Creativity: Just Do It {5}

February 12, 2009

Broaden your horizons and challenge yourself is my chosen theme for this week’s creativity series. Want to talk about this for a moment? I hope so because I’m very eager to talk to you, get your feedback, and read your list of 10 things which I’ll get to in a moment. Okay, let’s get started.

I’m sure you’ll agree that most successful people today who make a positive contribution are creative thinkers who face challenge head on and allow themselves to explore, learn, and grow. Just look at Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, Steven Hawking, Russell Simmons, even Heidi Klum (who has quite an interesting bio), and you will see a theme. They do not give up on their dreams, they are not their own worst enemy, they broaden their horizons and challenges do not stop them.

Another noticeable point is that they were not an overnight success. Baby steps. Often we think we’re not doing something right if we’re not instantly successful. We often lose track of a simple truth: one shot wonders rarely last. Shooting stars tend to burn out the quickest. I’m a huge fan of slow and steady wins the race in many instances. Consistency, challenging yourself, growing strong roots, learning, there’s so much more to a full life and success that takes actual time to build. Broadening your horizons and challenging yourself are two ways to become a more creative thinker and a happier more well rounded person because the more exposure you have to new thoughts and ideas, the more thoughts and ideas you’ll have. The more you open yourself to new experiences. The more in tune you become to your needs, dreams, and expectations of yourself and others become clearer. The more you push yourself you will gain confidence and a clearer voice.

Often people attribute success to being at the right place at the right time. While I believe this does happen, I believe that it does not happen by chance as much as some may think. I believe it happens for one sure reason: the person was there to begin with. They put themselves out there. Basically what I’m saying is that by stepping onto that stage to sing (while simultaneously being discovered by the talent agent in the audience) they were ON the actual stage, they got up there, they made the move. Everything they had already done led up to that moment and by placing themselves there on that stage they were discovered. Onlookers may then call them an “overnight success” but not really. They had been in training for many years whether they realized it or not. Every success, every failure, every challenge, it all brought them to that moment.

One lady I truly respect in the design world is Marcia Zia, one-half of the creative husband and wife duo behind Zia-Priven Design in North Hollywood, California. You may recall when she sat in on our “What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do” series. If not, please read her inspirational and motivating words here. Marcia found her true calling as a sought-after lighting designer by following her own advice, “Taking classes in different fields was one of the greatest things that I ever did to find my direction,” she says. “When you discover your talents and where your creativity lies, inspiration will flow freely and the apprehension you once felt will dissolve into confidence and determination — Remember that your dreams are worth the time and the effort!”

How can you broaden your horizons? What do I mean by challenging yourself?

Here’s a good start. In the comments section below, because you are amongst friends here and I will certainly do the same, list 10 things that you want to learn more about. ANYTHING. There is NO wrong answer. These things do not have to be ones that you plan to do to earn a living, just list what you have a genuine interest in that perhaps you’ve put on the back burner for way too long.

After listing your ten things, ask yourself which one you are willing to commit to learning now. As in tomorrow. Note that in your comment here before everyone reading because it makes it real once on paper and out of your head.

Now it’s time to get started. Do some research and find a book, call a few of your contacts if someone you know has knowledge you want to tap into, enroll in a class, take an online workshop, sit in on a lecture, listen to a podcast (or several), do something that will enable you to learn about the one thing on your list of ten. Keyword being DO. If you like, take on the second and third and so on, but don’t get over zealous because that’s a nice way to fall flat and discourage yourself. Just take on what you can realizing that ONE is enough for now. Just get started, get moving, go forward, challenge yourself, broaden your horizons. Immerse yourself in inspiring new ideas and do not be afraid to challenge old ways of thinking. To borrow from Nike, Just Do It because you can do it.

So who wants to write their list and pick one from it that they will promise to look into further? C’mon, someone has to step up on the stage…

(image from holly becker for decor8)


  • Reply Avalon February 12, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    I will start with six things I would like to learn more about:

    1. Taking pictures with my Holga
    2. Current events
    3. Cooking new things
    4. Financial planning even though it freaks me out
    5. Flower arranging
    6. How to sew

    I will commit to figuring out which film to buy for my new camera tomorrow and researching how it works. I’ll take it with me to Marin this weekend on my Valentine’s trip with my husband and put it to good use.

    • Reply decor8 February 12, 2009 at 11:42 pm

      Avalon: GREAT. That’s a terrific list.

      Here is my list:

      1) Become a better interior stylist
      2) Grow as a photographer, #1 goal is to learn lighting!
      3) Become fluent in German
      4) Sign up for an online workshop because I’ve never experienced an online workshop before and I’m curious as to how these things work
      5) Shop ownership, the actual nitty gritty of it
      6) Mixed media techniques
      7) Cooking healthier, wheat-free meals

      I can only think of 7. For now, I’ll commit to #4 and get started on that right away. I already have a photography class in mind which would take care of #4 and part of #2.

  • Reply Heidi Jo O. February 12, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    I want to learn more about:
    1. Freelance writing
    2. Cooking with natural and animal-free ingredients
    3. Embroidery and ribbon embroidery
    4. Sewing (I haven’t done it in so long that I need a refresher!)
    5. Painting/distressing furniture
    6. Painting as in painting on a canvas
    7. Using the manual setting on my camera
    8. Jewelry design
    9. Crocheting
    10. Photoshop (of course I have to buy it first)

    I will commit to start working with the jewelry supplies I have to start exploring what I want to make. I have books that I can read about it. As soon as I am well, I commit to learning how to paint/distress furniture. I can’t put a date on that one yet though. : )

    Heidi Jo O.s last blog post: my V-DAY DEAL

  • Reply betz February 12, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    I would like to learn:
    1) some new ideas for healthy meals to make for my family
    2) how to organize and plan my business better
    3) how to plant a small veggie garden
    4) how to really use my camera’s features
    5) ways to teach my kids to consume less
    6) to do my own taxes
    7) how to crochet a hexagon blanket
    8) how to be a better writer
    9) to let go
    10) to remember to breathe

    ‘Tis the season for #2 and #6!

  • Reply feli February 12, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Here is mine

    1. be more confident with my photography
    2. learn how to make a dress from scratch
    3. become more in control of my spending
    4. expand my blog
    5. learn how to cook eat and pick healthier
    6. Submit my photos in a competition or exhibition.

    That is all I can think of at the moment. The ones I want to do most is Number 1 and 6.

    felis last blog post: Doggy Love…

  • Reply Bonnie February 13, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Here is my list of things I want to learn more about:

    1. knitting
    2. photography
    3. singing (or at least how not to sing badly!)
    4. starting a small business
    5. more about my husband (go away together for the weekend)
    6. patience
    7. get my drivers licence
    8. how to paint with oils
    9. German
    10. ceramics

    We’re heading into Autumn & Winter here in Australia, so I’m starting at the top of my list and committing to number 1.

    Bonnies last blog post: Things I love…

  • Reply sommer with an o February 13, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Great topic! I started a blog at the beginning of the year to track my way through my hefty “to do” list for 2009. So far so good, I have ticked the following off my list:

    1) Taking upholstery class
    2) Taken a photography class
    3) Designed a new blog
    4) Am in the process of making a craft room for myself in which to complete most of my other tasks : )

    my bloggity blog: http://www.sommerwithano.com

    sommer with an os last blog post: Jasmyn Loves Her Feet

  • Reply Liv February 13, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Here are mine so far!!

    1/To have the confidence to develop my line of jewelry and open an Etsy shop and maybe even website
    2/ To learn how to sew I am terrible at it!
    3/ To purchase a Lomo camera and learn how to use it
    4/ To complete my Interior Design course
    5/ To complete a small business course
    6/ To keep fit more often as I love it its just the getting going that takes the effort!
    7/ To regularly keep up my creative journal
    8/ To find a mentor who already has a successful jewelry design business

  • Reply Angela February 13, 2009 at 12:27 am

    OK, here is my list!

    1. Become fluent in German (just like your #3 Holly), I’m getting there…
    2. Learn Photoshop better
    3. Improve my photography skills
    4. Organize my entire house, starting with my daughter’s bedroom
    5. Put together a new catalogue
    6. Teach the dog to do a flip
    7. Fencing…as in “en garde”
    8. Make a great Margarita
    9. A new (jewelry) fabricating technique
    10. A great Crock Pot recipe to add to the list :)

    I will pick #5 to start on tomorrow because it’s an absolute necessity and I’m 1/2 way there :)

    Angelas last blog post: Circle of Life Earrings

  • Reply Lilie February 13, 2009 at 12:36 am

    My list:

    1. Become a better photographer; particularly product photography
    2. Learn more Illustrator and Photoshop skills
    3. Grow and take risks as a jewelry designer
    4. Take a yoga class
    5. Become more creative and engaging with my blog
    6. Re-learn how to drive

    I’m going to work on #1 by first researching what dslr camera I should own, and I might sign up for that online photography course mentioned here previously.

    Lilies last blog post: En Route for daphne

  • Reply lillie February 13, 2009 at 12:48 am

    love this idea.

    my ten topics of the moment to be explored:
    1. letterpress
    2. digital photography
    3. green urban planning
    4. frank lloyd wright
    5. jewish art history
    6. new media
    7. building an online business
    8. montessori theory of education
    9. making art from repurposed materials
    10. natural foods, cooking, baking

    a lot of different tracks! tomorrow i will work on #9. and over the long weekend, i may get to dig into a few more…

    thanks for the focused inspiration!

    lillies last blog post: keep calm & carry on

  • Reply Lexy February 13, 2009 at 12:57 am

    It might actually be good for me to write these things down and get them out of my head!

    I’d like to learn more about:
    1. What all those little symbols on my camera mean (!)
    2. Building furniture
    3. Metalwork – and welding.
    4. Lazer cutting
    5. Painting walls without them looking like my last attempt.
    6. How to sew. Anything.
    7. How to use Corel Painter.
    8. Cooking a wider range of meals. I love trying new recipes!
    9. Growing veggies/flowers, and keeping them all alive.
    10. Finding ways to incorporate some of the massive machinery in my fiance’s shed into my artwork. I’m sure something really cool could be made with some of it!

    I’m starting on number 8 tonight. Work my way up from the easiest. Maybe every Friday I’ll cook something new?

    Great post Holly. Now all the ideas are really rolling!

    Lexys last blog post: Back to this:

  • Reply Rachel May February 13, 2009 at 1:11 am

    I love this! You should check out “Dream It. List It. Do It.” by 43things.com. It’s a book that I picked up, but they have a website too.

    1. interior design.
    2. spanish.
    3. breakdancing.
    4. business.
    5. cooking healthy.
    6. web design.
    7. gardening.
    8. finances.
    9. photography.
    10. exercise.

    I’m going to pick business right now. I have the time right now to focus on my etsy website, work on new products, research my brains out, write a business plan and focus on better record keeping.

    Thank you!
    Rachel May

    Rachel Mays last blog post: Just Keep Knitting….

