I've never been a "goals" person.  Sure I made the required goals in school for assignments or whatever, maybe the occasional new years resolution, but I've never really had a personal, meaningful goal.  I guess I don't make resolutions because, although they are meant to have good intentions, everyone knows they are rarely kept and it's almost accepted that you may only last a month or two with your resolution. 

This year, without even any intention to, I started to set goals for myself.  I think it started because of being asked my least favorite question "what do you do?".  Seems like a harmless question, but to someone who does a little of this and a little of that it's hard to answer and feel like you actually sound professional.  My goal for myself is create an identity for myself, figure out who I am, finally!  Give myself a definition, not for everyone else, but so that I can feel proud and accomplished for myself.  My ultimate goals? I really want to have a successful illustration print business.  You will see more about that here as we get to know each other, but it's what lead to starting this blog.  So today I thought I would think about some goals for the blog and what I'm really wanting to do here.  And what better way to do this than share it with all of you? 

Official goals of Maryjanes and Galoshes-
1. Grow a large following of people who are genuinely interested in what I post here.  I don't want pity follows, I don't trade follows "you follow me, I'll follow you", no that's definitely NOT happening.  I don't care if it takes years and I never have more followers than I have today, this blog is for me and if you happen to enjoy it as well that makes it even more rewarding.

2. Be featured on one, or all, of my favorite blogs.  The blogs that got me inspired to be here.  Not because I've hounded them, but because they want to support me in what I'm doing here and feel I'm worth sharing. 

3. Be asked to guest post on someone's blog, or maybe even swap blogs for a day.  I think that would be the highest compliment, if someone actually wanted me to come write on their blog.

4. Create happy childhood memories for my kids through the projects you see here.  Being accountable to my blog means I have motivation to do the projects I've been wanting to do and have excused myself from actually doing them.  So many times I see something cute I want to make for my daughter, but tell myself by the time I finish it she will grow out of it in a week.  That's not true, and usually it doesn't take nearly as long to make as I think. 

5. Post things worthy of comments.  I hope someday I look back at these goals and think "gosh, I remember the time when I was thrilled to get a comment a week, and now I get many positive comments per day".  It's not about the comments, but I know how easy it is to skim over an entry and bookmark it for later.  In order to leave a comment you have to be really inspired.  I want to inspire. 

And because you can't have a post without a picture, something inspiring.....LOL I'm not the only one with plans to go somewhere!


  1. Thanks for posting this--you put into words some thoughts that had been floating in my mind for weeks but had not yet solidified into actual goals.

    Looking around, your blog is full of inspiration and I would never have found you if it weren't for your tutorial on e-mail buttons over at Totally Tutorials; I am so glad you did that and have sent the post link to some blogging friends (hope you don't mind?)

    Best wishes in meeting your goals!

  2. Wow, thats so cool - I just made a mental note never to have a giveaway that you have to sign up to be a follower, I feel exactly the same way that you do about that! I am also here from the Totally Tutorials link, and am just having a look through your archives. Thanks for such a thoughtful post.

  3. I love your blog. I found it from Creative Crate advertising your giveaway (which is awesome) but I stayed to look around your blog and I like what I see!!! Thanks for sharing your ideas and especially for the tutorials, there is nothing worse than having someone show you a cute craft they have done but not showing you how to do it! I can't wait to see what else you come up with.

  4. Good for you!!! I've been thinking some of the same things...I always think a project will take longer than it does, and then I'm thrilled with the result.

    My blog is for me, and sometimes I work on it and sometimes I dont. But I'll never, ever write, "Sorry it's been so long since I've posted....blah blah." "or I've been so busy" Of course I have!! haha.

    Anyway, I like your blog, I like your writing and I like your projects!!!