Monday, January 4, 2010

2010 Hobby Goals

The kids went back to school this morning so now my Hobby New Year begins in earnest. To mark the occasion, I've put together a short list of goals for myself. Hopefully this year I will do a better job of achieving them!

1. No more backlog--seriously!
This may not look like a tremendously long list but some of those paid for orders (cough, cough, Portuguese saddle, cough, cough) date back to 2008... That's terrible! My number one goal for the new year is to get caught up and stay caught up. Eventually I would like to start taking new orders, but that's still a few months off at best. I really cannot allow myself to add to this list until Dagmar has her saddle in hand.

That said, I will continue to offer occasional sales items here. There is a very good chance there will be at least a huntseat saddle and classic sidesaddle in the near future, plus lots of sports medicine boots.

2. Greater productivity through better organization.
I am not going to waste hours upon hours looking for things this year. I am going to keep my studio clean and organized. 'Nuff said.

3. Making time for fun.
I have a tendency to get so bogged down with orders that I forget this hobby is supposed to be fun. I'd really like to not do that this year. Instead I want to take the time to enjoy all the positive aspects of the hobby. In particular, I want to attend lots of shows, hopefully even one or two outside of Colorado. Anyone looking for a good performance judge? Perhaps we can work something out!

4. Blogging, blogging, blogging.
I think it's fair to say that I did a really good job of keeping this blog updated in 2009. I want to continue with that in 2010. I have all sorts of good things in the works--more tutorials, more guest blogger posts and more pictures from real horse shows. Speaking of which, does anyone want to accompany me to the Mexican Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show this weekend?

So, that's it. Those are my 2010 goals. Be sure to check this space this time next year to see how I do!


  1. I might be up for the Stock Show/Mexican rodeo! LMK when, etc...we can carpool and save on parking :D

  2. Come judge at the Region X Regionals in NY, held in November! We would love to have you! Guest judges are welcome at many of our live shows, and it is always fun to meet someone from a different region and get another opinion.

  3. *grin* If that's Purdy you're talking about being backlogged on, well, she doesn't need any more tack. That simplifies your problem. Tee hee! She tells me that all the time anyways. Tell her I said to cross her off the list...

  4. I will help with the add more fun area........moms night out soon and try the new dog park on Iliff. I am impressed with your organization skills, do you think they would work for my small kitchen?

  5. Oh, I am SO telling Tiffany you said that! I do not think she will approve. That woman is the definition of the words "tack junkie."

  6. It's great that you have a goal list (and I am excited I am on it!). I should think about one of those for my house. My dolls I have been keeping up with pretty well but I forget simple things like, there is less time to work when the kids are home or around holidays. Next year I will be prepared for that.