  • Reply Jacqueline February 13, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Here’s my list :
    1. Learn more about taking good pictures
    2. Learn about being gratitude of small things, the little things and the overlook blessings
    3. Learn more about creativity and inspiration
    4. Expand my blog, share more and try to make it worthwhile for people who takes the time out to come visit me
    5. Learn to use a sewing machine
    6. Learn more about embroidery
    7. Learn German language
    8. Sign up for online workshop for I have never experience one too

    That’s all I have for now.
    I’m committing to :
    #3 with visiting blogs such as yours here and Marisa of Creative Thursday and others, and from books like “This time i dance” by Tama J. Kieves
    #2, will start reading the book “Simple abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach
    #4, shared the inspiration I found from a great Oprah’s interview with author Sarah Ban Breathnach on my blog

    Thank you so much Holly, I’m really enjoying your creativity series and following them closely! Love to you! Have a lovely merry day!

    Jacquelines last blog post: My little pink book…

  • Reply Brooke February 13, 2009 at 1:22 am

    My list: (and I LOVE lists!)

    1- Learn another language. (which i’m currently attempting! Tonight I attended class#4)
    2- Draw more often and regularly update my etsy shop.
    3- Keep my apartment clean and bed made even when not expecting company… Because its the only way I can be creative.
    4- Practice/use/improve on my skills with Illustrator and InDesign.
    5- Craft again
    6- Finish my website and get it up and running already!
    7- Cook more. I have the books, now i just need to open them and use them!
    8- Learn to eat healthy and more organic.
    9- Take pilates.
    10- Learn to be confident. Not only in my artwork, but in myself as a person.

  • Reply Pinky February 13, 2009 at 1:36 am

    I want to learn how to…

    1) Set up one of those Internet Websites where they say you can earn thousands of dollars per day (Is this true anyway?)
    2) Cook healthily for my hubby and I.
    3) Converse in japanese.
    4) Edit using Final Cut Pro
    5) Put on my own no-make up make up
    6) Write a screenplay
    7) Play the Ukulele.
    8) Design fabric.
    9) Learn to dance the Hula.
    10) Learn to use Illustrator and Photoshop inside out.

    Pinkys last blog post: Aloha de Blues

  • Reply zoe chen February 13, 2009 at 1:37 am

    1. Oil painting
    2. English writing
    3. Photography
    4. Fabric knowledge
    5. On-line Marketing
    6. Spanish
    7. Playing piano
    8. Gardening
    9. How to tell a story
    10. Time management

    For me, #3 is easiest to start with because I know someone can teach me. ;)
    Thank you so much for this motivated post!

    zoe chens last blog post: 5 Illustrated note cards-Girafe and pig’s dancing/Happy hippopotamus/Cat and dog/Monsters wait in a line/Ogro

  • Reply Sandy February 13, 2009 at 1:38 am

    my list…

    1. Continue studying and playing poker
    2. Take lots of photos all the time and learn more about my cameras
    3. Learn more about baking and take a class
    4. Sew more.. and with practice, learn to be better/neater at it
    5. Keep up with my blog/creative journal
    6. Learn to speak Italian

    I think I’m going to focus on those right now.. #1, poker, has been my main focus for a long time now and it’s going well.. #3 I’m very excited about these days.. and on that note, I’m going to go ice my red velvet cupcakes!

  • Reply Erin February 13, 2009 at 1:42 am

    New commenter here. This is a great idea! I often tend to overthink these types things, so I’m going to try to do this off the top of my head:

    1. Photoshop (one of my new year’s resolutions)
    2. WordPress/CSS (the technical basics – to better edit my blog’s look)
    3. Build a fire in my never-been-used woodburning fireplace
    4. Shopping/treasure hunting around Seattle (my current city) – boutiques, shops I haven’t discovered, flea markets, antique stores, etc.
    5. Some great new music/artists for my ipod
    6. Enjoy the mental benefits of running (supposed to do a 1/2 marathon in June)
    7. How to shop for/cook some super easy, healthy dishes that I can build into a routine for myself. Literally baby steps here.
    8. When to bring in an expert – as a first time homeowner, I think I miss out on the potential for what could be by limiting myself to what I can do on my own in the limited time that I have.
    9. Take/keep track of more inspiration from blogs (now that Domino is leaving – sad!)
    10. Get back in the dance studio and try a new form of dance that I haven’t done much before (maybe latin or ballroom?)

    I’m #1, Photoshop, as the one to focus on first. I’ve already bought a few books and create projects for myself to slowly learn tools and tricks…so I guess it’s already in progress and I’m going to continue with it!

    Erins last blog post: Postcard memory from my dad (1991)

  • Reply Erin February 13, 2009 at 1:45 am

    And, um, I just re-read my comment and caught about 8 typos and missed words. Oops. I should add: #11 – Learn to get to bed at a normal time and get a full night of sleep!

    Erins last blog post: Postcard memory from my dad (1991)

  • Reply patricia February 13, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Great idea! I want to:
    1. Learn how to screen print (have always regretted not taking that class in college)
    2. Learn how to plan and grow a small vegetable garden
    3. Expand my cooking knowledge
    4. Learn another language – as a family (debating between French or German)
    5. Become a better (more confident) writer
    6. Take archery classes
    7. Learn to flamenco dance
    8. Learn how to make my own paper
    9. Improve my photography
    I can easily start with #3 and #8 sounds like a fun project for the weekend.

  • Reply Kristina February 13, 2009 at 2:06 am

    Here are my ten things that I want to learn:

    1. Art History thru Modern Age
    2. Writing non-fiction & fiction
    3. How to create spiritual environments
    4. Biology, because I love it and find it beautiful and amazing
    5. How to sew
    6. How to paint with watercolors
    7. How to speak Spanish
    8. Color theory
    9. What my true style is
    10. How to make friends

    I want to work on #4 and #10 for starters. I am hoping that I can make some friends just by beginning to actually comment on blogs instead of only reading them. I have been reading blogs for two years but have always felt like my comments do not matter. Well that is going to change! Also, I plan on listening to more TED talks to learn about new advances in biology.

  • Reply B February 13, 2009 at 2:36 am

    These are the things I want to learn more about:
    1. Be more creative with my photography
    2. American literature
    3. Take more risks with my writing
    4. Be more careful and responsible with my spending
    5. Dress making
    6. History of religions
    7. How to help from home the NGOs I worked with last year
    8. Improve my Italian
    9. Be more creative and committed to my blogs
    10. History of belly dancing, since I belly dance

    I have always had a problem with choosing, so I end up doing too much! I’m going to start writing for an hour every morning from Monday and try to be more creative with my photography, which the Unravelling course should help with.
    Thanks for suggesting this!

    Bs last blog post: British design

  • Reply pearllinds February 13, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Okay, here goes nothing – 10 things I want to learn more about:

    1. …CSS to make my blog (and my clients’ blogs) prettier!
    2. …what makes a good blog.
    3. Decorating and interior styling.
    4. Macromedia Fireworks.
    5. Dreamweaver.
    6. Advertising.
    7. Digital photography.
    8. Sewing/knitting/crocheting.
    9. Business ownership.
    10. Power-tools (I wish I was handier!).

    I’ve been working on #1 through my sister, lynda.com, and podcasts. I recently ordered the Domino Book on decorating, so there’s #3. I read a ton of blogs, so that covers #2. And this weekend I plan on working on #10 with my husband. I also sewed a pillow last weekend, which motivates me for #8. :)

    pearllindss last blog post: Dear Holly,

  • Reply Amber February 13, 2009 at 3:53 am

    What i really want to do:
    1. Submit my work to more galleries/exhibits
    2. learn how to make a website for my photography
    3. research art therapy, take more courses in psychology
    4. take ceramics classes again, really learn how to use the wheel
    5. start running outside, let go of the treadmill.
    6. Gather the courage to apply to grad school in NYC or SF.
    7. pick up my old manual camera again.
    8. finish the Fountainhead
    9. learn how to refurbish/reupholster old furniture
    10. organize artwork

    currently working on #1, will start working on #10 #3 and #8 this weekend

    Ambers last blog post: Cy Twombly Gallery, Houston, TX

  • Reply Bethany February 13, 2009 at 4:05 am

    My list:

    1. learn to quilt
    2. throw a cocktail party
    3. design my own stationary
    4. become a better photographer
    5. explore some creative writing
    6. learn about blogging
    7. learn more about Photoshop

    Your post couldn’t have come at a better time for me. For too long I’ve hung in the shadows, to afraid to make a move yet so sad because I know I’ve been missing out on living. So this morning, I finally did it – started that blog. It’s a small step, but a big one. Public failure is my ultimate fear. But really, who cares that I have no idea of what I’m doing? I’m learning. Who will judge if I put it out there in its incomplete, rough stage? Everything has a beginning. What does it matter if the only person who reads it is my mom? At least it will warm one person’s heart.

    Thanks Holly for being such an encouragement.

  • Reply cheryll February 13, 2009 at 4:06 am

    I want to take up photography lessons and interior designing lessons. I want to make everything around me beautiful.

  • Reply Hilary February 13, 2009 at 4:20 am

    Ok here goes,

    1. Decide on next embrodiery project
    2. Like many off you-figure out how to get the best out of my camera
    3. Learn how to use a sewing machine
    4. Stop overanalysing what to put on my fledgling blog
    5. Apply for that visual merchandising job when it starts recruiting in March
    6. Learn about screenprinting and letterpress

    For now i will commit to number 1 and purchase materials needed this weekend.
    As for number 5. thats quite a major thing….its a visual merchandising job for an interiors store and i would love LOVE to be able to do that…but with no formal training it will be an achievement in itself to even get an interview…but as you say above things don’t just happen, you’ve got to make them happen, or at least do your part, so what i CAN do is put absolutely everything i have into the application for it!

    Good luck everyone :)

    Hilarys last blog post: Joseph Joseph..Gimme Gimme

  • Reply Lisa February 13, 2009 at 4:57 am

    Here’s my list:
    1. more photoshop skills
    2. the art of papercutting
    3. ceramics
    4. how to make furniture
    5. to be a better writer (for the sake of my blog)
    6. how to use all the features of my DSLR
    7. how to schedule in more time for exercise
    8. how to crochet
    9. how to be a more confident speaker
    10. how to say no

    I am committing to start researching #2 over the weekend, and #7 & 10 will be something I’ll commit to now that will require ongoing focus for me to achieve.

    Lisas last blog post: I *Heart* Fridays: I *Heart* Girl of All Work

  • Reply Lizz February 13, 2009 at 5:42 am

    My list:
    1* Learn how to make a slipcover for furniture
    2* Learn how to professionally cut hair – I do now, but actually get some training or go to cosmetology school
    3* Learn to speak Wolof [language spoken here in Senegal]
    4* Look into how to start a business
    5* Learn to use the resources I have here to decorate with an african funky twist
    6* Find a hobby [besides shopping] that I can feel confident & good at
    7* Live simply

    Well, all I got is 7. Sheesh, and even that is overwhelming. Baby steps, right?!

