I'm not much for resolutions that start on January 1, given their proven tack record for failure. Why set myself up for that?
So my plan for 2018 is to continue reinforcing some of the good habits I started in 2017 and to expand on them as the mood hits.
- Daily sketching. I just completed a second 30-day sketching challenge (see photo above) and am geared up to go for number three this month. I can't say that I'm getting better at sketching. I'm trying lots of new things, seeing what works and what I might want to keep playing with and exploring. But the minute I try something new it's like starting back at ground zero. The results are not always Instagrammable.
How to expand this habit in 2018: by sharing more of my experiments and process, even when they don't work. Because everyone starts out disappointed in what they make. The trick is to ignore the inner critic and keep making stuff until our skill catches up with our vision.
- (Mostly) daily blogging. Because I find that if I keep up with my writing, Spirit keeps pumping words through me. I'm hoping for a cohesive theme. Or maybe learning to be okay with all my randomness--hiking, sketching, van life, spiritual seeking, essential oils. It's all good.
How to expand this sharing habit in 2018: by resuming my newsletter habit and devoting more energy to Instagram where I love to connect with other sketchers, hikers, van dwellers and inspiring people. This may even be the year I delete my Facebook account.
- Alcohol free living. I quit drinking alcohol in 2017. I feel better. I sleep better. I'm more productive. I like feeling this way better than I like the taste of red wine.
How to expand the alcohol-free habit in 2018: maybe start making my own kombucha again? Because I have a new drinking problem and it is kombucha.
One new thing for 2018
Okay, there's one new thing I'm trying starting today...Bullet Journaling. Because I'm the queen of random, I have an office littered with notebooks, post-its, scrap paper, sketchbooks. It's an organizational nightmare, though, on the plus side, studies show that people who work in messy environments are "28 percent more creative on average" than their neat-freak counterparts.
So there's that.
Still, there are things I want to accomplish. Projects planned. Ideas that want to come to fruition.
I spend a lot of time looking for the right notebook where I jotted down some brilliant idea and chasing down to-do lists where I've done some project planning. I'm condensing it all into one notebook at a time and organizing it Bullet Journal style just so I can find whatever I'm working on.
Giving up all but one notebook may actually be harder than giving up red wine and dark beer.
I'll share what my Bullet Journal looks like (nothing fancy, and it's separate from my sketch journal) and keep you posted on how it works as the year progresses.
Meanwhile, here's what's new in my sketch journal...