In the spirt of the coming year, we’ve decided to put a little twist on our usual 10 things posts and get a little personal. This week we wanted to share with you a combined list of our New Year’s resolutions.
[one] register my business
Derek: I’ve been working here and there doing some graphic design and photography for the last 2 years. Lately I’ve been doing more and more and can’t wait to do more. I really need to register my name Derek Klepac Design and get something a little more solid.
[two] pass the ncidq
Catharine: Graduating with a Bachelor of Interior Design is not all you need to become a licensed Interior Designer. You then have to complete a 2 year internship at a Design/Architecture firm, and THEN take a fun little (super expensive) set of exams known as the NCIDQ. I’ve been dreading this exam since I was a freshman in college and found out that being an Interior Designer was nothing like you see on HGTV. It’s over $1000 with all fees combined and if you fail it you have to wait 6 months to take it again (and pay that $1k again), so yeah.. I’m freaking out. But my goal is to pass it in 2011. Woo!
[three] finish the half in under 2 hours
Derek: This past november I ran my first half marathon. I did alright, but I really want to push harder and further. Honestly the final goal is a full marathon, but first I want to get a better time in the half.
[four] stress/worry less
Catharine: I think I speak for all creative types when I say we love stress. You may not like to admit this, but you kind of live for it because you strive under that pressure that you’ve purposely put on yourself. I’ll admit it, I work better under pressure. I’m more creative, I’m more daring, and I’m more focused. BUT when I’m not stressed out about my projects at work, I create stress for myself in other things. Little stupid things. It’s really awful. I try to find stress in things that otherwise wouldn’t be stressful because I think I kind of miss it. Weird I know, but I’m going to try to relish in the calm moments rather than invent chaos this year.
[five] brew my first beer
Derek: My roommate Chris, brews his own beer. It’s quite good and the more I drink and get to taste it the more I want to try my own. Some of the best beers on the market right now started out as a side project or an experiment with some friends, like Dogfish Head.
[six] run a half marathon
Catharine: As I’ve mentioned before, Derek and our other friends have inspired me to run a half marathon this year. Guess how far I’ve run since I proclaimed that back in November? ZERO miles. I’m really good at coming up with excuses as to why I shouldn’t run that night, or why I’m too busy, etc. It’s ridiculous. I even have a new pair of running shoes! So this year I’m going to make a huge effort to run A LOT. Also, it will probably help with the whole stress thing.
[seven] start my internship
Derek: With my studies in Architecture, I also need to work in the industry for a good while before I can move forward. The have a wonderful list of requirements for all of us students to hammer through before we can think about putting our own name on the line for lawsuits to attack.
[eight] make more friends in my city
Catharine: Because I went to college in the middle of nowhere, all of my friends moved all over the place after graduation, and rather than going back to Dallas I moved to a whole new place where I didn’t know anyone. Most of the friends I’ve made here actually live somewhere else: Lubbock, Dallas, Houston, New York, Chattanooga, and I only get to see them during the holidays. So my goal this year is to make friends that LIVE HERE all the time, or at least stay in better touch with the ones I already have.. sounds easy enough right? Will you be my friend? :)
[nine] build my first chair
Derek: I’ve built some furniture in the past. I’ve also built the bed I slept in at my parent’s house. I have several other ideas and some projects in line with some friends. I think a chair would be a great challenge. There are a lot of BAD chairs and far too many uncomfortable ones. Setting out to build a truly comfortable chair from material that is normally uncomfortable would be an amazing learning experience. If you learn anything from our blog learn that Charles and Ray Eames were/are instrumental in modern furniture.
You might have seen these chairs before.. anyone ever seen Catharine’s car or my truck? :)
[ten] finish what i’ve started
Catharine: I have this addiction with old beat up furniture looking for a fresh coat of paint and a new life but I tend to take on more than I can chew. I currently have 3 unfinished Hepplewhite chairs: one ready to paint and 2 that still have vegetable printed cushions, a coffee table turned bench that needs to be turned back into a coffee table, a tv stand to paint and stencil, 4 dining chairs to reupholster, and 5 outdoor cushions to reupholster. It’s gross really. I mean I know exactly what I want to do to all of them, but I just need to make the time to do it and stop buying more things to tackle until some of these todo’s get scratched off my list!
Well there you have it! We usually don’t set resolutions, but we thought it would be fun this year. What are some things you’d like to accomplish in 2011? Tune in next week, we’ll be doing something special to kick off our Blogiversary week!