutions, go take a read here.

Friday Footnotes

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1. Skillshare Class: Art of Modern Calligraphy

I finally did it, friends—I enrolled in a Skillshare class! After months—seriously—of debate… I chose a calligraphy class. It seemed like something that would have the best effects over the long term, an “investment” (haha more on that in a sec.) in myself and my Etsy shop that uses tools that I for the most part own but haven’t figured out how to use yet!

The best part, and the reason why I finally bought now, is that until this evening at 11:59, all the classes are 25% off in celebration of the New Year (code NEW25)—plus you get $10 off your first class—so this big investment that I have put off for many months turned out to only be $5 which was also bought with a giftcard from Santa. Whoo hoo!

So the class—Introduction to the Art of Modern Calligraphy—is open ended, working at your own pace—which is super fabulous since there’s no way I have time to start this class until later next month—creating a one of a kind alphabet. But until then, I will wait anxiously because I am just so gosh darn excited to get started!

2. Type Shoes

And speaking of calligraphy—how awesome are these type covered shoes? Designed by Jessica Hische, found via Mr Cup.

3. Device 6, iPhone App

Doesn’t everyone love discovering new apps? I was pretty excited to see a “best of apps” article on Design Work Life, my favorite design blog. And even more excited to find Device 6

Part novel, part interactive experience, Device 6 occupies a new space between gaming, puzzles, and books.

Now doesn’t that sound interesting?

4. Handmade Notebooks

I’ve always wanted to create handmade notebooks, but have never taken the time to do so. And after giving handmade gifts this year to many of my friends and family, this may make the perfect gift for my girlfriends next year! (Ladies, what do you think?) DIY found via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

5. Owning Original Art

Wow, did this article inspire me to go shopping for some original art pieces. I loved this line in particular:

It is my preference to have a relationship with a creative person and to live with work they’ve created.

Isn’t that true? It still amazes me how much energy and how much of my soul goes in to every project I work on, no matter how small it may be. Its time I start investing in the art around me, starting with local artists.