No New Year’s Resolutions!

I have made up my mind not to do New Year’s resolutions this year. I have so much baggage attached to the whole process that it is doomed to failure, mostly because I believe it will fail.  The problem is also, I believe, that NY’s resolutions are  incomplete outlines of what you want.  As I was trying to fall asleep last night I was thinking about the problem of New Year’s resolutions and had one of those aha! moments.  No resolutions for me.  I would write a business plan for my life. The business of being Ann Gates Fiser Inc.  What does AGF Inc. want to accomplish this year?

The first stumbling block was that I didn’t have the slightest idea about how to go about writing a business plan. So I found a non profit website that guides you through the whole process. I started reading and quickly realized that I should be writing a real business plan for my business. So what was supposed to be a simple solution for resolutions has turned into a way bigger job.  But I digress.  As far as my personal life goes the principal is the same. I need to write a plan, with detailed steps on how I plan to get there.  To whom I’ll turn for support, what things I will put in place to get me there.  What my stumbling blocks might be and what contingency plans I have for dealing with likely obstacles. Etc.

So one of my steps is to say to you that I will produce a quarterly report on this blog as to how I am succeeding.  If I don’t you have my permission to bug me until I do. And if it’s not working I’ll be honest and say so. So there. That’s my solution for New Year’s Resolutions.

Happy New Year!  May this be a wonderful, peaceful and prosperous year for all.

Etsy Treasures

If you’ve never visited Etsy and like hand made things you are in for a treat. is devoted to things made by all kinds of different artisans and the items are for sale.  It’s a great place to go and shop for things that you won’t find anywhere else. Imagine having a gazillion artsy/craftsy boutiques in one mall, and you have Etsy.

One of the features I really like about Etsy is that they have something called Etsy Treasuries. Anyone who’s registered can create a themed collection of their favorite items from various artisans on Etsy.  It’s fun to see the groupings and  also introduces you to items you might miss otherwise. Here’s one, that one of my paintings was included in today: Magic and Wonderment for 2011

My shop on Etsy