as we enter the weekend before christmas i am aware that we are near the end of our shop year. every year at this time i assess where we are-- did i meet my goals financially and creatively? did the shop grow in ways that both increased sales and increased my happiness? do i still like doing this whole shop thing?
this was our first full year in our 'new' location and i worked harder than i ever have before. i love the space the shop has now, love our landlord, and i really want this thing to work. it has been, in many ways, a truly great year. HOWEVER-- if i am really honest i think i took on more than i really could handle. there were too many tasks done without enough focus, too many follow-up phone calls not made-- in essence too many balls were dropped.
i am okay with admitting i am not perfect. i do my best but at times i do take on too much, or i don't communicate well enough, or i just get too wrapped up in one project and neglect another. this year, as i begin my annual looking back over the state of things around here i will take some particular time to look at those places where i was not as good as i could have been.
it is hard to look at the places that i have fallen short. i do not beat myself up-- not much good in that-- but it is through being open to my shortcomings that i hope to make change that will make next year better.