Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 Goals

It's the first day of the year. It's off to a good start since I finished a nameplate halter.

Nichelle of Desktop Stables posted about hobby goals. Which got me thinking and reflecting about my year and what I want to accomplish in 2018. I have some annual resolutions plus some new ones.

1. Blog More

This is an annual goal. 2017 was my lowest blogging year in terms of posting. It's not that I stayed holed up in my room for 300+ days, but yeah.  So I still need to finish some backlog posts! I also finished my junior year at Penn State and am now half way through my senior year.

2. Give Back

I love this hobby so one of my 2018 things I'd like to do is give back more. At Breyerfest two of the most common questions I was asked was about where to get supplies and where to go to find out about hobby gatherings. On facebook I often see questions about performance.  So I'm hoping to write more how-to things to help beginners trying to get into the hobby. Or people wanting to try out other parts of showing *cough performance cough.* So hopefully by 2019 I'll have posted or started a performance showing series (would any bloggers/hobbyists like to collaborate on some topics? I'm always open to ideas!).

4. Make Better Tack

My usual hobby goal is to progress in my tack making. I made huge strides in tack making for 2017 and would like to continue on that curve. There's a huge difference between my saddles at the beginning of 2017 versus the end of 2017. My nameplate halters have gotten better and so have my bridles. Hopefully in 2018 I can make solid boot patterns too.
Left is the end of 2017, right is the beginning

5. Make Videos

I made one video in 2017, but I really enjoyed the process of it. My goal is to make more of them. They just take a whole lot more time to edit and shoot than a blog post. :)

6. Read More

Outside of the hobby, I love to read but since starting college the number of books I've read yearly has dwindled. It makes sense and all but still. It went from 100+ a year to about half. In 2018 my goal is to read more.  My favorite book I read in 2017 was The Hate U Give  by Angie Thomas. It came out in February and has been on the bestseller list since. 
In March I saw that Angie Thomas would be in New Jersey, so I drove to New Jersey to hear her talk and sign my book. She was my favorite author to meet in 2017. :)

7. Show More

I stopped by a few shows in 2017 to hang out and visit. I showed once, and it was a blast. So my goal is to show at more than one in 2018.

The hobby is a fun place, but whenever drama happens it's much louder and more widely spread than positive things. So let's try to make 2018 a positive community year.  Happy New Year!
Do you have any goals for the new year?

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