32 Before 32

32 Before 32

As promised yesterday, here is my new list of goals that I hope to accomplish before my next birthday. On a sidenote, I might be getting old enough that I need to do like a half-age before age kind of list (i.e. 16 before 32). Or else fill it up with really easy things. To be mulled on for next year. Now, in no particular order:

  1. Go to a design conference. I’ve been to a blogging conference, and a freelance conference, but not a conference specifically for design.
  2. Staycation or vacation with Ian. After the wedding and honeymoon this year, a staycation might be the order of the day.
  3. Apply for a booth at Austin Comic Con for my screen printing shop. On the theory that maybe craft shows don’t reach my target audience.
  4. Redesign the blog. Good ol’ DD needs a web refresh.
  5. Open a retirement account. Still need to do this.
  6. Get my credit cards back below 50% used. They took quite a hit this past year.
  7. Go through my screen printing shop and de-list things I no longer like or want to do.
  8. Figure out what I want to do with art prints, since the lokta paper packs I relied on for supply are no longer readily available.
  9. Re-plant the front flower beds and back porch pots. They were neglected this year. Things died.
  10. Get to see my baby sister in person.
  11. Celebrate big time when we get word my mom is cancer free post-radiation. *fingers crossed*
  12. Do a heavy-duty clean out of my office: desk and shelves and closet. This is probably just ongoing, not ever complete.
  13. Learn how to use a quill pen. I bought one in Venice. Now just need to learn how to use it!
  14. Design a calendar.
  15. Re-shoot the art prints that I’m keeping with the new lightbox setup from the Kickstarter I backed. Once it gets here.
  16. Print & list some greeting cards in the shop. New idea, to see how they do.
  17. Order & hang wedding photo prints, and wedding guest ‘book’ (we had a wooden tree cut out that people signed).
  18. Go through my bookshelves and clean out what I don’t want to keep.
  19. Get rid of/sell excess wedding decor and stuff.
  20. Gain 12 new bundle clients for Studio Guerassio.
  21. Submit a design to Recovering the Classics.
  22. Submit an entry to Austin Art Boards.
  23. Submit a design to Cotton Bureau.
  24. Learn to bake bread.
  25. Wear my BetterBack 15 minutes each work day. Once it arrives from Kickstarter, that is.
  26. Buy/otherwise legally obtain a laptop or some portable way to work. Being desk-bound has gotten old.
  27. Have an awesome 1 year wedding anniversary!
  28. Double the number of listings in the digital shop (currently at 23).
  29. Read 6 of the business books on my TBR pile.
  30. Work out at least 1x per week.
  31. Learn how to curl my hair well/quickly. I can do it, but it takes me like an hour and doesn’t look all that great.
  32. Reach 1000 followers on my Twitter account for Studio Guerassio. Currently at just over 500.

Not too shabby a round-up, huh? And NO, ‘get pregnant/have a baby’ is not on the list yet. Just because I’m married now doesn’t mean I don’t have some shit to get in order before I/we can even think about having a kid (see: above list). Sheesh, people. 😉

What do you think? Am I biting off more than I can chew, or is this doable?

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Taking Stock

Lots of construction going on at my mom's house, but check out the awesome new deck!

Taking a page from Pip’s book and using this list to do a life snapshot.   Making: my way through 2 weeks worth of emails. Cooking: something for dinner tonight, no idea what yet as I need to go to the store first. Drinking: my morning cappuccino. Reading: emails. I finished the book I was reading last night. Wanting: a week of vacation to recover from my trip, haha. Looking: at my poor desk plant that was neglected while I was gone. Playing: with Sienna, who I missed terribly. Deciding: more wedding stuff, little details. Wishing: to win the lottery […]

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5 Things Friday

5 Things Friday

1. I am having a shoe dilemma. Specifically, a wedding shoe dilemma. I want to wear comfy, no-heel shoes in a shade of purple that matches my wedding colors. I’ve bought 3 different ballet slipper possibilities. One was the perfect shade of purple, but had toe cleavage and fit a bit shallow all around- felt like it would fall off easily. Those got sent back. One fit perfectly, but the purple was a bit off and I feel like the style might be a bit too casual. Those I’ve kept, for now- might just turn into everyday shoes. The last […]

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5 Things Friday

5 Things Friday

1. The boy (fiancé!) and I had a walkthrough at our wedding venue with their coordinator yesterday, and picked out which areas of the Villa we’re going to use for our ceremony and reception. Verdict: outdoor ceremony on the Lakeview Terrace, indoor reception in the Chapel (it’s called that but is not actually churchlike, thank goodness). Plus she walked us through the timeline for the day and little details we need to think about as far as who’s in charge of certain things, and placement of things like the guest book sign-in and all of that. It was super useful, […]

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Reimaginings

Covers Reimagined

You guys know by now that I am a fan of reimaingings – of fairytales, of famous posters or art, that kind of thing. Combine that with my love of books, and you have a new series and passion project over on my design blog: Covers Reimagined, where I’ll be doing my take on new covers for some of my favorite books. First up is a sci-fi classic and it is live as of this morning! You can click here to go check it out. What kind of passion project have you dabbled in lately?

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2015 Shop Charities

2015 shop charities

Last year, one of the things I decided to do with my shops was donate a portion of proceeds to a different charity or cause each month. Over the course of 2014, between the shop proceeds and my own contributions, I donated around $400 to worthy causes. However, dividing that up between so many different groups meant each group didn’t really get that much. This year I’m changing it up. I’ll still be donating a portion of shop sales, but I’m going to do it quarterly instead of monthly. I’ve also decided to keep it local. So here are the […]

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Shop News

Holiday Bazaar Postcard 2014

First and foremost, don’t forget you can find me this Saturday at the Rockin’ Around the Holiday Bazaar in Round Rock, TX. More details here, and you can RSVP/share the even here. I’d love to meet some of my blog readers and shop fans in person! You can print off this postcard and hand it in at the entrance to be entered for a door prize: Secondly, Annie’s Artist Lookbook did a wonderful surprise write-up on me and my shop, which you should go check out. Thanks, Annie! And last, if you haven’t already seen, holiday-themed items and stocking stuffer […]

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