    I am starting Wolof classes the first week of March, so that will be first to accomplish on my list!

  • Reply Clare February 13, 2009 at 6:32 am

    It is so interesting reading people’s lists. I have a few of the same things others have mentioned…

    1) improve my photography and experiment with all the camera settings
    2) get back in to learning French
    3) bake for my children’s lunches more
    4) start a journal
    5) write away to magazine about our products
    6) go to a pilates class
    7) plan my renovation
    8) doodle more
    9) do something creative that is not related to the business every week
    10) sew some clothes for my girls

    I thought I was going to find it hard to think of 10 things, but I could actually add a few more! These are a good start though.

    Clares last blog post: for our macho mondos…

  • Reply Denise Smith February 13, 2009 at 7:07 am

    I swear I am not copying. The first thing that popped into my head has been spoken for at least ten times!
    1) Buy an expensive camera and learn to use it.
    2) Learn to play guitar
    3) Improve sailing skills
    4) Enroll in George Mason University
    5) Pilates
    6) Learn about French wine regions
    7) Plan an actual trip to Chautauqua, NY with DATES
    8) Help my friend with his website/business idea
    9) Go to NYC seasonally. Write it on the calendar
    10) Create and commit to Wednesday Women’s business support group

    Phew! That was challenging. Yikes, Holly. I think you sabotaged my weekend because once I get on to something I tend to obsess. I have to be careful. Like I commented last Friday, I am producing a musical, which will have to be my obsession for the next 2 1/2 months.

    Thanks for making me get it out of the noggin!

    Denise Smiths last blog post: Pink in 1970

  • Reply Nicole February 13, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Here goes:
    1. Photoshop/ (improve at) Illustrator
    2. Further my drawing skills
    3. Pattern/Surface Design
    4. Hablo Spanish
    5. Picture Framing
    6. How to create my own website/HTML/CSS
    7. Color mixing
    8. Graphic Design/Typography
    9. Proper screenprinting
    10. Photography (staging and lighting)

    I’m committing to #1 and #2- I’ve bought books on Photoshop/ Illustrator and a friend gave me a tutorial- time to get cracking! Also, drawing (like most things) improves with practice, so I’ll commit to drawing/ sketching 30 minutes a day. I think these will help with #3 and #8 also, so it’ll have a cumulative effect!

  • Reply Maja February 13, 2009 at 8:04 am

    An inspiring post and a very good point. I guess we all tend to think and “research” too much instead of just “doing it.” Thank you for bringing it up.

    Here are some things on my mind right now:

    1. Take part in an architectural competition I spotted
    2. Improve my photography skills
    3. Start outdoor sketching again
    4. Learn Italian
    5. Get into the furniture design
    6. Explore some of the rich textile collections of Budapest
    7. Finally start my own blog and put things out to the open

    And since we have such a beautiful, sunny day today in Budapest I could take on that No. 3 and make a city walk with my sketchbook. And maybe a quick No. 4 with free BBC online language course in the evening and a visit to the textile museum this weekend. So, there it is :-)

  • Reply ROOM design studio February 13, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Lilie… LOL I like the ” Relearn how to drive ” part LOL

    1. be a good baker ..try new stuff..
    2. write a book with my own photography
    3. photography
    4. flower arrangement
    5. Salsa dance
    6. be a vintage art collector
    7. persue my oil painting skills
    8. i’d like to learn about the art of shop displays and window displays
    9. be a better sourcer
    10. learn to sketch better ( my sketching got really bad after I let it go with no practice)

    my husband , who is sitting next to me right now , also wants to participate in that:
    1. ride horses
    2. fly a real helicopter
    3. how to make a feasibiltiy study
    4. salsa dancer
    5. learn french
    6. martial arts
    7. memorize the Holy Quran
    8. sword fighting
    9.take the advance Scuba Diving license
    10. learn how to sketch

    ROOM design studios last blog post: All You Need is Love , My Love!

  • Reply Anna @ D16 February 13, 2009 at 8:51 am

    My list is short, and is less about education than it is about what there is to gain from certain experiences. Here’s what I’m trying to do more of:

    1. Spend more time with my siblings and their children.

    2. Volunteer locally with Habitat For Humanity.

    3. Take a little time each week to work on a design project that I’m not getting paid for.

    That’s it, and it’s a lot.

    Anna @ D16s last blog post: Go Ask Anna.

  • Reply Jessie February 13, 2009 at 8:53 am

    I love these Creative Thursday articles! I have found myself journaling and creating more artwork centered around the ideas listed here.
    My Top Eleven List:
    1. Collage
    2. Painting- watercolor, acrylic and oils
    3. Printmaking
    4. Neuropsychology
    5. Papermaking
    6. Running my own business
    7. Brain development
    8. Illustration
    9. Travel/Other cultures
    10. Yoga
    11. Free-lance writing

    (I’m an art therapist hence the psychology/art interests!)

  • Reply Melanie K. February 13, 2009 at 9:13 am

    1. Spanish (does learning a new language count? I guess it does!)
    2. graphic design
    3. working with wax
    4. how to choose color better
    5. take better photographs
    *6. sew, embroidery, knit
    7. wood working
    8. karate
    9. yoga
    10. tie a bow

  • Reply diana strinati baur February 13, 2009 at 9:21 am

    1. Learn more about soil content to grow better plants in the gardens.
    2. Become a better photographer (yes, lighting).
    3. Learn photoshop inside and out.
    4. Vary the breakfasts at the B&B more this year.
    5. Learn how to do a really cool cement floor.
    6. Nail the advanced grammar I am missing in Italian. I did it in German — I KNOW I can do it in Italian if I apply myself.
    7. Get an Esty and Dawanda shop going with my ceramic art.
    9. I would love to learn to blacksmith.
    10. I would love to make lamps out of my ceramics with friend who is a lighting designer.

    phew. holly. man. I be sweating already :)

    diana strinati baurs last blog post: Berry and Brown Sugar Muffins

  • Reply diana strinati baur February 13, 2009 at 9:23 am

    one last thing. Learn how to count to 10… :) I skipped #8 which should have been learn how to lay tiles really well.

    diana strinati baurs last blog post: Berry and Brown Sugar Muffins

  • Reply Kelly February 13, 2009 at 9:29 am

    1. To learn how to use all the awesome tools on photoshop
    2. Financial Planning (this does not excite me at all!)
    3. Learn Mixed Media techniques (take class or buy book?)
    4. Explore illustration (class?)
    5. Learn how to sew/embellish my own clothes to make them new again
    6. To become even better at oil painting (take class in the fall)
    7. Become better at designing/ decorating, starting with my own space.
    8. Learn how to promote my artwork in my community
    9. Participate in a craft/art show (doing one in wisconsin in May with one of my friends!)

    I have nine. I love this idea and it helped me to focus in on some skills/activities that I really want to work toward. Thanks so much for doing this series on how to tap into your creativity!

    Kellys last blog post: Facebook can’t live with it

  • Reply Cindy February 13, 2009 at 9:33 am

    1- Wireless network, all the nasty details about connection and security
    2- Photo editing, more sophisticated than “red eye correction”
    3- Using my camera-it can do so much more than I know how to make happen
    4- Blogging – just started this last November and luv it
    5- I would really like to find my mojo-a creative activity that would provide a financial foundation for me
    6- Clothing and pattern design, have been sewing and making patterns forever and still so much to learn
    7- How to slow down, focus and be satisfied. I want it all ….now
    8- Design careers. What is available as viable income producing work and how that fits with my abilities.
    9- Volunteer opportunities – so many need help – what can I do
    10- Yoga – for physical and mental health

    I am going to keep working on 4 and 8 by committing an hour each day to reading and searching out blogs by people active in creative endeavors. I am learning so much!
    Thanks for the exercise………I am saving this list so I can track my progress.

    Cindys last blog post: Link to youtube video on making a scarf

  • Reply Adrienne February 13, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Okay- this is my first time contributing to this series, so I’m excited :) Here’s my 8:

    1. Learn more about photography so I can fully utilize my digital SLR
    2. Utilizing a sewing machine to make my own items, not necessary clothes but pillowcases, bags, etc.
    3. Gardening, first I’d need a yard though- not happening in my 4th floor walk up!
    4. Yoga & Pilates
    5. Become a stronger swimmer, maybe even look forward to doing it
    6. Strategic HR, I want to strengthen myself in that area of my work
    7. Financial planning and budgeting.
    8. Slowing down, being able to keep myself in check better

    Okay- there we go. I’m already working on 7 and this training season I will definitely work on 4 & 5. Just to make sure I’m going to copy this list and hang it somewhere prominent :)
    This weekend I’m going to work on #1- do some research and take my camera out for some walks!

    Adriennes last blog post: You next to me

  • Reply Terriaw February 13, 2009 at 9:36 am

    This is a great way for us to make our goals public and seem more achievable!
    1. learn to design
    2. learn to draw
    3. improve my writing/journalism
    4. open an etsy shop
    5. improve my photography
    6. learn to speak a second language
    7. learn more about art
    8. learn about planting a vegetable garden
    9. learn about creative/writing jobs
    10. learn how to use Photoshop and Illustrator

    I have committed to #1 because I am in a design fundamentals class at the technical college, and I will commit to #3 because I need to find a more creative job, which is my #9. Yippee!

    Terriaws last blog post: It’s Thursday and I Heart Art

  • Reply Allison February 13, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Only seven came to mind for the moment ….
    1. learn to ballroom dance (I loved it when we did it in gym in elementary school)
    2. improve my french (I can manage, but living in Montreal I should really take advantage of the opportunity to become fluent)
    3. learn to oil paint (I have all the supplies, I’ve just been putting it off because I found it difficult when I first was learning it in high school and involves lots of cleanup …)
    4. learn how to make a souffle (people say it’s hard, but my mom used to make them as the quick throw-together supper and said it’s really easy)
    5. learn a full yoga routine (I do half a routine most mornings because it’s all I learnt)
    6. learn how to do still-life photography (so it doesn’t just look like “stuff”)
    7. find my own drawing style (and embrace it, without wishing it was more like what I admire in others)
    8. learn to quilt (this will have to happen eventually since I’m sewing together a patchwork quilt top)
    9. learn to sew a dress (I have an unfinished one that was too tricky a pattern for a beginner)
    10. learn to be calmer and not get so stressed out (not sure where to begin on this one…)

    I am going to commit to #4 and ask my Mom to teach me when she next visits!

