Dec 30

It’s that time of year again

100_8591Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? If you do, and you are actually able to make progress with yours, I’m impressed. It has never worked for me, probably because I am such an eternal optimist and idealist (and still think I’m Wonder Woman!) that I have always set my goals much higher than I will ever be able to achieve . . . . and when I don’t reach my (unrealistic) goals, I get discouraged. And seriously consider just giving up. Which is dumb.

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So, instead of making impossibly impossible New Year’s Resolutions, I thought I would just set a few goals, and try to keep them manageable. Of course, I don’t want to get lazy, and not challenge myself to do better than I did last year (or yesterday, or last week), but I do need to avoid sabotaging my efforts before I even begin.

One of my goals for 2016 is to get back into the design / sewing studio and create my vision for fun kids’ clothing. I’ve missed those kinds of creative projects while I’ve been working on my editing / writing career, so it just seems like the right time to try to schedule in some time in my schedule to make stuff again.

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Another project that I loved working on a couple of years ago was my art journal / calendar books. Another one of those creative projects that I moved to the “back burner” while I worked on writing – and January is the perfect time to get going on that again.

And since three seems to be a good, round number, I guess I can add one more to my list of manageable goals: this is the year that I am going to focus at least some time and attention on writing my own stories. I’ve invested several years in encouraging other writers, editing and promoting their work, and teaching writing to some of my students, I think this is the year for my voice to come out and play.


There – I’ve said it, so we’ll see if I can actually accomplish any of those goals in the new year. This afternoon I’m going to play around with my 2016 art journal / calendar, and then I’ve got a couple of refashion projects on the design table . . . and an adorable little girl’s dress refashioned from a beautiful plaid shirt.


PS the pictures are of Gracie when she was about four or five, in a fun little boutique outfit I created with ruffles and apron pockets. Yes, all these quirky ideas really are inside my head, and it’s time to let them out!

100_8547 - CopyI know . . . that apple didn’t fall far from the tree!

Hope you have a joyous and blessed New Year, and take time to tell YOUR story!



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  1. Cheryl

    Yay, I can’t wait to see what you do!! I never make resolutions any more, I never keep them. I love Gracie’s outfit, what a great idea! Happy New Year!!

  2. Brenda

    It is very easy to make unrealistic New Year’s resolutions. I tend to do that too because there’s just so many things I want to accomplish. I like that you made your goals reachable. Good luck on them! By the way, that outfit is really cute and she did a great job modeling it.

  3. Sally Ann

    Hi Nina,
    Thanks for that message. I have so many projects in mind for my repurposing shop that I just keep on the back burner, now it is time to get to them.
    I just love your work. That little outfit is adorable, as is your daughter.
    Hoping for you having many successes in this new year. Blessings,
    Sally Ann

  4. Suzan

    I’m not sure which I love more – Gracie’s outfit – or Gracie’s modelling skills – both are gorgeous !!!

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