Sitting here surrounded by paper.Step by step instructions on how to improve Me. Things I have accomplished.Things I want to accomplish, Things I need to change. Things I need to do..
I love this process of delving deep into my life and assessing what needs to change in order to move forward. I am very good at assessing, not so good at doing. I cannot lie..change is exhausting.
When I look back at 2014 in all its glory..and failures, I can't help but notice that a lot of my behaviour is still the same. I still need to change my daily habits in order to move forward.
In a nutshell - I think I need to get out of my comfort zone.
Oh, how I love my comfort zone...Nothing that a few glasses of wine can't tell you.
It will take more than one sitting to figure out my plan of action. I have been jotting things down over the past months, but a plan needs to be formulated in order to execute.
Today, instead of sharing my deepest, darkest fears, I will share some lessons learned in 2014.
1. Learning - I love learning, I love new things and I love starting. Unfortunately, while these are all positive, they sometimes lead me astray. I need to focus on one thing at a time. I have too many ideas and I want to get them all down at once. I end up doing a lot of everything. I am good at lots of things, I am not great at one thing. I need to be great at one thing.
2. Focus - explore a theme in its entirety. Make a game plan and follow it through. In art and In life.No more willy nilly half efforts trying to learn handlettering or skate skiing. A commitment is in order.
3. Art - Motifs need to be clean and concise. They need to be read well. All of your art needs to come across loud and clear. Your style, your colours and your brand. In the world of art licensing this art also needs to be commercial. So while I have my style and some quirkiness mixed in, I still need it to be sellable.
4. Opportunity - Sitting here and waiting for people to knock on my door will not have people knocking down my door. I need to be proactive, show my work and actually do some of my own door knocking.
5. Show up everyday - show up, start, create. It may not be great, but all work leads to something. No art is ever wasted. Practice makes better. recognize when rest is needed, but otherwise forge onwards.
6. Time - there is enough time in the day to do it all, it just takes some planning. Map out your day and divide your work into do-able time slots. Concentrate on one task. Prioritize what is most important - do it. Then move onto the next task with a feeling of accomplishment.
7. Uninterrupted workflow - My best work comes with no distractions. Blocks of time creating with no pings, tweets or wandering thoughts. I have tried the Pomodoro technique, tweaking it to be my own. I find these small segments of time useful for starting projects that I am feeling a bit stuck in.
8. Personal projects - A fun, personal project, be it a daily sketch or a painting a day, with the right hash tag, can get you lots of leverage.Share your work!
9. Agent - I think this was the best decision for me this year. I love the challenge of working to a brief. I love the feedback and love the variety of creating from home decor down to digital greetings. They also introduced my work to a whole cast of others that I wouldn't have had the time to search out. Art licensing is a slow process, but I have faith that it works for those who persevere.
10. Website/blog - keep it updated. I cringe when I look up and know that mine is so out of date. It is YOU! It is your story. Keep it current. (sorry...promise to prioritize this one..)
So, here I sit mapping out my game plan. I have my fingers crossed that I am working in the right direction and doing the right thing. Feeling a wee bit nervous, but knowing in my heart that it is time to move up and onwards.
I have included a few online resources which I pop in to help me on my way. I take what works for me from both and combine them to make it my own.
Christine Kane Word Of The Year
Do What You Love New Years Revolution
Write everything down. Share it with your friends and creative partners. Shout it out loud!
Nothing like the world holding you accountable for it all.
Be honest. Have fun.