    Allisons last blog post: A Fabric Scrap Drawstring Bag

  • Reply Allison February 13, 2009 at 9:58 am

    oop, yes I can count, but I decided to think up 3 more and there was no “preview” option. :P

    Allisons last blog post: A Fabric Scrap Drawstring Bag

  • Reply daisy janie : scoutie girl February 13, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Good one, Holly!
    1. learn how to spin a pizza
    2. learn swing dancing
    3. become a better picture taker
    4. take another drawing class
    5. sew sundresses and tanktops

    I will focus on #1 and #5.

    daisy janie : scoutie girls last blog post: tough as nails

  • Reply Shashi February 13, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I’d like to learn to:
    1. Illustrate/draw
    2. Use a Gocco for my wedding invites
    3. Photography
    4. Grow herbs and veggies
    5. Wallpaper at least one wall in my house!
    6. Reupholster (chairs would be great, but I’d love to make a headboard for my bed)
    7. Use photoshop
    8. Learn to drive (although I don’t mind putting this one off)
    9. Cook french food really really well
    10. Learn to balance what I want for my wedding with everyone else’s needs and do it in a gracious and relaxed manner

    Shashis last blog post: I *heart* benjamin moore

  • Reply Karalee Serra February 13, 2009 at 10:19 am

    My list:

    2. more about pr/marketing myself and the boy – http://www.thegreyblanket.com
    3. gardening – last year was my first shot at taking care of the whole outdoors by myself, i’m ready to do more than mow the lawn and weed
    4. how to remove myself from the computer
    5. a little more patience/stress release
    6. how to tackle an e-commerce shopping cart system and actually make it look good.
    7. how to network all my computers together
    8. to ask for help when i need it
    9. more recipes – i really like trying new dishes out
    10. how to approach stores with my work and the boy’s without too much fear

    Karalee Serras last blog post: Moss Belt Buckle

  • Reply Karalee Serra February 13, 2009 at 10:20 am

    oh and I’m going to start by focusing on 2 and 9…cause good food always makes me happy :)

    Karalee Serras last blog post: Moss Belt Buckle

  • Reply Lindsey February 13, 2009 at 10:22 am

    1) Learn to sew
    2) Take bettery photographs
    3) Speak Spanish
    4) Proficiency in AutoCad
    5) Interior Design
    6) Using Photoshop
    7) Letterpress
    8) Starting my own business
    9) Architecture – Enivronmental Design
    10) Green Roof Design

    I think I will start with #6 – I bought photoshop but still have yet to use it. Nothing like the present! Thanks for the inspiration Holly.

  • Reply Heather February 13, 2009 at 10:27 am

    10 Things I Want to Learn More About ..

    1. Letterpress printing for my custom invitations – either find somewhere to outsource or learn to do myself
    2. Sewing with my untouched sewing machine
    3. Photography – specifically taking good photos of products
    4. Learn to play guitar – I’ve already mastered Guitar Hero – now I want the real thing! LOL
    5. Running a SUCCESSFUL business instead of scrounging by
    6. Find viable markets for my creative writing
    7. Learn more about web design
    8. Bookkeeping – I’m allergic to math
    9. Screenprinting
    10. Container gardening – until I have a yard, then regular gardening :)

    I actually could have gone on and on and on with this list, so it was helpful to limit myself to 10. I think I will start with #5 and #7 as they will work hand in hand as I develop/design my website to take my business to the next level. I’m a graphic designer by trade, but mostly for print, so my web skills are a bit lacking.

    I will post this list on my bulletin board as a reminder to keep learning! Thanks!

  • Reply molly February 13, 2009 at 10:37 am

    1. Improve my photography skills
    2. Learn to knit
    3. Expand block printing skills to printing on fabric
    4. Explore creative writing
    5. Learn to sew slipcovers
    6. Learn more about marketing
    7. Learn to the art of making terrariums
    8. Improve my home / office organization skills
    9. Figure out an excercise routine I enjoy and can stick to
    10. Re-learn calligraphy

    I have a project planned for #3, so that will be the first for me to focus on.

    mollys last blog post: January thaw… in February

  • Reply Molly S. February 13, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Let’s see…

    1. Re-learn HTML/XHTML
    2. Hone my photography skills
    3. Learn Adobe Illustrator/further hone graphic design skills
    4. Figure out how to do metalwork in a small apartment (and do so inexpensively)
    5. Manage money better
    6. Silence the overly zealous internal critic
    7. Be a better blogger
    8. Grow fresh herbs in an apartment
    9. Research graphic design degree programs
    10. Learn how to properly run a small business

    I’m already working on #6, so I’ll commit to that one along with #2, since photography is a passion of mine which I have only recently rediscovered.

    Time to write all of this down in my journal!

  • Reply Bethany S February 13, 2009 at 10:47 am

    1. Learn CSS and finalize one concept for my blog
    2. Be brave enough to go back to school for design (already applied; just waiting and hoping for courage to kick in.)
    3. Learn to like myself, or at least not let my insecurity get in the way with of my success.
    4. InDesign up to snuff; it’s my least used CS program
    5. All things sewing and knitting…dying to know (class at Gauge in Austin)
    6. Furniture reupholstery (there’s a class at Spruce in Austin)
    7. How to paint a room w/o having it look like a 3 year old did it.
    8. Interior design basics and layouts
    9. Read all the classics (started Anna Karenina last night)
    10. Get finances and body back into shape (both will take a while, both are related struggles)

  • Reply Ann Marie February 13, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Here is my list. This series just keeps getting better and better!

    1) Vegan cooking
    2) Photography (photo styling)
    3) Upholstery
    4) Sewing for the home
    5) LEED certification
    6) Knitting
    7) Learn to use Illustrator
    8) Running an on-line business
    9) Tap dancing :)
    10) Playing Bridge (doing this now)

    Right now I’m learning to cook vegan, so since I’ve already started that one it will be focus for now.

    Holly – this series has already inspired me to start a new journey. I posted about it on my blog yesterday, and started a new blog in its honor at http://www.pastedpages.blogspot.com.


  • Reply Noelle February 13, 2009 at 10:56 am

    1. Get out of my comfort zone (taking the e-course “unravelling…” which I learned about here:)
    2. Knitting (finally started learning over the holidays)
    3. Guitar
    4. Painting/watercolor
    5. De-clutter! (I feel like my stuff is weighing me down in many ways, it stifles creativity)
    6. Become a more savvy business person
    7. Volunteer
    8. Photography/lighting (seems to be quite common!)
    9. Grow a beautiful perennial garden
    10. Get involved.

    Noelles last blog post: ACEO – 90027 – California Series

  • Reply Sheila D February 13, 2009 at 11:14 am

    1. Speak, read & write Japanese
    2. Interior design. That includes lighting, making layouts, space organizing
    3. Revamp furniture (furniture face lifts, reupholster furniture)
    4. Printing techniques
    5. Learn more about green stuff & learn how to live green, including how to plant organic veggies (to have an organic farm)
    6. Book binding
    7. Use/incorporate more Indonesian traditional design resource & elements in my creative work
    8. Garden landscape and get familiar with types of plants and how to take care of them
    9. To create inspiring blog like yours Holy, and find my very own true style
    10. Learn to become a better entrepreneur and expand my business
    (as betz mentioned: organize and plan business better)

    I actually have a hard time limiting my list. I have at least 20 right now, including mixing drinks that so far no one has mentioned. Also learn types of coffee, wines, sake, tea, learn canvas painting, dive… and so on, and so on..
    I’m tapping on #4 right now, started reading Printing by Hand by Lena Corwin. Great book by the way. I’m also gonna start taking pictures regularly, which going to benefit #7 and #9 at the same time. Also pay close attention to lighting (#2) wherever I go.

    Thank you Holly for the inspiring post. I also have written my journal for 2 weeks now (:

  • Reply Sarah February 13, 2009 at 11:24 am

    1. Improve my photography skills (this includes taking the time to print photos rather than just storing them on the computer)
    2. Learn Spanish (just completed class #3)
    3. Learn to play the guitar
    4. Learn to play the harmonica
    5. Grow a veggie garden
    6. Improve my flower gardens – plant new things and learn how to effectively & naturally deter deer, squirrels, insects…
    7. Organize a craft room in the basement into a creative, inspiring space
    8. Design & make notecards
    9. Learn embroidery
    10. Learn to make soap

  • Reply Kara February 13, 2009 at 11:33 am

    1. explore watercolor painting more
    2. really learn how to use my new digital SLR camera and improve my photography!
    3. Learn how to make candy (salted caramels!!!)
    4. Go opal mining (lifetime dream)
    5. re-do furniture
    6. start a Flickr account
    7. cook one new recipe a week!
    8. learn to market myself better
    9. learn how to improve and personalize my blog layout
    10. improve and expand my illustration style

    Thanks Holly! These are such great and inspiring posts! Kara

    Karas last blog post: Illustration Friday- “time”

  • Reply Kathleen February 13, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Here’s my list!

    1. Gardening (veggies and landscaping)
    2. Screenprinting (at home)
    3. Traveling
    4. Photography
    5. Styling
    6. Organization
    7. Nutrition & Health
    8. Interior Design
    9. Make up design
    10. Happiness

    Kathleens last blog post: Friday the 13th

  • Reply Kara February 13, 2009 at 11:40 am

    It is amazing how so many of us have the same goals and dreams!
    I forgot to mention what I was going to focus on…
    I recently opened an Etsy shop, which was my goal for the New Year.
    (kphillips.etsy.com) and adding new items on a regular basis is also one of my goals. (includes my photography goal)
    I think that my choice from my new list is #10, to improve and expand my illustration.
    I can’t wait till the weekend begins to get started! I cleaned my studio this week, so I will be ready to go!

    Karas last blog post: Illustration Friday- "time"

  • Reply kerri j. February 13, 2009 at 11:42 am

    thanks Holly, this is so inspirational…

    a few things I’d like to do, i think about, but have been putting off…

    1. learn to play Redemption Song on my guitar. (I have a guitar, but haven’t touched it in a year).
    2. learn how to take a better close up photo to improve my website.
    3. learn the correct techniques for singing, i sing (in the car), but it doesn’t sound too good.
    4. practice yoga 5 days a week, even if it’s just for 20 mins.
    5. carve out time every day with each of my pets loving them one on one, instead of just feeding them and giving them a quick pet.

    today, i’ll fool around with the camera manual and, perhaps, dust off the guitar over the weekend and grab the beginner’s book off the shelf, love the cats and dogs for a few minutes and do a little vinyasa flow. :)

    kerri j.s last blog post: be mine. voodoo doll. mardi gras. new orleans. necklace.

  • Reply Nihal February 13, 2009 at 11:44 am

    This is such fun as I am serious list maker. I list every thing even my favorite male names and vegetables and so on. Whats more exciting is having all of you all here girls as I can never come across with ladies who have same interests as myself. Our goals are more or less the same.

    1-Go to bed early and get up before sun rises.
    2-Tidy my house and prepare all my dinner before noon.
    3-Have home made desert all the time in my fridge.
    4-Walking in the mornings with my husband at least 3 times a week.
    5-Have my home and every single corner of it tidy; by not leaving any point that my hand did not touch to make it more beautiful.
    6-Learn to limit myself as why do I want to learn web designing as I am really not interested in technical stuff.
    7-Learn Japanese(I live in Japan)
    8-Become a regular reader.
    9-Using a camera
    10-Learn how to draw
    11-To earn my own money at least once in my life! (Work at an interior design office here in Tokyo, as I studied interior design but haven’t practiced yet)
    12-Design and sew my own clothes and have my own style.

