Goals for 2015

It’s almost March! Where did the time go? It’s a bit late to post New Year’s resolutions, but here are some of my goals for 2015.

Blog Goals:

1.  Get into the habit of blogging at least once a week

I haven’t been very consistent about posting, but I want my blog to document my thoughts, hobbies, and achievements, so I intend to update my blog more regularly this year.

2.  Write from the heart

Someone told me recently that my posts are more powerful when I write from the heart. I would like to make my posts more reflective.

Design Goals:

1.  Submit at least 12 pattern proposals to third party publications

Rather than self-publish lots of patterns this year, I’d like to get a few accepted to third party publications. This way, I can improve pattern writing skills by working with technical editors.

So far, I’ve submitted 4 pattern proposals this year. The first one was rejected, and the other three are still under review.

2.  Learn garment grading

I have lots of ideas for garment designs, but I’ve never resized a pattern before. I want to learn garment grading so people who are different sizes from me can wear my designs. I’ve heard grading includes spreadsheets and math, so I’m looking forward to learning!

3.  Work from a style sheet

4.  Self-publish one garment pattern in at least 5 sizes

I’d rather write one multi-sized garment pattern and write it well than rush myself and sacrifice quality.

5.  Design a logo

It will be knot-related, of course! I’m considering a motif using the trefoil knot, partly because in 2-D it looks like a lemniscate.

Other Goals:

1.  Knit a pi scarf

Some day, I want to take a break from crochet and learn to knit. I know a basic cast-on method and the knit stitch, but by the end of this year, I want to complete a double-knit project like this pi scarf.

2.  Practice Soroban 10 minutes daily

For Christmas, I requested and received a beautiful soroban, which is a Japanese abacus. I hope to improve my mental math skills by practicing calculations on it every day.

3.  Learn shorthand

Shorthand is fascinating to me, partly because it’s almost like writing in code. There are some free Handywrite lessons at http://www.alysion.org/handy/handywrite.htm and I’ll probably get started with those.

4.  Read at least 3 of Shakespeare’s histories

I love Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies, but it dawned on me this year that I haven’t read any of his histories. (Does Julius Caesar count?)

5.  Qualify for the AIME

High on my list of things to accomplish in high school is to qualify for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. To qualify, I need to score 120+ on the AMC 10 or 100+ on the AMC 12. I’ve already taken the AMC 10A this year, and I didn’t score high enough, but the 12B is yet to come.

6.  Go to Mathcamp

When I told my friend Jacob that I wanted to go to Mathcamp this year, his eyebrows shot up and his mouth dropped open. “Mathcamp?” he asked. “Is that a thing?”

Yes, Mathcamp is a “thing.” It’s a five week summer program for high school students who love math. Students are free to choose from a number of activities, including classes on topics like knot theory and the mathematics of origami, problem solving contests, and research in pairs. I think it sounds awesome – Jacob isn’t as impressed.


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