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It’s now the middle of January 2018. And yet, I still can’t seem to shake off my holiday sluggishness. Can anyone relate?
Since I’m still all fuzzy-brained (and have been doing both a dry month and avoiding added sugar, which let’s face it, I could murder a bag of Cheetos right now), I’m just going to hop right in! I was inspired originally to make this list earlier this week by one of my favorite coffee mugs, so I’m going to use that theme to help demonstrate my resolutions. (If you want one of these, you can click through on the photos or the links below the photos to see where you can get them.)
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I’ve been playing around with video settings and learning the ropes of filming DIY content. I think it adds a great new element and keeps the challenge factor turned up to 11, especially since I am used to being behind the lens instead of in front. In fact, I’ve already got two new videos ready for editing to post in the next month or so. If you aren’t subscribed yet, you can do so here!
More Real Moments
I love the funny moments of DIY. I have a foul mouth. I often have paint on me or glue in my hair or something equally unbecoming.
As of April, I’ll have been blogging for eight years. And after nearly a decade of figuring out this little corner of the internet, I’ve come to the realization that while I love that I get to do this full-time, I also face lots and lots of pressure to keep up with whatever is The Latest Thing. Better photography. Better styling. Keeping the creative engine running to a point where you can’t even really distinguish yourself from the next commoditized blog. I hate that lack of authenticity, but I also understand why so many do it. The harsh truth is that when you lack that professional polish, you can expect less traffic… and that means less income. And that sucks.
It takes more effort these days to manage a blog than it ever did, and with adding video to the mix, I just don’t have the capacity to be picture-perfect. Not that I ever really was, but I do feel that pressure quite a bit. Instead, I’m setting a goal to not let the lack of perfection (no makeup, or feeling awkward, or whatever other thing that’s making me self-conscious) stop me from offering up more content whenever I think something is really cool. I love it when I see my blog friends offer up something real and cool and different, like this. I am trying to remember this as I go.
More Smack Talk
The room and the battling DIYer have all been picked out, and the behind-the-scenes setup has already begun. I’ll have more details for you on an official announcement a few weeks from now, but I’m also filming updates for Youtube. Basically, I figured hearing two people cracking jokes at each other would be even more fun to see in addition to reading, so this could very well be a fun little “show” of sorts that you’ll find on my Youtube channel. I hope you enjoy (and laugh your faces off). <3
AKA, less judgment. I know that may sound directly hypocritical if I’m planning on opening a can of whoop-ass in a head-to-head DIY challenge (because I SO AM, IT’S ONNNN), but also, hear me out. 2017 was pretty stressful for a lot of people. I hope, in 2018, to see less of that. I’m also hoping I can maybe help with that just by being a better friend. Listening more. Adding to the collective total good moments of the year. More meaningful conversations. That kind of thing. Things that really have nothing to do with anything, other than making 2018 richer.
2018 is an ambitious year. I don’t mean to be too vague about it all, but some stuff I simply can’t disclose yet, some of it I don’t know all the details quite yet, and some is just plain more fun to reveal one by one. I’ll give you the first one though: next month is WorkbenchCon, and not only am I going to attend, but I’m building a booth for Rust-Oleum! I don’t exactly know what the hell I’m doing as I am no “booth-building expert” (I’m sure that 1) that’s probably a real thing, and 2) I am not one of them), but I’ll be sharing all the details with you as it comes together. Expect to see sneak previews on Instagram stories, at least.
What about you? What are your goals?