Today I am reviewing my goals that I set at the start of 2018, and I thought I would share my reflections and plans with you! Read on to find out more…
In my 2018 goals post I reviewed my goals from 2017, and laid out some new objectives for 2018. I also decided to choose an overall goal: to thrive from my art. I broke this down into a few business targets, as well as other more personal aims for the year:
- Art products & services
- Complete 365 day art challenge (end of October)
- Start other personal projects (small series of paintings to be sold as originals and prints, and/or used as examples for my portfolio)
- Start a private commission service (doing personalised paintings for individuals)
- Send personalised work to artists I admire
- Do live portraits at events/markets
- Sell prints and other products
- Create an online portfolio (via this blog) using all of the work above
- YouTube videos
- Upload every week (where possible)
- Reach total 10,000 views across all videos
- Gain 500 subscribers
- Interact with the community
- Instagram posts
- Post every day & use stories
- Reach 1,000 followers
- Interact with the community
- Listen to podcasts, read books & articles, watch videos about art & artists
- Practice yoga & go outside everyday
- Learn more about nature & try gardening (including looking after house plants!)
- Use my planner to schedule time
- Find a part-time job to help save money
- No new clothes, and try capsule wardrobe system (less decisions)
- Join a local choir or other club
- Continue writing pen-pal letters
- Make a mixed-media sketchbook for collage and experiments
Now that we are over halfway through 2018, I thought it would be a good time to revisit my goals, see if any need changing, and also consider how to implement them in my everyday to-do list, to actually keep them at the front of my mind and always be working towards them; towards being a thriving artist!
The first thing I noticed when looking back through these lists, is it needs a lot more detail, and perhaps some bigger, higher things to aim for. Although, this could really become a 5 year goals list, or ’30 goals to reach before I’m 30′, (which is in 5 years!!!).
Overall, looking back through my 2018 goals list, I feel like I’m well on course to achieve all of them, and some I already have achieved!
This leads me to think, I don’t really need yearly goals, since things seem to change so often, and I just need to break bigger targets down into smaller steps anyway. What I do need, and have been creating in my bullet journal, are monthly goals. So I will share those with you, starting with my goals for July:
- Create a business plan for Sunray Sister
- simple overview style
- official version
- Develop online marketing – both for Sunray Sister and Gallery Twenty
- post 365 art to Instagram daily
- write and schedule blog posts in advance
- plan and schedule Gallery Twenty social media
- Work on portrait commission service and promotion
- share my service via social media
- create personal examples to send to people I admire, and who have some influence online
- Develop new products – sell in Gallery Twenty, markets and online
- collage kits
- printed notebooks
- jewellery… more details to reveal soon!
- Develop workshops – hosted via Gallery Twenty
- …another exciting avenue to explore – I won’t say too much yet!
- Develop my art style and processes – research other artists
- diving into mixed media and collage some more
- rather than scrolling through Instagram, consciously seek out individual, significant artists who are masters of their technique, and learn from them.
- Manage my finances
- create a personal survival budget
- start doing bookkeeping
- Follow daily routines and a weekly schedule
- keep to my morning and evening routines, as written in my bullet journal
- try out a weekly schedule, where each day is assigned a certain focus (e.g. Mondays for admin, social media, blog posts etc., Tuesdays for commissions and making products, Wednesdays for experiments and new ideas etc. etc. etc!)
- Build my private piano teaching
- promote online and find more students
- develop more teaching tools/techniques from books and videos
- improve my own playing with daily practice
- Start a personal writing journal and reply to pen-pals
- use ‘The Vein of Gold’ by Julia Cameron to write out my worries and serve as a release of brain fog.
- write back to my pen-pals!
- Organise my clothes/spring clean!
- try altering pieces that I haven’t worn yet
- consider selling those I’m not going to wear or alter
- re-arrange the rest to make better use of space
There you go! My goals for July 2018. I might combine a reflection of how these went into my usual happy highlights post at the end of the month, and also share a new list for August. Let me know what you think!
Before you go I would like to tell you that we have an exciting event coming up at Gallery Twenty to welcome our first ever guest artist, Lucinda Dono!
The event takes place next Friday the 13th of July, between 6 and 8pm in Getliffe’s Yard, Leek. It’s free, and there will be free drinks and an exclusive 10% discount on everything in the gallery. Lucinda will have her work in the gallery for three whole months, so there will be plenty of opportunities to see her work alongside the other eight members’ creations if you can’t make it on Friday. Let us know via the event on Facebook, or pick up a paper invitation from the gallery.
Speak soon, stay creative!
Peace and love,