    My list goes on for ever with more or less the same as other ladies including opening an Etsy shop. Doing all my crafty projects that keeps popping up to my mind all the day.
    I guess I am already doing photography as I always take photo so I am always learning. I am trying for all of it I guess but I will start with sketching daily as I do with knitting to finish my rug.

    Nihals last blog post: Valentine’s Day Ideas #2

  • Reply kerri j. February 13, 2009 at 11:50 am

    lol at #40

    kerri j.s last blog post: be mine. voodoo doll. mardi gras. new orleans. necklace.

  • Reply Andy Mathis February 13, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I have to laugh just a little at #9- Angela-s #7
    Teach the dog to do a flip.


    Andy Mathiss last blog post: Roxie and Tillie- Boston Terriers

  • Reply Aimee February 13, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I want to learn more about:
    1. Sewing
    2. Web Design
    3. Photography
    4. More Copy Writing-(just had some things published in a cookbook!)
    5. Interior design, space planning
    6. Being and Entreprenuer (via etsy)
    7. Organic, Green Living
    8. Digital Scrapbooking
    9. More blogging!!
    10. Time Management and Organization

    I am going to pick two right now because they go hand in hand, #10 and #6 since they have both been in the front of my mind (since December!!)

    Aimees last blog post: warm and fuzzies should be FREE!

  • Reply Ashley February 13, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    1. Take a woodworking class and build a built-in bench seat or book shelf!
    2. Master sewing and start making my own window treatments
    3. Learn to bake a real loaf of bread-bakery style!
    4. Balance my checkbook
    5. Learn HTML and CSS
    6. Take a walk every day
    7. Get in touch with old friends
    8. Trace my family genealogy
    9. Learn to Golf
    10. Learn to make Fresh Pasta

    I am going to start with no. 2. I just had my sewing machine tuned up and I think it is time I signed up for some more sewing classes. I know some basics about sewing, but need to start practicing and doing it more! Thank you for this wonderful topic…

    Ashleys last blog post: Darling Pin Cushions!

  • Reply Valerie February 13, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    This is a great idea!

    1. Be a better writer/blogger
    2. learn time management skills
    3. Painting
    4. learn to etch metal
    5. Better computer skills
    6. Figure out how to have a clean house without having to clean it
    7. live greener
    8. Exercise
    9. Travel
    10. Read more

    Valeries last blog post: Thursday’s Thought’s

  • Reply Michelle Ward | When I Grow Up February 13, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    1. Learn how to update my website myself
    2. Learn how to make my apartment pretty
    3. Learn some solid organization techniques – and implement them!
    4. Learn some new coaching tools/questions
    5. Learn what I need to do to make my business all legal
    6. Learn how to cook more than 2 mediocre dishes
    7. Learn how to create a great workspace for myself
    8. Learn how to help my husband make furniture, with limited space/resources
    9. Learn how to take more “me” time – and implement it!
    10. Learn the best way for me to network my business

    I have to admit, I loved Marcia’s interview & I’m scared to get sucked into the series archive! Have a feeling I know what I’m doing today…..

    Michelle Ward | When I Grow Ups last blog post: Freakin’ (Great Links) Friday: Installment 14

  • Reply sidsel_._ February 13, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Holly and all the rest
    Nr. 1 on everyones list shopuld be to watch this talk by Elizabeth Gilbert.

    have a great weekend!

    sidsel_._s last blog post: Feels like spring

  • Reply Kaitlyn February 13, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    1- learn to do my taxes better! i’m probably missing out on something somewhere
    2- grow some more patience. i’m not horrible, but i’ve been better; i’m sure there’s a way to learn to be better
    3- learn letterpressing; the results are beautiful and i’d love to know how it’s done
    4- yoga. to go to a class and not be intimidated by the names of the moves!
    5- how to create a website for my artwork; this may be a year or so out, but it’s definitely on the list
    6- how to cook; i make the basics, but it’d be fun to have a few tricks and surprises up my sleeves!
    7- learn how to make some prints of my work; there seem to be so many options, i’ve got to narrow it down and do some research
    8- i’d love to learn more about photo styling; i’ve never seen a class offered for this, but there’s got to be something out there (besides playing around on your own, which i should do more of too)
    9- how to speak in public/in front of others, better. i’m being hard on myself, but i’d love to learn to project myself in a more concise way, verbally, on the spot.
    10- balance/learn my finances a little better. i feel uneducated in this category- ohh the things they SHOULD teach you in college & High school!

    This was fun to think about Holly, thanks!

    #4 will happen soon (once a foot injury heals), it’s way past time! i’m committing to #9 for a short term goal!

    Kaitlyns last blog post:

  • Reply Dana February 13, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Oh Holly, how inspiring!! My last post was about how I quit my job today to become a freelance writer!! Here is my list:
    1. Writing for several magazines as a freelance
    2. Writing fab posts for opendeco.es
    3. Knitting something for my nephew
    4. Making a scrapbook
    5. Translate a lovely magazine
    6. Reading the amazingly inspiring decor8 :)

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Danas last blog post: Open Deco

  • Reply Laura February 13, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks once again, Holly, for your inspiring words! Here are the things I want to learn more about:

    1. Sewing for the Home
    2. Dance – especially swing dancing & ballet
    3. Innovators: free-thinkers throughout history
    4. Freelance Writing
    5. Web Design
    6. Writing Children’s Books – both nonfiction & fiction
    7. Photography
    8. Boxing – like, just techniques using bags, not actual fighting. I think it would feel really empowering!
    9. French – I took it in school, but I would love to work towards fluency
    10. Cooking – especially baking yeasted breads

    Most of the things on my list are topics that I have been wanting to explore for *ages* yet have done nothing about. Thank you for pushing us to take a first little step!

    I’m going to take the “easy” route & start with #10, Cooking: Tomorrow I will pick out 2 new recipes to try this week & buy all of the ingredients: maybe a pizza and some sort of tasty little rolls.

    …and I could also pick up a copy of “My So-Called Freelance Life” by Michelle Goodman, to get a jump on #4 while my bread is baking :) – it looks like a fabulously inspiring read.

    Lauras last blog post: Cheerful Nursery Tour

  • Reply Magchunk February 13, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    This is great. I want to learn more about:

    1. Interior Design certificate/classes
    2. freelance writing
    3. blogging
    4. blog promotion
    5. photography
    6. sewing
    7. baking
    8. upholstery–I’d love to be able to do my own!
    9. personal finance…
    10. local music.

    I commit to accomplishing #1 this weekend. I just requested info from the Art Institute and am looking into more Seattle schools. Thanks for the boost!

    Magchunks last blog post: Valentine’s Day Fashion

  • Reply Jillian February 13, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    1. Photography
    2. Retail Management (running a shop)
    3. Interior Design
    4. Sewing
    5. Metal smithing & PMC
    6. Blogging
    7. Classical Cooking
    8. Woodworking
    9. Mixed Media Painting
    10. Yoga

    #5 – I am signed up for both a metal smithing class and a PMC class.

    I loved reading everyone’s lists.

  • Reply Gail McMeekin February 13, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    As a creativity coach, it’s fun to tune into my own creative process too on a regular basis. At the moment, I’d like to learn more about:
    1) watercolor painting techniques
    2) painting on tiles
    3) spas to run women’s creativity groups at
    4) creativity blogs
    5) producing inspirational cards
    6) spiritual practices
    7) marketing a second e-book
    8) getting my book The 12 Secrets of Highy Creative Women into more colleges and art schools
    9) travel in the US National Parks
    10) setting up an affiliate program for my website

    I am reading creativity blogs today and creating my Creative Courage cards for starters.

  • Reply rowena February 13, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    1. silver smithing
    2. making resin jewelry
    3. how to get a grant
    4. how to start a business
    5. how to drive
    6. encaustic painting
    7. how to get an agent/publisher
    8. how to sew
    9. how to actually finish all the way, revision and everything, a novel.
    10. how to take better photos.

    okay, I’m going to tackle #9 right now by setting up my printer and printing out the 100 pages of my revision that I have so far. I think that would make me happy, but with all the comments here, no one will ever call me on it.

    he he. I’m hiding.

    rowenas last blog post: Lena Corwin Wedding

  • Reply Kristen February 13, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    1. Be less afraid to create
    2. Photography (lighting and composition)
    3. Digital scrapbooking
    4. Gluten free, sugar free baking
    5. Knitting/Crochet
    6. InDesign
    7. Screenprinting
    8. Time management
    9. Volunteering
    10. Be more realistic about my expectations of myself

    Thanks for this post! It brought me out of commenting lurkdom and made me put into “writing” what’s been floating around in my head for a while now.

    #4 I’ve been doing this for a little over a year, but there’s still so much more to learn

    #7 I have a kit, Printing by Hand by Lena Corwin, and lots of bookmarked sites…now I just need to design something to print.

    Kristens last blog post: Studio on Fire Design & Letterpress

  • Reply Camille February 13, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    10 things I would like to learn more about:

    1. starting a business
    2. designing websites
    3. sewing
    4. PR and marketing
    5. Photography lighting
    6. moving to another country
    7. staying organized
    8. fixing a letterpress
    9. grad schools
    10. jewelry making

    I’m off to get started on number 9….

  • Reply Allison February 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I love when the stars align and the world seems to be mysteriously supporting your plans … relating to my commitment this morning to learn to make a souffle, The Kitchn just happened to post a story about making souffles this afternoon: http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/projects/weekend-project-make-a-souffleacute-076491

    how nice is that?

    Allisons last blog post: A Fabric Scrap Drawstring Bag

  • Reply lindsay February 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    ? Gardening, beyond lettuce and tomatoes
    ? Build a greenhouse with my husband from salvaged materials
    ? Learn way more about Photoshop
    ? Raise chickens in the city
    ? Paint more often, using new media
    ? Sew items for my etsy shop— something I’ve wanted to do for a long time! I stitched up my first softies last night, so so so fun!!!
    ? Make my own shaving cream
    ? Bake the perfect homemade bruschetta
    ? Grow, harvest, and dry my own chamomile leaves for tea.
    ? Learn to properly use a drill

    #6 I just finished, most of the others are in the works…now where to get those chickens from?

    lindsays last blog post: Strum the guitar…

  • Reply Stephanie F February 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    This is such a fantastic post–really the who series has been great so far but this is the first one I’ve actually commented on because it really struck me.

    I want to learn more about:

    1. Sewing something more than a pillow.
    2. Marketing and promoting my artwork
    3. Becoming a better writer–a skill that I once possessed but lost at some point after college
    4. Designing for textiles
    5. Illustrator–there’s still a lot I want to learn about it.
    6. Photography and styling–specifically in regards to my own little corner of the internet, my Etsy shop.
    7. Cooking for my super picky tastes
    8. Networking–sort of like #2, but something I’ve sensitive about because I’m pretty shy.
    9. Knitting–I tried it once and gave up pretty quickly.
    10. Salvaging and refinishing awesome vintage furniture.

    For now, I’ve got plans to start working more on #2 and #8 since they are related.

