This year I'm leaning toward goals without specifics or numbers so maybe they should be called intentions. I'd like to be a little less focused on achieving a number and a little more focused on enjoying the work. I know that goes against all the research on setting and achieving goals. I also know myself and I'm concerned that without the specifics I won't do as much or anything at all. I've been sort of stuck wrestling with these two ideas.
The other day I sat down and wrote out all the personal projects I've worked on over the last couple years. I really enjoy my projects...so much so that I often keep them going and going. Then I have so many ongoing projects that I feel overwhelmed. This year I want to feel lighter. I want to enjoy the process. I want to work toward quality in a different way. I'm also really excited about starting new projects and exploring new mediums.
It took some thinking but I decided that this year I'm going to do some shorter-term challenges. I'll still do X quantity of something but in a shorter amount of time than months or years. That'll allow me to explore some new things like hand-lettering, cyanotypes, embroidery, digitizing my illustrations, and cooking/baking/coffee making. Of course I also want to make time for some old favorites like painting and marbling.
It sounds strange but I've set out to read less and watch more this year, weird I know. I watch very little TV and I rarely watch movies anymore. I miss the stories and the actors and just getting lost for a couple hours.
I decided on my first challenge today. ;) I'm going to watch as many of the Oscar nominated films as I can before the ceremony on February 28th. My goal is to watch all 8 of the best picture nominees. (I haven't seen ANY of them already.) If I can watch some of the other nominees, I'll count those as extra credit. The only other nominees I've already seen are Inside Out and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
I think this will be a fun challenge to start the year and very different from anything I've done before. Maybe I can do some drawings or designs along the way so I have some sort of final piece in the end. We'll see what comes of it. I'm sure I'll learn a lot and hopefully it'll spark ideas for new projects and new challenges.
The painting at the top will be a part of the Springfield Regional Arts Council's Hearts for the Arts: I See Red show. It's a silent auction and the council's yearly fundraising event. It begins on Friday, January 15 and runs through February 5th. You can place bids online here.