Saturday, 26 January 2019

Why my 2019 goals aren't that specific


My 2019 goals/resolutions, and why they're mostly not specific. A self portrait of me working this year.
I planned to do a whole post about my 2018 goals and a little review on how they went and what I achieved, but I didn't. I completed quite a few of my extensive 18 goal list but, while I was really happy with what I achieved, some of the goals throughout the year didn't fit where I was going with my life and because of that, I didn't achieve them. This year I wanted to set fewer goals (I ended up with 12 so not that much less) and set more open goals that were not necessarily easier to achieve but ones that could be flexible with how my life shapes up over the next 12 months. They're more aspirations than goals which I find works better for me. They're things I'd like to be better at or do more of instead of harsh set goals. So only 5 out of the 12 goals have a definite completion, for example, my Goodreads goal of reading 50 books this year.

SO WHAT'S THE PLAN?

My aim was to have a main goal to focus on for each month of the year but already halfway through January that hasn't worked out. And, that's okay! Instead, I've been working on all of them while directly focussing on a couple at a time and so far that's working out better.

My overall plan for this year is to grow. To work on the skills I want to be better at in order to get where I want to be in 5 or 10 years. I want to create and post more content to grow my following on my lettering Instagram. Then, in turn, grow the number of people interested in my work so when I eventually create something people can buy, I'll have the community there ready and waiting for it to launch.

Last year I ended up achieving way more than just the small 18 goals I put on the list. I organised my life, got a little bit more confident, I went on my first overseas holiday without an 'adult' in tow, and I even launched a podcast that currently has 10 episodes and 2 mini episodes! Even more surprising, I started learning to drive again after almost 9 years of stress and anxiety - hopefully I can get my restricted this year as that's another of my definitive completion goals.

WHERE TO FROM HERE?

Well my plan for the rest of January and all of February is just to create content. I want to continue to post on here at least once a week, and I want to continue posting as much as possible on my lettering Instagram. Currently I'm managing every day but I don't want to put that pressure on myself to continue exactly that, I'm happy with 'as much as possible'. 

The aim is to figure out what it is I like to make and possibly 'find my style' but who knows how long that's going to take! If you'd like to follow my journey though, be sure to follow me on @sofillyletters as my regular instagram isn't getting as much love at the moment because of this. 

I also want to illustrate more and fingers crossed actually get better at it, in particular drawing people to add to my lettering. As you may be able to tell from my attempted self portrait above I really need to work on proportions and how the hell arms connect to the body?!? 

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Well done if you made it this far! My year is going to be full of things I want to do and maybe I'll achieve it all but more likely I won't but I feel a little bit better knowing the direction I want to go in. If you're interested in what my 12 goals actually are (and that's why you're here... sorry) let me know and I can go into them a bit more.

Have you made any goals this year?


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