    Best of luck to everyone else in getting started!

    Stephanie Fs last blog post: Sketches and Bunnies

  • Reply Janelle February 13, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    It occurred to me reading these lists with everyone’s great ideas that a lot of us already know something about one of these topics. For example, I wouldn’t say I’m a Photoshop genius, but I use it all the time and I feel like I can usually do what I’m trying to do with it. Same goes for sewing: I’m far from the best seamstress but I’ve learned some tricks that make it work for me. Any time I get a compliment on a bag or skirt or pair of pants (you know, trousers) I’ve made, I always tell people how much fun it is to sew your own. And of course, as an art major who just finished school in December, I’ve done a fair amount of drawing and painting (oils and watercolors).

    Is there some way of connecting someone like me to the people who have listed something we know a bit about? I thought about e-mailing people individually until I saw the size of the list and I imagine there are a lot of people reading who didn’t leave a comment.


    Janelles last blog post: Moss and lichens

  • Reply juliette February 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    1. I’ve always wanted to nail down the Hebrew language.
    2. Sewing
    3. Cello – did a year in middle school, loved it, then we moved and it was forgotten, but I like the idea of it.
    4. Ballroom dancing – to be able to dance with my hubby who’s a fabulous dancer.
    5. German verbs/cases. I’m so stuck. It’s annoying b/c I want to be able to freely write in German, and I can’t b/c of the stupid verbs/cases!
    6. Freelance writing.
    7. Art therapy
    8. Non-profit management
    9. Photoshop
    10. Painting with watercolors, gosh it’s so soppy when I do it and I just want to know some techniques!

    I’ll be working on my German skills first since it’s a real priority with living here in Germany, but I’m going to actually get a private tutor. Really.

  • Reply Kate February 13, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I want to learn…

    1. to teach science… as in, get my license – sooner than later
    2. to telemark ski better
    3. about the rainforest and do research in a tropical environment
    4. to be happier with what I’ve got
    5. how to sew… or re-learn, I guess… home ec. just didn’t cut it
    6. to bake delicious treats like my aunt Pat
    7. how to keep my herb garden alive
    8. how to budget for the long term
    9. what is best way to take care of my finicky skin
    10. tricks that impress people at parties/ social gatherings i.e. how to open a bottle with your teeth… how to flip your ski off and catch it…

    I think it’s time for me to commit to finding a faster way of getting my teaching license. I am on the slow track to becoming a teacher, taking graduate classes at night while working full time. I think I could be the most creative and fun biology teacher ever and I am really excited about it. I can’t wait four years, so it’s time to take a risk and make a plan to get things done… which might mean becoming even more poor and racking up more debt in this very scary economy…uggg.. this is going to take some very careful planning…

  • Reply robert alejandro February 13, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    reading the comments, i realize we all SO alike!

    1. Learn to focus.

    2. Learn Laser cutting.

    3. Learn After Effects (animation program).

    4. Learn more about how to blog (by actually blogging)!

    5. Learn (eventually) working with a plasma cutter / metal work.

    6. Learn to keep healthy (and STOP getting sick)!

    7. Learn to discipline myself (keep exercising).

    8. Learn to relax and enjoy the moment.

    9. Learn to quiet myself (and draw).

    10. Learn to dress better (my least priority).

    i’ll start with number one because I can’t get anywhere without the focus
    – BUT I won’t stress myself over it.

    I love this! :-)

    robert alejandros last blog post: From Laos to Cambodia – with a stopover at Bangkok, Thailand

  • Reply Mariss February 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Thanks, Holly, for your wonderful attitude and easy way of inspiring others!

    Here is my list:
    1. Furniture Refurbishing / Upholstery
    2. Baking bread
    3. Experiment more with art
    4. Really learn Spanish
    5. Sell illustrations and stationary on Etsy
    6. Take a printmaking or silkscreen class
    7. Oil paint
    8. Embroidery
    9. Take better care of my body
    10. Volunteer and help young people learn to take better care of their finances

    I will commit immediately to baking a loaf of bread once a month, experimenting with my watercolors 5 x per week, and finishing my book on health!

    Marisss last blog post: I Heart Calaveras

  • Reply jess gonacha February 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Ooooh, this is so fun!!

    OK, here’s my list of things i want to learn more about:

    1. how to make computer animations
    2. how to knit arm warmers
    3. traveling to Iceland
    4. how to let go of fear around money
    5. try pilates
    6. the Law of Attraction
    7. how to make my hair super shiny
    8. how to screen print
    9. learn more about herbal medicine
    10. learn about how/why acupuncture works

    What a great post, Holly! Thanks!

    jess gonachas last blog post: new gocco print!

  • Reply Tracy February 13, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    What an inspirational idea! Here goes nothing…

    1.) Become more intentional about photography.
    2.) Networking – I’m an introvert, so I hate this!
    3.) Writing. I write for a living, but I’ve done very little personal writing.
    4) Play the piano
    5.) How to style my hair beyond straight or ponytail!
    6.) Mixed media art and collage
    7.) Sewing
    8) Baking – I’m 27 and just baked my first ever dessert for Thanksgiving. Have some ground to make up!

    I think that’s it for now. I pick photography, as my husband got me a Holga for Christmas, and we’re buying a Nikon D60 soon. Hooray!

  • Reply Malinda February 13, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I have a long list of resolutions this year but here are a few that I think will be the hardest:

    1) Stop being a cry baby about Illustrator and actually learn it – Adobe broke my heart when they killed Freehand and screwed up Flash
    2) Learn more about the fabric manufacturing process and the glossary of terms related to it (going from base material to finally printed and on a bolt)
    3) FINISH my Rosetta Stone Japanese Lessons and sign up at Osaka Sangyo U. of LA for more lessons
    4) Network – for real – I’m a surprisingly quiet and laconic person despite what my co-workers think.
    5) Learn how to use my husband’s CNC mill
    6) design at least one set of fabrics to get printed
    7) Design a crocheted stuffie pattern – which starts with actually making one

    ok – I can definitely commit to #1 today I have the next three days off so will spend them at my computer.

  • Reply ChrysRT February 13, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Holly,

    I have read all your creativity series with expectation! But this one struck a cord in me. It’s about being there at the right moment and the right time! I’ve always felt a bit overwhelm when reading it in interviews, thinking they got lucky! But what you said got me thinking :”Everything they had already done led up to that moment … Onlookers may then call them an “overnight success” but not really. They had been in training for many years whether they realized it or not. Every success, every failure, every challenge, it all brought them to that moment.”
    I realized that I just need to get started with baby steps because moments like that don’t come overnight! Thanks for sharing these thoughts!
    My list is as followed:
    1- Learn to gain more confidence in my abilities and skills
    2- Learn more about colors
    3- Learn more about mix-media
    4- Start a pillow collection using mix-media

    I will start with 2 and 4
    That’s all I can think of for now!

    By reading blogs like yours, Holly, I have found a community that I felt I belong to, being exposed to beautiful things, series on creativity, interviews of creative people… deeply changed my way of thinking and opened new horizons to me so many thanks to you Holly and all the beautiful bloggers around!

  • Reply Karissa February 13, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    1. Learn more about Illustration
    2. Learn more about Typography
    3. Enroll in grad school at SCAD online to meet above 2 goals
    4. Learn about encaustic wax techniques
    5. How to knit/sew.. I’m challenged
    6. How to use Adobe Illustrator… any suggestions anyone?
    7. How to use Adobe InDesign
    8. To learn more mixed media techniques
    9. To learn more about depth of field control in photography
    10. To learn how filigree wrap stones for jewelry better than my last attempts…

    So I’m a high school graphic arts teacher and I foremost want to get my masters degree from SCAD online. I want to major in Illustration Design to get more of a typography/design background as well as my passion for illustration. I’m very new to illustration, but I absolutely adore it. I hope to have it as a backup for when (and if ever) I work from home if I have kids or something. I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to sell work via Etsy. I just sold my first t-shirt on my redbubble account a month ago. So I have hope, but it will take more education and time to get there.

    Awesome article by the way. I took a class last summer for education and we talked about how most students attribute their success to outside factors and not their own level of effort. It was very interesting and your article was a reminder of that. Thank you!

  • Reply Coco February 14, 2009 at 8:37 am

    AH these are great list! My ten things are:

    1, learn to show my love more
    2, learn to cook more things – I actually already started this three years ago and I’m doing good at it if i may say but one can always learn more!!
    3, take photograhps
    4, get my belly to dance (I’m taking belly dance classes starting today)
    5, play more with my kids and take them on trips
    6, write and read more (poetry and more)
    7, paint
    8, sew
    9, would love love to know more about interior designing! (take classes and such)
    10, go out more (to the cinema, dinner and theater)

    1-8 I’m already doing a bit one of each (one thing more than the other). 9 and 10 needs work!!

  • Reply Jamie February 14, 2009 at 9:26 am

    This is just the thing I needed to help me feel that creative spark again – thanks Holly!

    1 – Learn the basic of photography – I travel to some of the worlds most beautiful places for work and have very little photographic evidence to show for it
    2 – Try Yoga – I’ve been scared to do so for years – afraid I’ll look silly with my inflexible body – but I love the philosophy behind the practice
    3 – Take some cooking classes – maybe if I felt a bit more confident in my skills I wouldn’t dread it so much
    4 – Learn about budgeting and planning for my financial future
    5 – Learn to use photoshop – I bought the program it is time to make something of my investment
    6 – Take a course on interior design – I love design why not learn more about it
    7 – Take a dance class – stop talking about it and do it
    8 – Work with a stylist to learn how to dress – no more avoiding going to places/events because I don’t know what to wear
    9 – Take a Portuguese class to turn the words I learned living in Rio into conversation
    10 – Learn more about blog design so my blog doesn’t look so generic

    I’m going to commit to taking a photography class – I’ve been dreaming of it for years, it’s time to make it a reality.

  • Reply christa February 14, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I am a huge believer in START NOW!!! I love setting goals and watching them come to pass. I believe that with systems and a creative team around you- you can accomplish anything! My top ten (I write these every year) and web links to how I have started them:

    1.) Bring fresh water to the Kuna Indians
    2.) Bring medical doctors and nurses to the San Blas Islands and hold educational medical clinics
    3.) Plan a trip for the interns in our offices where they have NO IDEA where they will be going.
    4.) Shoot a T.V. show pilot for above experience (We leave next Monday with our film crew!!)
    5.) Learn how word press works. Learning! My first site I made was for my dad over Christmas break.
    Goals I am working on starting:
    6.) Start a blog for women in which 31 creative women blog once a month.
    (Will be launching it at the end of April)
    7.) Get our intern program accredited
    8.) Last Oct. I went to the San Blas Islands and took photos of the Kuna Yala Indians while I was there. Many of the Kuna’s do not have a photo of themselves and I would like to get the ones I took printed for them to keep when I return back to their islands in June.
    9.) Create an art mural that will begin in Panama and will continue in other nations around the world. (We are calling it world wide canvas)
    10.) Blog at least 10 times a week.

    christas last blog post: Free Valentines day E-cards

  • Reply ginny February 14, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    ok here goes:

    1. learn french for real
    2. the art of jewelry making
    3. how to start a blog and use blog software
    4. how to write well
    5. photography
    6. how to cook well
    7. how to make a baked alaska
    8. how to be a better listener
    9. how to tell a story
    10. how to sew well

  • Reply Lisa P. February 14, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Alright…I like lists. Let’s see:

    1. how to become a fabric designer
    2. stone carving
    3. Italian
    4. cooking with edible flowers
    5. growing ranunculus
    6. sewing and maybe designing garments for myself or family
    7. Wiener Werkstaette
    8. Koloman Moser, the artist (from the Wiener Werkstaette)
    9. sheep
    10. hawaiian quilts (those huge applique ones)

    Thanks. That was fun. I’m already working on some of these, and I know I can keep going. Thanks for being a positive influence out there!


