The Best Day to Start is Today

Happy New Year! While I believe very strongly that if there's something you want to change, it's best to start NOW rather than waiting until a specific date on the calendar, something about a fresh new year makes you think about the previous year, and how you want to be more intentional about the upcoming year. 

In 2014 I started back to school to finish a Bachelor's degree. Not because I need one, but because I want one. And because at 41, I feel like my brain needs more exercise.

I also started eating more healthy and exercising more. So far I've lost about 35 pounds and managed to lose a few pounds rather than gain over the holidays. A WIN! In December I made my goal of running 100 miles in 1 month during 2014. In spite of going out of town the first 2 weekends, finals, having every public room/hallway in our house painted, and the holiday season. 

running december 2014


In spite of all the changes I've already made, there are a few things I need to work on for 2015. For example, blogging on my own personal blog. I blogged here a whopping total of 15 times in 2014. Yikes! I've neglected my own blog in favor of working harder for the collaborative blog, Art Jewelry Elements, I started a couple years ago. Maybe you've heard of it? If not, you are missing out. I have some of the best writers and talented group of ladies. Go take a look. My goal is to write here at least once a week. 

The other thing I need to work on is scheduling and balancing family, studio, school, home and personal goals. Something always suffers no matter how much I try to "do it all." Studio time has suffered the most since Bead Fest (August). And it made me frustrated and miserable. More jewelry designing and more beadmaking. Especially more beadmaking. 

I have also decided I will start learning how to draw this year. My attempts are pretty sad and pathetic and I feel like this is a skill I need. I'm starting out small....making a very short daily journal entry along with a small doodle from something during the day. I don't journal either. I find it tedious. But I think I can handle a few sentences/phrases each day. 

I am also going to take this online class with Jane LaFazio, which starts in a few weeks. 

One last thing I want to improve this year is reading with my eyes. I listen to a LOT of audiobooks while I work and while I drive. However, I rarely read pages. I miss it. I don't want to do some kind of crazy number of books, but finishing 1 each month seems attainable. I started the new year out by starting a book called Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. I also want to explore more subjects on ancient history. Especially related to ancient Greece and two favorite fiction and nonfiction subjects and see how they embed themselves into my work. 

What goals have you set for the year? What plan have you put in place to achieve your goals? 



My main goal for this year is to continue the swimming I started in the fall. I haven't been since I got sick right after Thanksgiving, but my semester starts in a week, and I want to make sure I start that up again as well. I miss it.

I don't know what kind of books you enjoy, but have you read or heard of the Amelia Peabody mysteries? They are set in Egypt, at the turn of the 19th/20th century. They are a bit campy, but I grew to really enjoy that, and I learned so much about the archeology of the time. The author (Elizabeth Peters) is an archeologist, and she brings in a lot of real history of the time. I got so interested in the archeology I had to go buy an actual non-fiction book on it so I could learn more :-)

I am hoping to take a few art classes this summer --I hope you enjoy yours!

Jennifer Cameron

YES! I discovered the Amelia Peabody series last summer on audible while finishing up prep for Bead Fest. I adore the narrator and the stories are fun. Perfect for listening to while working on driving. I'm on the 13th book and am NOT looking forward to the day I finish the last one. I love that the author is an archaeologist and infuses the books with some history.

Good luck with your swimming and I definitely want to hear about your art classes!

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