Happy New Year! The Our Maker Life dream team here and we're so excited that it's officially 2018! Since launching OML in 2016, it's been absolutely amazing to see our community and movement propel to new levels. We've seen thousands of you begin your shops, and take it to new heights, and it's pretty amazing to be apart of such an amazing movement! Among the growth and greatness, 2017 had it's fair share of shop negativity, maker bullying, unwise copying and competition, and feelings of overall defeat that aimed to cripple our community, but with the new year brings in a brand new slate where we can all recenter and refocus with our maker goals! The OML vision is centered around our mission statement for makers by makers; showcasing who we all are - from our shops to our patterns to our stories to our meetup events! Along the way, you have inspired our team, as makers and shop owners ourselves, to become greater. So in honor of the New Year, we're sharing some of our shop and maker goals for the 2 0 1 8:
Jewell, OML Founder and Dream Teamer
For 2018, I want to continue my OML leadership role in the community as well as really focus on displaying the core and authenticity of my Northknits shop. Often times, Instagram and other social media platforms can become a whirlwind where you begin to feel like you have to be the type of maker that others define you as, or what you think others think you should be, but I'm going into the new year with a fresh and faithful slate to grow and to continue to become the very best knitter, crocheter and maker leader that I feel called to be. That includes creating and showcasing my crochet and knitwear in a clean, minimalist style, laughing and showing my personality even more, and I am launching my new northknits website, blog and YouTube channel coupled alongside my current online Etsy shop. I also am super excited to continue working alongside the OML team to plan our annual meetup events, adding fun maker essentials to our OML shop year-round, and to also continue new issues of the Make book! Though some attempt to make supporting makers a fad or cash cow, I know that I have a calling to support those who knit and crochet, and I plan to utilize this year pursuing my creative destiny even more to help tell our maker stories, promote our shops and maker businesses, and to simply show what we do best - and that is to make.
Alison, OML Dream Teamer
Shop: La. Reserve.Design
For the coming year I want to keep on developing my craft by playing with new fibres or by collaborating with new makers or companies! In this past year I have made so many changes to my business, from adding hard enamel pins and more patterns to my shop to teaching workshops and incorporating some video content to my Instagram feed. I hope to continue building off that momentum in 2018! I want to keep on making things that I can proudly display in my own home. I can't wait to see what 2018 will bring to this amazing maker community & I can't wait to follow along!
Nathan, OML Dream Teamer
For 2018 I want to focus on quality, practicality, and identity. I'm finally shaking off the last bit of "who is looking" feeling. Nobody cares about what you do more than you, or at least that's how it should be. Quality to me is always giving it your all into your work disregarding what others think, and during the process, you can have a better balance of life. I notice as makers we want to do so much, but think about the quality of work that can be done if you don't worry so much about trying to do everything. I've always had this rule that I followed for practicality. I love for things to look really nice, but if it isn't practical, then what good is it? I want every decision to make sense and truly be something I want to do. Be comfortable in your environment. Last but not least, identity. The entire community as a whole has been absolutely inspiring, but of course I have my favorites. My favorites are very distinctive and stand out. Not in a sense of 'better', but in a sense of knowing their body of work among so many. I can spot my friends out of a crowd based on their walk. I can spot my friends out of a crowd based on how they dress. With no tags I want people to know that is Loop'n Threads. They see my personal style, personality, and spirit in that work. There are a few, my favorites, that I feel that way about.
Kathleen, OML Dream Teamer
Shop: Country Pine Designs
2017 was a year where I needed to take a step back and time for myself. I started working full time at a school and knew my full attention was needed there. Now looking forward into 2018, I have a strong desire to get back into the community and work hard at growing my business once again. Social media has changed so much and has honestly intimidated me with all of the new available features, all of which I would like to become more comfortable with so I can use those to connect with more people in the community! Confidence is another area in which I would like to grow. I almost always second guess myself when trying new things, or when I go to post things on social media. That has inhibited me in the past, but would love for this year to be the year where I can grow through that. Another area in which I would love to grow would be my own personal skills. I have always loved trying new things and learning new skills, and would love to grow my individual knitting/crochet skills and use that to incorporate new items into my shop.
Kelly, OML Dream Teamer
I love being able to connect my love for nature and knitting, and to be able to share my passions with others in the fibre arts community. Going forward in the new year, I'm going to continue doing so in the best way. I'm excited to share my many new ventures soon!
What are you 2018 maker goals? Share below and connect your maker life with ours @ourmakerlife
Happy Making and Happy New Year!
The OML Team