I've been hesitant to write a 2012 resolutions/goals post because I am so terribly terrible at meeting my goals, but I figured just taking the step to write them down was better than not. I mean, even if I don't accomplish all my goals for the year, how can I accomplish even one if I don't make any? I've thought long and hard about what I'd like to accomplish this year, and I think another reason that I'm hesitant to declare it in writing is because I'm afraid I'm going to fail at some of the things I want to try. But again. How will I know if I don't try, right? 

At first, I thought I would try to knit 12 sweaters in 2012. I mean, it made sense. All the numbers were there. 12 months. 12 sweaters. 2012. I even picked out all the patterns I wanted to make and hoarded stashed enough yarn for 7 of them. But then I decided that I didn't want to do that. I didn't want to do that because if I didn't accomplish it, I would be a failure. But seriously, who fails if they don't knit 12 sweaters in a year? So I'm not going to say that I'm going to knit 12. But I will say that 2012 is going to be the year of the sweater. I've already started my first one, Aidez by Cirilia Rose!

And no matter how many sweaters I knit, I want at least one of them to be of my own design. I can totally do that.

Speaking of design, I want to publish at least 4 new patterns this year. I can also totally do that.

I want to become a better photographer. That will probably include taking a photography class at our local community college, a resource I need to be taking way more advantage of (they offer a class called Backyard Chickens, how awesome is that?!). Easy!

I'm always striving to be a better wife and friend - to be a better listener, a more caring person. A better person all around. One who exercises even when I don't want to and who eats healthy all most of the time. I can be that person I'm striving for. And I need to be happy with myself for trying, even if I don't always do my best.

And finally, I want to concentrate on finding a job that makes me happy. Really happy. It's something I haven't had in a long time - a job that I wake up in the morning looking forward to going to. One where I feel like I'm doing more than just going through the motions. It's out there somewhere.

So there it is, friends. Happy 2012! I have a feeling it's going to be a good one!


  1. Gail Dokucu1/3/12, 6:51 PM

    What a thoughtful post!  I do the same thing - avoid making resolutions for fear of failing.  But this year I made a big one by joining the Seamless Pledge for 6 months.  I'd also like to find a job I love - it's not that easy!  I wish you the best of luck in ALL your endeavors this year!

  2. Great post. Good luck to you on completing your goals, especially with the last one. The job market is awful and it seems like very few of my friends have a job they really like.

  3. these are great. and i have full confidence that you will accomplish all of them! happy new year!

  4. JenniferSadler1/3/12, 8:10 PM

    Thank you! You too! Ultimately, as long as I'm happy and healthy, that's all that matters. But goals are always good to have! Can't wait to see how your goals turn out!

  5. JenniferSadler1/3/12, 8:12 PM

    Thank you! Yes, it's pretty bleak out there. I know I should be thankful to have a job, and I am, but it would be so nice to have something more. Happy new year!

  6. JenniferSadler1/3/12, 8:12 PM

    Thank you! I sure hope so! Happy new year to you too!!

  7. Your list sounds great. Good luck to you in accomplishing your goals.

  8. I can relate, Jennifer.  I've had a resolutions post waiting in drafts for a week that I finally finished today.  I guess I feel dorky committing out loud to things.  But I like your goals.  I have a sweater pattern idea I'd like to write this year too, but I'm not very sure of my ability to work out sizing and such.  Then I knit a real bomb and think, "How am I ever going to do that?"  Oh well, I like how you're laid back about it- that you won't burn with shame if you only knit (gasp!) eleven sweaters.   I also hope you find the perfect place of employment too.

  9. JenniferSadler1/17/12, 4:46 PM

    Goals are tough! I think saying them out loud makes them even harder - if you keep them to yourself and don't meet them, no one will ever know. But if you share them with others and don't meet them, others know! I totally understand you on the sizing - I know I can make a sweater to fit me, but as far as sizing it for a pattern - I'm totally intimidated. If I figure out a secret I'll let you know! Good luck!