  • Reply Kimberly February 15, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    My list…
    1. Become better at using Corel Painter
    2. Learn how to knit
    3. Choose a daily art project
    4. Learn how to play the guitar
    5. Practice Spanish in my car
    6. Get back into Dreamweaver and Flash
    7. Figure out how to copyright and sell my educational video Podcasts
    8. Figure out and stick to a plan B when I can’t make my exercise classes
    9. Become better at cooking (perfect a few SIMPLE dinner recipes to make for my husband)
    10. Finish decorating our guest room

    I am going to start with #1 and #3 because they can go hand in hand and I am really motivated to learn how to use my new intuous Tablet!

    Holly…your comments about successful/inspirational/creative people made me think about a book I just finished reading, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. He wrote The Tipping Point and Blink and is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Outliers is about those people that seem to have come from nowhere and how they have made their mark on the world. A great inspirational read!

  • Reply tamiupnorth February 15, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    I LOVE lists!

    Here goes – Things I want to learn about:
    1. Web design (I’m a graphic designer, just need to re-learn html and all that good stuff!)
    2. Quantum physics – I had to read a couple books in school and it totally fascinated me (and blew my mind)
    3. Illustration – I used to do this before kids, but need to find the time
    4. Quilting – I admire my co-workers gorgeous creations
    5. Run a 1/2 marathon – I am a 5k girl only, so this will stretch it!
    6. Why I procrastinate! I need to finish all my projects! Include the design and organization of my house!
    7. Writing – I would love to be able to write for a living
    8. Feng Shui – I’d like to give it a try and see the changes that take place in my family’s lives
    9. Baking – I can cook, but I cannot bake to save my soul!
    10. Publish books – I’d like to learn how to self publish and market books
    11 – Oh, and be able to talk to my husband about our finances, without one of us being mad

    For now, I read my #2 Quantum physics book at night before bed (is that why my dreams have become so weird?), and I will research a bit of feng shui this afternoon to see how I can begin that process!
    I really like this series Holly – and I’ve been very good about ‘just doing it’ every week.

  • Reply lindsey clare February 15, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    i’m loving this! it is so encouraging to see that so many people have the same interests and goals as me.

    so… things i am interested in or want to learn more about:
    1. bokeh
    2. taking self portraits with my DLSR
    3. light painting (wow, so many of these are photography related. i guess i can see where my heart is lying at the moment!)
    4. binding a quilt (i have a quilt sitting there waiting for me to just make a start. i am terrified! ha)
    5. bookbinding
    6. updating my portfolio (badly overdue)
    7. chair reupholstering
    8. selling on Etsy
    9. life drawing
    10. last but not least, i want to learn how to make macarons!

    also, i agree with Janelle at #84. as well as helping focus me on things i want to do, it also made me realise how much i do already know about certain things. i could probably help people out with all sorts of things on their lists… screenprinting, Indesign, photography just to name a few. and equally, i’m sure there are things on my list which others have already conquered and could give me info/advice on. something’s brewing here i think!

    p.s. i noticed you mentioned wheat-free cooking. i avoid wheat in my diet too. i’m not sure if you’re new to this or not, but i could probably help suggest some things if you’re after new recipes to try.

    lindsey clares last blog post: orange and brown

    • Reply decor8 February 15, 2009 at 6:25 pm

      Lindsey – Yes, I am eating wheat-free right now, I feel like I may have a problem with it and the moment I stop eating wheat I feel SO MUCH better. I need to see a doctor however for a proper diagnosis. I’m always looking for good products and recipes though, it’s becoming more and more important to me as I see the difference in how I feel when I eat rice vs. pasta, etc.

  • Reply Beachtropic February 15, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    My list of lists:
    1. Enjoy my work instead of just existing here.
    2. Get ready to be a grandma!!
    3. Continue with my magazine cut and cull – started yesterday!
    4. Learn more botanical names of the many plants in my garden
    5. Catalogue all my CDs
    6. Expand my part time florist business and not be nervous to do so, this is where your inspiriation helps me Holly
    7. Chat to my dad more about his life as a youngster, then journal it all.
    8. Get down the beach to enjoy more sunrises.

    Thanks xx

  • Reply Lin February 15, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    This is great! And so good to get it down in black and white.

    So my 10 things that I am interested in learning more about include:

    1. drawing and illustration.
    2. painting with water colours and acrylics
    3. lino carving/printing.
    4. creating art that is a true representation of myself, instead of creating what I think others will like.
    5. thrifting and the value of antiques/collectables.
    6. dress making for myself and my children.
    7. Take my French language learning further.
    8. perfect my crème brulée.
    9. French history, particularly art history.
    10. Art deco history.

    Thanks to your other creativity posts I have already been inspired to take steps to make these things happen. I have started drawing every day and have been experimenting a little (when time permits) with water colours. So these are things that I want to concentrate on.
    I will commit to investigating a course in 2010 to formalise my drawing/illustration skills and to learning a new French word each day – starting tomorrow!
    Thanks so much for these great posts! Can’t wait for the next one.

    Lins last blog post: Belated Valentine’s Giveaway

  • Reply Gina February 15, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    1. Take an online creative class…check, just signed up for one.
    2. Take more photos out in public. (I’m always sort of shy about doing that)
    3. learn to knit
    4. paint wooden furniture, the correct way.
    5. cook QUICK but HEALTHY meals for the whole family
    6. sew clothing
    7. organize and learn to love labels
    8. creative writing
    9. make prints
    10. practice working on one thing at a time until it’s done and in a quicker amount of time.

    Ginas last blog post: Quilting remedy

    • Reply decor8 February 16, 2009 at 1:06 am

      Gina – What class did you sign up for?

  • Reply Mary Beth February 16, 2009 at 3:45 am

    1. Learn how to use my new Photoshop Elements 7. I really want to learn how to put a photo in a “frame”.
    2. Eat at different restaurants.
    3. Learn how to build a store at Etsy.
    4. Learn how to build a store on Ebay.
    5. Learn how to use Amazon’s store.
    Five’s enough. Tomorrow, I’m getting the Photoshop Book out from the bottom of my pile……..

    Mary Beths last blog post: The Cheerleader

  • Reply anairam February 16, 2009 at 7:43 am

    I made my list before looking at the comments – and it is amazing to see how much overlap there is! May people have photography (in some or other form), a language, and some type of dancing – how very interesting! My list:
    1. Learn to Salsa
    2. Learn about the fact-checking and indexing sides of publishing
    3. Learn Spanish
    4. Learn more about Etsy – how to start, what sells, etc.

    anairams last blog post: T-A-D #15 Love in Translation

  • Reply anairam February 16, 2009 at 7:49 am

    I made my list first and then looked at the comments – so many overlaps!Wow! My list:
    1. Learn to salsa.
    2. Learn about the indexing and fact-checking aspects of the publishing business.
    3. Learn (some) Spanish.
    4. Learn more about starting an Etsy shop.
    5. Pick up learning to play the accordion.
    6. Learn to use the manual settings on my new SLR camera.
    7. Learn what will grow where in my garden. And the names of plants.
    8. Learn more about writing techniques – character development, etc.
    9. Learn how to use GIMP – I do not have Photoshop.
    10. Learn painting techniques.

    anairams last blog post: T-A-D #15 Love in Translation

  • Reply annkent February 16, 2009 at 9:17 am

    1. take an online photography class
    2. taken on a sewing project

  • Reply annkent February 16, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Oops … I hit enter to soon
    1. I am taking Unravelling, an online photography class.
    2. take on a sewing project
    3. read the instruction manual for my digital camera
    4. purchase a Nikon D40 or D80 (D40 fits the budget better!)
    5. Write (what?).
    6. Hook up our extra computer so that I can write in solitude!

  • Reply Amie February 16, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    This is a great way for me to get motivated. Will have to add these to my journal!

    1. Learn how to use Photoshop
    2. Take a Thai cooking class
    3. Take skiing lessons
    4. Learn how to sew so I can decorate my home with a more personal touch
    5. Refresh my knitting skills – haven’t knit a thing since I was 12 which much to long ago.
    6. Finish my bachelor’s degree – but instead of int’l relations/history, finish it in art history.
    7. Learn to live with less clutter
    8. Tennis lessons
    9. Take a class on interior decorating – for myself, not for a career
    10. Learn to focus long enough to finish my projects instead of getting bored about 3/4 of the way in.

    Thanks Holly for such a great series!

    Amies last blog post: Another Beauty

  • Reply Lalaine February 16, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I love your message and big believer in NO REGRETS, JUST DO IT attitude. I am taking things one step at a time and savoring the journey. I truly believe where we are is where we want to be and that all the things we’ve done and will do, will lead us to the place our heart desires.
    1. take photoshop course
    2. residential rendering course
    3. start blogging
    4. take buddhism course
    5. trip to india and vienna
    6. start and finish sewing project – maybe cushions or dress
    7. coordinate big event/party like a sweet 16.
    8. floral arrangement
    9. design showcase homes
    10. charity work – philippines?, pro-bono advocacy work for abused women/kids

  • Reply Chloe Cumbow February 16, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    one. Get better at photography
    two. Get better at communicating
    three. Get better at recording & documenting my work.
    four. Really really would like to buy a new guitar & start over with it, but may not be a good time for that (too much) because I am trying to get new work out & photograph & document it. (see above)
    That’s enough. Ten is to many for me because I usually do just do things.
    Like in Batman, when the Joker says something like, “other people make plans, I just do things…” I know that that will bug all of the Business-Plan-Projection-Proposal people, but it’s true, & not meant to bug.
    For action, I started the Dreamweaver tutorials, (communication) & signed up for About.coms Marketing and Branding workshops.
    For everyone who is suffering with Photoshop – there are some funny, yet useful tutorials on Youtube called “You suck at Photoshop”, & Elite by Design connects to many tips & tutorials. Love, Chloe C.

  • Reply Maryam in Marrakech February 16, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Oh my goodness……look at all this dialogue you have inspired, Holly!

    I am really working on broadening my horizons.

