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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Goals

Well, 2013 is here, and like any good American, I have a whole list of resolutions to keep!! Most have to do with my jewelry business, and one is a personal weight loss goal. I am writing them out here, and plan to check back at the end of each quarter, so that I can make sure I am staying on track, and make any modifications that are necessary. So, here you go!

Goal #1
To double my revenue on etsy. Last year I made just shy of $1000. This year I want to make at least $2000.  With changes that etsy has made, they don't count items sold, so its too much work to calculate this. And just looking at gross sales is easy to track. I will not worry about taking out etsy/pay pal fees, or about taking out shipping. I will look only at gross income from sales.

Goal #2
To organize, and keep organized, my office space. This includes keeping track of all receipts and expenses, and logging them to make tax time a LOT easier. I bought a few "organization bundles" from HappyOrganizedLife on etsy, and have them all printed out and in a binder, so I am starting off the year very strong!

Goal #3
To spend at least 5 hours a week on designing and creating new products for both my etsy shop, and my friends gallery where I have a display. My new nifty organization goodies will make it easy to plan my week, as well as track what I actually did!

Goal #4
To have at least 150 items in my shop by the end of the second quarter, and 200 by the end of the third quarter. The more inventory, the more opportunity for people to fall in love and buy :)

Goal #5
One of my dearest friends, Libbi, of MtBaldyGlassworks, has opened her very own Artisan Loft and Gift Gallery. I have a nice little area in prime real estate in her shop. She opened on Oct 1st, and I had my jewelry in there since the middle of October. In both October and November, I made just over $100 per month, after all applicable taxes and fees were taken out. I did MUCH better in December, though I don't know the exact numbers yet. Since this is a brand new venture for everyone, I'm going to set my goals lowish, with the hopes of surpassing them. If necessary, I will reset the goals higher at the quarterly check in. So, my goal is $150 per month, for a total of $1800 for the year.

Goal #6
This one is my personal goal. I have gained a huge amount of weight over the last 6 or so years. Most of it was initially caused by medications, but I also did nothing to modify my diet. This weight has taken a tole on me, and its time for it to go. Last year I lost a total of 34 pounds. I still have about 93 pounds left to lose. My goal for 2013 is to lose at least 75 pounds. This progress will be easy to track, because I have a nice little widget at the top of my blog, which automatically updates my weight loss every time I log it.

See you in three months for a check up!!!!


  1. Great goals! It sounds like you have a plan and are off to a great start! Good luck!

  2. Great goals. They will keep you focused and moving forward. Good luck with the weight loss. It's the never ending battle for a lot of us. Looking forward to seeing your progress. ♥

  3. Terrific goals! I know that #6 may be intimidating, but you can do it! Good luck!

  4. Great goals! Yes I want to organize my craft space too! Going to put that in my scheduling!

  5. Unique Cozy Treasures - You have some really great goals for 2013. Losing weight is hard. I lost 40 pounds a few years ago. Had gained those because my thyroid went wacko. Got that under control and lost the weight. Learned I had to eat no later than 6pm.Cut pork and some other foods out of my diet and then the weight started melting. Good luck to you in your goals.

    1. The doctors at one point thought my thyroid was part of the problem, but the meds made no difference. I will have bloodwork done again this month. I rarely eat pork, since hubby's religion doesn't allow it. As for not eating later than 6, that would be impossible. Hubby is rarely home before 9pm. I did great when I was tracking and thinking about my food choices, so I hope that will work again.

  6. Turtle, sounds like you're organized and ready to go. Wishing you the best in achieving and exceeding these goals.

  7. These are all great goals and I wish you the best in achieving them. I'm sure you will do great and look forward to your updates!

  8. Yay Turtle!! These are fantastic goals - and completely doable. Just's one step at a time. I'm with you on the weight loss/getting healthy train, m'dear. I just started journaling my diet - seems to help!

  9. Good luck with all your goal Elizabeth, keep being cheerful and optimistic, it will get you through whatever you're trying to do! I am very shy at putting down my own goals, I'm scared of them looking back at me:)) But I make mental notes and I'm thinking of a check list every 3 months to keep focused.

  10. Great goals! Just keep focused and work hard.