Do you make New Years Resolutions? I’m not a big fan of them. Over the years I have attempted to make resolutions and have had some wins, but some epic fails; usually they have something to do with food & exercise. This year I am going to make several resolutions but I would like them to be more progressive, rather than finite goals that will make or break my year. They are going to be small-ish, but not so hard that I will quit by February. I am going to put on my “big girl” pants and do the following:
1. Networking – Ugh… I loathe it. My husband has perfected this skill and likes to remind me that networking is the key to success. How do you get a job? Network. How do you find clients? Network. How do you make friends? Network. Network. Network. I am exhausted merely reading the word. How does one become a better networker? I have joined a group that already has a defined network – in the fall of 2013 I became an official “Intern” member of ARIDO (Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario). This membership gives me more opportunities to meet other designers at events, classes and seminars. Now I just need to register for something!
2. Following up with contacts – Another item on the list of things I do not enjoy. Sigh… After networking with the people from all the fancy events I am going to register in, I will remember to get their business cards so I can follow up with a short email or phone call. The problem is their cards go into my black-hole of a bag, never to be seen again. If and when I find their card (hopefully the next day), I must send a thank you email or follow up phone call.
Note to self: clean bag more often
3. Find “the” job, not just any job – Now if I work hard on (1) and (2) above, finding the job I want should be the easiest part. I will have to hit the ground running. It may actually mean knocking on a few doors and making a few phone calls (nothing too scary, I can do this!). It also means sending my resume and portfolio out to anyone and everyone, then following up again (see point 2 above)… sigh, it seems never-ending.
4. Fix my website and post stuff on my personal blog – I have my own personal blog and website on top of Chic|Toro. If I gave you the web addresses you would get blank pages for one and “site under construction” for the other. I would very much like to get them up and running. I have 4 articles almost completed for my design and architecture blog, the issue is I need to get off my tuffet and go take some pictures. The website on the other hand needs more work and I am not sure what I want to do with it, or why I even need a website in the first place. So I guess in regards to said website, I need to sketch out a plan and make it happen. Even if it means asking for help.
5. Less e-mail & social media, more personal contact with friends and family – I have moved a number of times in the last few years, so tools like Facebook and Twitter have made keeping up with everyone simple. There is almost nothing I love more then receiving a letter by good old-fashioned “snail mail” or a phone call from an old friend. Thus I will attempt to maintain closer and more personal ties with loved ones.
6. Be more creative – I seem to have stopped all creative acts. I have not drawn or painted for years. I once was an avid photographer, now not so much. I don’t bake or even read as much as I used to. So 2014 will be the year I delve back into hobbies that make me happy. I will join a social painting group. I will take my camera with me to more places. I will read more books than I did last year (a whopping 11). And I will have fun doing it all…
In 2014 I will put myself out there, starting with all of you. I will not be afraid of what could or could not happen, or disappointed in what did or did not happen. It is going to be an interesting year and I look forward to sharing both my professional and personal triumphs with you.
Cheers – Carrie