How was your 2017? Did things work out the way you planned? Did you achieve everything you wanted to achieve?
Like many, I started the year "bright-eyed and bushy-tailed", full of optimism only to get to December realising I didn't even come close to achieving half of them. To name some, I wanted to:
- Do another solo show
- Conduct a decadent Art & wine workshop at a restaurant
- Be featured in a magazine
- Have a regular funnel of portrait clients
- Start a new series with oils
- Leave my day job
Am I disappointed? Yes. At times I count these as 'failures' and feel that I could have done more.
Am I still happy?
Because amidst the list of items that "didn't work out", I still count on achievements. For instance:
- Offered and conducted Art lessons (some of which involved wine and snacks)
- Travelled to Canberra and conducted a full day workshop with a keen group of 9
- Churned out video content thanks to the Real People project
- Sold more prints and postcards without pushing the store
- Gained some cool clients - one came from a job interview
- Created new work and started painting again
I tried new things I never thought I could do and I owe it to myself to count them as valid achievements. Aside from the art side of things, the latter part of 2017 involved a LOT of change.
- Moved to a new apartment to be close to my job
- Joined a gym and committed to training 5 days a week
- Ventured into working in TV shows and commercials
- Gained a new set of friendships
These changes have allowed me to build up an awesome routine. Did I achieve my intention for 2017, which was to create a haven for myself? I'm proud to say yes - this year I live in an environment with less stress, and more room to grow and be creative.
With that thought, I've decided that my theme for 2018 is:
I chose this theme because I always dream about being "there" - becoming that artist who lives the ideal, creative life with the freedom to work on whatever she wants with whoever she wants. I find myself believing that I'm not "there" yet. And while there is plenty of room to grow, there is no reason why I'm not already "there". I'm already an artist - always have been. I already choose what I work on each day - whether it's a new piece, or simply showing up to work at my day job.
There's no such thing as "there". It's all part of a journey. I've always viewed my life as a journey but this year I'm choosing to embrace it no matter what! Ultimately, I can create my own path. if I keep striving to get "there", I miss out on moments that matter. They all count and I want to be present for them.
We all tend to get reflective in January, but remember that the calendar year is nothing more than a construct. You don't have to wait until the new year to make small changes. I didn't wait until the new year to join a gym. I joined during the slow month of October. Whatever it is you want to do, you can start now. Audit your life and break it down to the one thing you can each day to implement that new change.
Start your new journey today!