2012 finished up with a lot of big changes for me. I started a new job, leaving a great boss, some funny coworkers and a carpool behind and launching on a new adventure that, frankly, opens up a lot of doors for me, professionally and personally. I also ended a relationship, leaving me with a lot more time on my hands. 2013 is beginning with a very clean slate for me.
So what will 2013 bring?
New Apartment, New Decorating Projects?
Well, I suspect 2013 will bring a new living arrangement. I live in a very old duplex and my landlords are moving out of state due to a job opportunity. Since my new job brought me a substantial pay bump, I’m hoping to find a slightly nicer place that’s still affordable enough that I can aggressively save towards some of my goals (a very healthy emergency fund for 6 months of expenses, the down payment for a house of my own, a nice vacation, etc.). But moving is expensive, finding an apartment that takes a 75 lb. dog is ridiculously difficult, and I actually hate moving. Since they have a management company taking over the yard work, I think I might stick around…or I might move down to the lower unit, which has two bedrooms, a large kitchen (with a dishwasher!) and a dining room. Stay tuned.
More Regular Blogging, Better Blogs
Since I’m going through so many changes, I’m sure I’ll have a lot to write about. I also need to get better about finishing projects before I start new ones, so hopefully, I’ll have more projects to tell you about. And I’m trying to take a more active role in the cooking group I belong to and focus the activities I’m scheduling on budget-friendly foodie events, so that will probably mean more cooking and more recipes.
Because of the direction my career is taking, I also need to be more proactive about my writing blog, and post there more regularly. And, for both blogs, I need to think more about how we’re using social media.
Lastly, I really want to improve the quality of photos I’m posting on this blog. Using a digital camera to photograph beadwork is very hard – you need a camera with more advanced focusing capabilities and a little point and shoot or iphone camera usually won’t do the job. I also want to be able to crop and watermark photos, which I can’t do with my current computer because the operating system is so out of date. So a new computer and camera have been on my to-buy list for months. I’ve been saving steadily for both of them, and hopefully will have both by the end of January. That will hopefully help improve the quality of the blog and the photos, since I’ll have tools that are working properly.
What about you? What are your goals for 2013?