    My list is:
    1) become a better photographer
    2) learn how to better style photos
    3) learn photoshop
    4) set up an online shop
    5) finish my book
    6) design my place with style

    I am making progress! I have just bought an amazing camera and some amazing lenses (I get them on the 22nd. Yay!), I ordered photography books and signed up for an online photography class. I am setting aside time every week to work on my book. I have hired someone to help me with my shop website. I take steps on my house everyday. Today I bought two gorgeous lamps, worked on my home office, and made progress on 2 bathrooms.

    lots of love from Marrakech,

  • Reply Elissa February 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Wow. So many cool lists! Go bellydance, LEED certification and green urban planning! I didn’t expect to see that. Well, here’s my list in no particular order:
    1. Photography (I haven’t taken a class since I was 12)
    2. Gardening (I just took a class, but there’s still so much more to learn)
    3. “Prettifying” my blog (I know nothing about CSS or anything like that)
    4. Cooking more healthy foods and more cuisines
    5. Become fluent in Spanish
    6. Learn more about sewing (right now I can only handle curtains and pillows)
    7. Learn Illustrator and more about Photoshop
    8. Get better at crocheting (I’m just a beginner)
    9. Learn to use my Gocco printer (I got it a year ago but haven’t used it yet)
    10. Pass the ARE (Architects Registration Exam)

    I’m starting with #10 since I’ve already started taking review classes. Now I just have to start studying in between each class!

  • Reply Trish February 16, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Let’s think, I know most of these are already posted, but since it is what I want to learn or explore.

    1. Learn Crochet.
    2. Photography.
    3. Certificate as a LEED AP.
    4. Become fluent in german, continue with my german classes.
    5. Become more involve in more charity programs.
    6. Practice more yoga.
    7. Learn to speak in public without being nervous.
    8. Learn some photoshop and illustrator.
    9. Learn to ride a bicycle.
    10. Learn new recipes to cook.

    I think i will start 2 and 3, since I started taking courses on both themes.

  • Reply Stephanie February 17, 2009 at 2:32 am

    what a great posting Holly!!!
    here’s my list…

    i. take another photography class + shoot daily
    ii. finish level 1 mandarin
    iii. take a photoshop class
    iv. write a screenplay
    v. travel — anywhere. everywhere.
    vi. cook at least 1 new meal per week
    vii. take a cooking and/or french wine class with my sweetie
    viii. declutter my office. my apartment. my life.
    ix. write to a friend/family member via postal mail…truly a lost art
    x. practice better self care (yoga + healthy eating + meditation, etc.)

  • Reply Sarah February 17, 2009 at 3:21 am

    I’m not going to put a list right now but I do want to say that I love this post and I think it hits the nail right on the head! My own experience of this is from having started to take some interior design classes at night a few years ago, which led me into actually making stuff (instead of just wishing I was creative but believing I wasn’t); selling the things I make to friends and then on the internet; selling up our house in the city and moving to a country property; ditching my 20-odd-year corporate career; and I will soon be opening a shop in my new hometown. Five or 6 years ago I would never have believed I could do any of these things – they were for other people, not for me. But now when my friends and colleagues tell me they’re envious of our new lifestyle I struggle with the urge to tell them that stuff doesn’t just happen, you have to make it happen – put in the effort, spend the time, take the risks, overcome the fear …

    Anyway, so much for the quick comment! I will definitely have a think about some new challenges though – this is a great idea. Thanks :-)

  • Reply vineeta February 17, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Holly I LOVE you for this series. Here’s my *hug* before my list. You will single handedly make me create magic in my life. I can’t tell you how much I’m thankful! My list:
    1. Learn web designing
    2. Enroll in a photography class
    3. Learn interior design
    4. Redesign my blog page
    5. Learn Pottery
    6. Oh GOD, how I need this- financial discipline/ planning
    7. Sketch sketch sketch. Pick that pen/pencil.brush whatever & sketch
    8. Paint on wooden furniture/doors/things.
    9. Learn decoupage properly
    10. Learn one foreign language
    Starting today, I will sketch- anything. I will not be afraid or procrastinating. I will do this before I go to sleep tonight.

  • Reply Trina February 17, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    i’m a bit late on these….pregnancy brain has delayed my train of thought!

    1. Be a happier person, starting right now! I’m much too moody these days.
    2. Creative Writing – not only to benefie my blog, but to benefit myself. I’d love to write a short story or children’s book one day.
    3. Photography – just the basics. I have no idea what i’m doing. Winging it!
    4. start knitting again
    5. learn Corel Paint Shop Pro!
    6. start a collection of something….letterpress blocks are on my mind lately
    7. exercise daily! something, anything!
    8. start to draw and paint again
    9. learn spanish – eventually

    I don’t have a number 10 yet….can I count the baby i’m carrying as number 10? :-)

    Trinas last blog post: Etsy Love {lapomme}

  • Reply jere February 18, 2009 at 3:39 am

    it feels so serendipitous reading your post holly, because i had just reminded myself tonight that “slow and steady wins the race.” i need to just chip away at the big goals and even though it may not feel like much progress, it will be.

    i also love the idea of making this list, because it’s the thought of these things that keeps me excited for the future. so, here’s my list of things i want to learn about – some i know nothing about and some i want to go deeper into.

    1. canning
    2. sustainable farming
    3. photography, especially darkroom
    4. cooking
    5. writing stories (i want to learn how to write good descriptions and narratives)
    6. sewing
    7. knitting
    8. illustration
    9. embroidery
    10. taxidermy

    I’ll commit now to doing no. 3, and also 5.

    jeres last blog post: and Junior

  • Reply alice February 18, 2009 at 3:43 am

    love lists too. great idea to share.
    1. learn rhapsody in blue on the piano one page at a time
    2. update my entry way installation with my latest obsession – quilling
    3. make my own version of this drawer bookshelf http://thealiceline.blogspot.com/2008/08/drawer-shelf-by-dzuy-doan.html
    4. create something with the different papers i have
    5. cook and bake new things once every two weeks. first time making ox tail soup and banana nut bread this last weekend.
    6. photography like everyone else – grandpa gave me one of his old fashioned cameras. buy film and try it out. maybe take a class.
    7. create more art installations
    8. try to paint something on canvas (seems intimidating) or draw and sketch more
    9. watch ted talks. they are very inspiring. http://www.ted.com/ i recommend a visit for anyone who hasn’t heard of this site. it’s really inspirational.
    10. continue thinking of fun new things to learn and share with my husband.

    starting with#1 learning rhapsody in blue, started quilling some small papers for #2, #5 baked and cooked new things.
    i feel more accountable already. thanks, holly and everyone else for sharing.

    alices last blog post: nicolas gouny

  • Reply Rachel B. February 18, 2009 at 10:18 am

    1. How to organize my office efficiently.
    2. Time Management
    3. Better Blog Posts
    4. Spend more time working on my personal photography
    5. Patience.
    6. Submit my photographs in book form to be published
    7. Decorating my bedroom
    8. Learn to cook. seriously I can’t.
    9. Lower my cholesterol
    10. Enroll my kids in whatever class they want to take (piano, gymnastics)

    I think I am ready to follow through…

    Rachel B.s last blog post: Photographer Love: Jessica Claire

  • Reply modish February 18, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    ok, I’m joining in, this is great! I’d like to learn:
    1. more about freelance writing from successful freelance writers
    2. new embroidery stitches/techniques
    3. how to keep the house cleaner!
    4. how to grow a little garden this spring
    5. how to keep up a consistent yoga routine
    6. better time management
    7. better money management, oi!
    8. how other self-employed people manage their ups and downs, cause I feel like I’m struggling
    9. how to not be so hard on myself all the time
    10. how to be more sociable! such a happily lone loner I am

    Well, I can do #8 soon, starting a new series on my blog to help investigate that. And last night I worked on #2, now must finish my project!

    Thanks for the kick in the bootay, Holly!

    modishs last blog post: Eco-Friendly Find: Forestbound

  • Reply Linsi February 18, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I’m so awed by all the comments, what a fantastic idea! I’ve totally identified with something that just about everyone has posted.

    Things I want to learn:
    1. How to be a good blogger. I’m new and very intrigued but overwhelmed with all that is out there. I want to learn how to a)have a visually appealing site b) reach my readers c) connect with others.
    2. How to be comfortable around people I consider ‘better’ than me (aka, not so self conscious)
    3. Spanish, so my husband and I can move to Spain
    4. How to sell myself (I mean my business, of course) without seeming pushy
    5. Re-learn how to ski
    6. The joy of cooking.
    7. Photography. I always thought I had a ‘knack’ for it but now I see so many photos that make me think otherwise ;)
    8. How to re-finish furniture. My dream is to open a design studio and shop with reclaimed furniture and unique accessories.

    I’m out of ideas for now but this definitely got me thinking.

    My immediate goal is going to be the blog. I’m spending lots of hours right now researching and getting my feet wet in the world of blogging. Are there books or any good articles (or blogs!) about this?


    Linsis last blog post: Fuel is coming to Irvine!

  • Reply Abbie February 19, 2009 at 12:56 am

    1. Publishing
    2. Photoshop Elements
    3. Rollerblading
    4. Making Soups
    5. Container Gardening
    6. Sewing Skirts
    7. Customizing my Blog on WordPress
    8. Hemming skirts and pants
    9. Digital Scrapbook pages
    10. Making bread (other than buttermilk white)

    I’m committing to sign up for a workshop to learn Photoshop Elements.

  • Reply Lolly February 19, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    OK, I’m a little late, but here’s my list of challenges:
    1. Learn Spanish
    2. Make more things for my etsy shop
    3. Spend more time with my husband
    4. Figure out my next career phase
    5. Organize my office/studio
    6. Create a budget
    7. Update Theo’s blog more frequently

    That’s a big list! But I intend to do every single thing. I’ll start today with #5 and #7. Thanks, Holly!

    Lollys last blog post: So much to say, but how?

  • Reply Laura February 19, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    1. finally figure out a way to afford grad school.
    2. start taking art classes so that I can get into grad school.
    3. learn to sew my own clothes…at least 1 piece.
    4. keep my house cleaner.
    5. spend more time outdoors.
    6. get more exercise.
    7. figure out where all my money goes.
    8. make glass art.
    9. make any art…paint/sculpt/draw. my supplies are gathering dust.
    10. refinish my dining room furniture.

    I will look into #2 right now, #10 will have to wait until it’s warmer outside.

  • Reply Christine February 19, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    1. learn to take better photograph
    2. learn photoshop
    3. learn mandarin
    4. start blogging
    5. open a small business
    6. be a better cook
    7. learn how to invest wisely
    8. doing volunteering work at a foreign country
    9. find new and exciting things to do with husband
    10. travel travel travel

    Will start with with #1 for now

  • Reply Ester February 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    My absolute favorite post is this one! And all the comments!

    My plans were only taking more photos; learn to draw and blog regularly. But as I saw all your comments I took a paper and I did my list of all activities which I liked here. Thanks for all these inspirations which I found in your comments!

    Esters last blog post: Happy Valentine´s Day!

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