I always begin every year by writing out specific things I want to accomplish, work on, tackle, and try. Even though my full list is still a work in progress, I thought I'd share 10 of my main resolutions with you today.
- Keep evolving my brand. I'm so excited to start figuring out all I want to create this year in addition to commissioned work! As you might have noticed, I didn't upload a monthly desktop calendar for this month. I've decided to shift that time and energy into other, bigger projects. Acknowledging that change is necessary for growth, and identifying the ways in which I can change and evolve is certainly a struggle, and I appreciate your support as I do so.
- Organize my life. ...from my clothing to my bathroom shelf to my art supplies to my digital photos to my phone to my Wordpress account to my iCloud to my email to my important documents to my finances to that random drawer in the corner. While some art-minded people thrive in the midst of mess and chaos, I'm someone who operates best when everything is in order. It's been particularly challenging in our miniature home and after the frazzled holiday rush, I know that I must set aside time for this as soon as possible. I've been researching various apps and methods for things like accounting management, backing up digital files, and staying on top of lists and emails. Perhaps I'll share some things I find useful later on!
- Live with intention. While I'm as happy it's Friday as the next worker-bee, I find it's easy to fall into the trap of going through the motions of just getting through the week. Life's too short not to live every day as if it were on purpose.
- Do things out of my comfort zone. Whether it's reaching out and networking with people "higher up" or volunteering to help those who are less fortunate or working to meet a new fitness goal -- the things that are different, or a little uncomfortable, are the things that push us to grow as individuals.
- Dedicate time for nothing. I tend to bite off more than I can chew which leaves little time to just breathe. I'm hoping to dedicate more time to myself this year for reading, "unplugging", and sleeping. I've learned it's okay to say you're busy even if "busy" means "I need a night off."
- Find a new home. Our lease is up mid-year, and we've decided to definitely move. Where? The sky's the limit! We really have no idea, but it's both exciting and terrifying. Wish us luck.
- Get in shape! A pretty common resolution, I realize. This is one that requires specific (and big!) choices, restrictions, and changes in order to see results. Here's hoping October is a good motivator, but that I can also acquire healthy habits that go beyond this year.
- Take more classes. Aside from forcing my friend, Mimi, to teach me how to sew (I'm that person with a sewing machine she doesn't know how to use - ugh!), I want to keep learning various techniques of calligraphy (there really is no end!) and work in other mediums as well. My new favorite source for online classes?Skillshare!
- Plan one of the most important days of my life, and have fun doing so. It's no secret that there's a lot of stress involved with coordinating a wedding. In hopes of enjoying what will surely go by faster than I want, I'm going to try and really enjoy the planning process and all the little decisions of making our day personal and special.
- Stop letting the small stuff affect my mood and demeanor. I can get cranky - fast. Over nothing! It's stupid, really. I read an article during my travels in my favorite magazine, Real Simple (Jan '14 issue, pg.70), that really resonated with me. Below is a snippet:
Here's to being the first type!
...and to holding ourselves accountable for our resolutions.
Do you have any specific goals for the new year? I'd love to hear.