Get healthy, get organized, spend less money, learn something new, read more books, travel…
It’s the sweet sound of New Year’s Resolutions that have been made far and wide, about things big and small, important and frivolous. Whether they’re concrete goals, abstract ideas or simple words to live the next 365 days by, people everywhere have made plans. If you’ve learned anything about me, it’s that I’m a planner… I loooove to make plans. And lists.
So, with the new year well and truly upon us, here is a list of creative, professional and personal things I plan and hope to do in 2017:
1. Blog more consistently
I want to start blogging more consistently about things I actually care about. I’m also joining the masses who want to get organized and I’ve made a solid editorial calendar and new category system. From now on posts will fall into one of the following:
- Downloads: these include desktop downloads and things like free printables (remember this, this and this?)
- Projects: posts in this category will be about the things I'm currently working on like wedding invitations, Minted challenges and freelance projects
- Resources: this is a new category where I share the resources that I find interesting and helpful
- Recipes: I recently shared a Pomegranate Moscow Mule Cocktail Guide and I really want to do more of these fun illustrations for my fav recipes
- Everyday: these posts will be about everyday things, much like what you're reading now
- Travel: this is not a travel blog, but with that said I love travelling and often pull inspiration from our trips, this is where I'll occasionally post about that
2. Apply to art school
Applying to art school is something I’ve thought about for a while and have been super hesitant about bc I’m already 30, and the thought of going back to school at my age is kind of crazy. But life is too short to get stuck doing something you don’t love and when you really think about it, I’ve probably got another 40 years of work ahead of me. With that in mind, a few years back at university don't seem like such a big deal.
3. Share more about my work
Working from home for yourself sounds like a dream, right? But it definitely has it's drawbacks, a major one being that you seldom get second and third eyes on your day-to-day work. This can make it hard to stay motivated and can also make it difficult to see what progress you've made.
I’ve been designing different things consistently for about a year now: wedding invitation sets, paper goods for Minted, social media graphics and a few logo/brand identities. In addition to creating more, I want to share more. More about the creative process and navigating design challenges. More about what I'm learning and growing as a self-taught designer.
4. Scale back my greeting card business
I’ve put a lot of pressure on this little passion project of mine to become some huge thing and it just hasn't happened. At first I thought, I will make it happen against all odds, but after several months reflecting on it, I’ve decided that it’s not fair to put so much pressure on something that was meant to be fun. It replaces the joy of creating with the stress of being a success... and that has kind of stifled the whole process. It makes me think of a quote from Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic”:
“But to yell at your own creativity, saying, “You must earn money from me!” is sort of like yelling at a cat; it has no idea what you’re talking about, and all you’re doing is scaring it away, because you’re making really loud noises and your face looks weird when you do that.”
I will keep making greeting cards because I enjoy it and I’ll continue to sell them on Etsy and in local markets because it brings me joy. But I won’t feel stressed when sales are down or when I don’t manage to make certain print deadlines or new envisioned collections.
5. Health & Well-being
On a personal note, I have some pretty important goals such as taking things just a little easier on myself, practicing self-compassion while building confidence, and keeping my social and physical health in check.
In November I became a vegetarian and it’s been a switch that has not only been so much easier than I ever imagined, it's something I really enjoy. This year I hope to keep it up and start experimenting with new veggie recipes.
So there they are, my goals for the coming months. I hope that posting them here will help me stay accountable and on track. What are your 2017 goals and resolutions? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!