I have taken my time to come up with some attainable goals for 2015. Not resolutions, people break those to easily. Goals are much better, they are SMART, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.
Goal 1. Complete12 Fine art pieces this year. It usually does not take me more than a month to create most of my art. I do have pieces that are really detailed and take longer. I also can work on more than one piece at time. I already have 4 finished pieces and plans for 3 more.
Goal 2. Create 12 Graphic Design / Marketing packets. This should include a flyer template, business card, and website template. If this is not challenging enough I can add a FaceBook banner or something similar. I have plans for 5 already. I just have to sit down and do it. I also need to work on creating some clip art for various projects that are ongoing. I am working on some flowers, traffic jam, cars, and some monthly banners, to name a few.
Goal 3 Get healthier! What kind of year would it be without some kind of health goal? I would like to get healthier this year, lose a few inches and pounds. I have a figure in mind, but with the injury I received in December (darn irresponsible dog owners) I have not been able to work out as much as I would like. This also impacts goal 2, since it is painful to sit for more than a few minutes at a time.
Goal 4 Read 10 Books. This is not a high goal. I have been known to read three or four books in a 24 hour period. I really want to finish some books that are non-fiction, Tim Wu’s Master Switch, some coding books and a few more on how social media is changing our minds and perceptions. I do have to finish a few fiction books to.
Goal 5 (Bonus Goal) Find some meaningful volunteer work. I have been looking and looking for some kind volunteer work that is meaningful to me. I like to help people but I have found that many people who “need” an artist are looking to take advantage of the artists skills and will work them into depression. It would be cool to help with a mural or some kind of artsy fundraiser. Perhaps an advert on Craigslist or something will help. I have not done that yet.
I am working on some bits for my tutorial series. Updates to those should be forth coming.
Have a good 2015!