I’m not a new years resolution kinda gal. I’ve always associated new ambitions and endeavors with birthdays. every year on the planet comes a new list of goals (here’s 25, the 25 recap, and 26). so let’s recap my 26 goals from this past year…
1.) marry my soul mate and have an AWESOME FUCKING WEDDING (yes, this is #1)
-done!! and beyond happy.
2.) spend more time with my dad now that he’s retired.
-done. esp now that I live about 5 minutes from my parents house!
3.) do more collaborative projects with my mom, or spend some studio time together.
-done – from weekend workshops, to journaling, to holy hell THE WEDDING – talk about the most epic collaborative project of all time.
4.) continue working on my creative patience.
-done. while this is always a work in progress, I can honestly say I don’t remember my last art monkey temper tantrum (it’s been a while).
5.) create and sell a line of hand painted illustrations.
-okay, so not totally done (ugh) – but I’m legit working on something as we speak. I’m just being a perfectionist about it.
6.) finish a fucking quilt. any of them. I mean seriously. fuck.
-total fail. I’ve come to the fact that I will never finish any sort of crochet project.
7.) host another oscar watch party.
8.) get a fatty raise at my nine to five desk job & buy a new laptop.
-done (a while ago). but I’ve been waiting on the laptop. now that the new macbook pros are out you can bet I’ll be snagging one.
9.) learn photoshop (or at least, the basics).
-fail. hoping I can cross this off once I buy a new laptop already.
10.) learn to make my own jewelry.
-fail. (kate I need you!)
11.) get back into yoga. meditate. sync my mind with my creative space.
-just recently I’ve started to work on this. more details later.
12.) do something drastic to my hair (after the wedding of course).
-if I wasn’t so in love with my damn clip in hair extensions (from the wedding) you can bet I would be rocking purple hair right now. let’s just consider my fake hair drastic and leave it at that.
13.) have a fancy dinner on the beach with puff. with a table and all.
-well, we moved. so this point is void.
14.) do more freelance work.
-YES 100% DONE. and I actually really enjoy it!
15.) continue to consistently blog, be true, and maintain my voice.
-DONE. I’m so proud of this little blog of mine. I feel like I’ve put so much time, effort, words, sweat and tears into it – and it’s finally become something that I truly love maintaining. it’s like a time capsule of my projects & life – and how can you not love that?
16.) continue on my Mother Fucking Art Degree (MFA if you didn’t catch that).
-I wrapped up my last batch of classes in january, and took time off to plan our wedding. while I’m still taking a pause on my MFA, I have another plan in the works. I can’t disclose as of yet…but it’s going to be a major shift. I’ll tell you that much.
17.) get my work into another show or have my own solo show.
-fail. although, I almost want to say that our wedding was a weird version of an art show, as I put so much handmade work into it.
18.) take more trips up to the cabin (esp with puff’s new car).
-fail. I blame the wedding. but we’re planning a trip for next month (which will be lola’s first time up there!)
19.) get a piece of artwork or illustration printed in a journal or magazine.
20.) try to maintain a clean apartment 99% of the time & get rid of unnecessary clutter-y things.
-I would honestly consider this done. I really do feel like my home life in general is more organized, and that we’ve purged a lot of unused and unnecessary things.
21.) take better care of my car- monthly washes, vacuums, keep shit out of it, etc.
-while my car is generally empty of ‘stuff’ (mainly coffee mugs and random bags), I don’t think I’ve done a good job of keeping it clean. let’s just consider this half done.
22.) learn to not juggle too many things at one time, or over schedule myself.
-DONE. I think making the decision to take a break from my MFA to work on our wedding was proof in itself.
23.) get a dog *pending landlord approval.
-done! and I’m so happy to say it. one of the main reasons we moved was to get a dog, and I just adore our crazy little furbaby pug of ours.
24.) become a morning person (this is going to be tough, but I need to).
-done. this happens naturally the minute you bring home a nine week old puppy. morning person for life.
25.) if possible – continue to avoid grad school loans.
26.) go to iceland.
-done! and I’m still writing about our journey…
all things considered, I feel pretty accomplished after reviewing this list. I feel like I’ve done so much just in the past 6 months alone. that being said, 27 goals for the current year are up next.
*photo by floataway studios