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So today I've been thinking about goals. I happened to read a post by a guy named Mike Hyatt who owns a publishing house and blogs about writing, among other things. The post he wrote is about mistakes people make when setting goals. You can read the article here. It's got me thinking about some of my big goals for this year and I thought I'd share them with you all.
Most of you who read this already know about my Kickstarter and the goals that go with it. If I meet the low goal I'll be able to create a piece of art every week this year and end up with 52 pieces. The larger goal is making a piece every day and ending up with a full 365 pieces. The more I work on these goals, sending out messages via Etsy, Facebook, Twitter and the like the more determined I am to at least get the 52 pieces made, whether or not I have the funding. If I have to I'll make paintings on whatever scraps of paper I have left if I can't afford to buy more supplies. I've at least got the watercolor paint to make it through a year of that, though collages and other art forms wouldn't have the same luck. And so far I'm right on track with that, having finished 3 pieces at just over 3 weeks in. I've got another 8 pieces in progress and ideas for lots more written down. I think half my trouble comes from finding what to get started on first!
I have some other goals too though. Some more personal ones like finding a good church to go to here in Raleigh. Sometimes I feel like that's hard because Bryan and I grew up in really different styles of churches, though our personal beliefs are really similar. I'm not going to go into the spiritual parts of it all, because this isn't the place for that. However, I really look forward to finding a place with good community because I miss having friends here. I have lots of family that so far has filled in very well, but I know I need to have friends outside of relatives. I think of all of this as things that will feed my emotional stability and improve my mental health.
I also want to get my art established better here in the Raleigh area, and I would really love to participate in a couple of shows my the end of the year. I've also thought about showing my work in other areas too, and would like to be able to that. And I would like to join some artist associations so I can get to know other artists. network, and just get in the loop about things. All of that is a little more dependent on money, which brings me to the next big goal.
Working on tackling our finances. I've got student loans, we had our car get totaled a couple months back and had a huge rise in car insurance simply for living somewhere there's a risk of being rear-ended, plus the costs of a "new" car. However, it's taught me how to be a couponer, and we're now masters of making and sticking to budgets. We also eat out a lot less than we used to. Recently I switched to an Obamacare plan, in my case it cut my insurance costs in half compared to my husband's employee insurance! Next month things will start looking up as we've finally caught up to all the things that were setting us back so much the past few months. We're buying a fantastic photograph from Matthew Alexander, a fellow CCAD alum as a way of celebrating making this goal!
For mental stimulation I've vowed to read at least one new book each month, which if you know me isn't a huge goal. I was the 10 year old kid who read over 100 books one summer, because a kind library patron saw that the summer reading program wasn't enough challenge for me. She asked me to make it to 50 instead, and then gave me a gift card for a local bookstore. I kept going and hit 100 books before school started that fall. However, I read a lot less when I was at CCAD, and making art in high gear cuts down on my reading time. Since it's also some of my best mental fuel I'm making a point of keeping it around!
Lastly I've also been making more effort than ever to be healthy. Simply getting in more fruit and veggies and less junk, eating more organic and local, and putting more exercise into my daily routine. I'd been doing dance workouts about twice a week for most of the last year, but now I'm also adding in yoga 1-2 times a week, some weight training, walking, plus other routines too. And last year I gave up keeping soda in the house, so these days I drink a lot more water.
So, all this is what's going on in the background each day, and what keeps me going. Sometimes I feel like it's not a big enough deal to talk about on here, but really, all the little details are important to my story. I'm guessing you all feel the same way about your lives, some of those details are what make us feel ourselves. Hopefully you all have made it through all this, and I hope even more that it's been interesting, showing you more about who I am. Until Monday.