New Year and New Resolutions

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a beautiful Christmas season and a happy new year with loved ones. We rang in the new year with friends and snow storm. Today, I sent my kids to school in -30C weather. I wasn’t even sure they should be leaving the house! Northern Ontario is no joke.

Things calmed down after the Christmas break and I had some time to consider my resolutions, and what I want the new year to look like. While I had nothing really to complain about from 2018, I know that I want more from myself and for my business. Sometimes I’m completely terrified of change and progress but I’m determined to really give this a go and see where I can take it. I’m so tired of seeing other peoples’ posts of lovely paintings and illustrations and ideas, and all the while thinking, “ I could have done that”..and.. “why aren’t doing things like that?” I’m done with that. I’m going to start DOING and not just DREAMING.

So here we go. Here are my New Years resolutions;

  1. SLEEP TRAIN my toddler! While this seems unrelated to my art and business, it’s completely related. I can’t tell you what a difference a solid nights sleep makes to my progress and work ethic during the day. I have bad sleepers in my house, but I’m determined to overcome that hurtle. We’re already on the way to better things. He’s down to only getting up once in the night and that’s a miracle as far as I’m concerned.

  2. CREATE. EVERY. DAY. I’ve seen that this is a common resolution among the illustrators, and surface pattern designers that I follow and boy is it a good one. It’s so easy to feel completely overwhelmed when you want to reach your goals. I have so SO many things I want to accomplish and experiment with and it feels like at this pace I’d never get anything done. But you create something, anything, every day, I think I’ll be surprised at just how much I was able to do over the course of a week/month/year. Sometimes it will just be a flower or stem in a sketchbook, but that’s ok.

  3. Experiment and branch out. I’m a huge chicken. I hate phone calls. I hate confrontation. I hate risk. This is going to be a hard one for me, but look out 2019. I’m going to give it a go. This will take the shape of reaching out and making some new contacts, experiment with subject matter, writing, and building an organized and specifically directed portfolio and making that available online. I feel like I’ve listened to so many skill share classes, and youtube channels, podcasts, read blogs, and interviews. I know what to do. I know the next step. I just have to put my working girl pants on and do it!

So that’s it! Wish me luck as I tackle these resolutions and try to be brave! And stay tuned for some new and exciting things! I’m going to post as I go.