August: Small Goals

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With the last month of summer upon us it’s time for some August goals. Be sure to check out Writes Like A Girl’s blog, as I recently discovered she’s who started the small goals train! She’s got a link-up too!

If I’m being honest, I wrote July’s goals in a post and literally never looked at them again. I never even wrote them in my bullet journal. I’ve got the post open in another tab right now as I write this just to remember what they are. So the July goal wrap-up will probably be pretty rough. :/

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July Goals Wrap-Up

1. Reach out locally about art jobs. Sigh. Nope. I’m the worst.

2. Set aside 20 minutes each day for sketching. Nope. I did do a lot more sketching, but definitely not every day. It’s still something I need to work on to make it a regular habit.

3. Finish another Zodiac portrait. Success! Libra is complete, and I’m moving on to Cancer next.

4. Brainstorm ideas for Patreon. Success! I’ve got a rewards system planned out, and even a launch date prepped.

Well, two out of four is better than I expected! Onto August goals.

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August Goals

1. Complete another Zodiac portrait. This should be incredibly easy since it’s already drawn out. I just need to add color.

2. Prep for Patreon launch. Now that it’s planned, I need to get some things ready for it! Some illustrations for the page, some rewards – much to do this month!

3. Yoga at least 3 times a week. I’ve been quite lax about yoga this summer, often only setting aside time for it once or twice a week. I feel so much better when I start the day with a yoga session, and need to get back into that schedule.

4. Thumbnails for my Fear series. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I just posted my first piece in a series all about Fear. With the first one done, I want to get thumbnails of more ideas so I can get to work on them in the fall.

Sticking to four sounds like a plan! In reality, I have a lot more things I’d like to get done but these are the biggies.

Have you got any big plans or goals for the last month of summer? 

  • B.

    The flowers in this post are beautiful! Good luck on your goals for the month!

    • Kay

      Thank you! They are from my grandmother’s garden…I always raid her gardens with my camera for nature header images haha!

  • Hey, I’d say you’re doing quite well for not checking out last month’s goals. :O

    I don’t know my own goals by heart, but they’re down there in my bullet journal and I check them every now and then. If it’s any comfort, I never complete all of them, either!

    What I try to do when I repeatedly don’t make a goal is transform it into a smaller goal, to make it less scary. Maybe that’s something you could do for your local art goal. There’s a super interesting book I read recently about how to successfully take on things that feel like a big step or that you keep putting off… but now this is turning into a blog post rather than a comment!

    One thing I might do this month is to finally create an Instagram account, because I’d love to get in touch with others that like to create art. I notice it’s hard to find like minded people through blogging! I could post my own drawings (which does feel kinda scary) and not miss out on yours, because that link above in your post made me realize there’s lots of stuff you made that isn’t on your blog.

    Btw, I love your first fear entry. I share the same fear! I’ve been afraid of water my whole life; it’s better now, but I still don’t dare to go underwater.

    As for anxiety, that sucks, and its something I’m battling as well. It’s only this year that I’ve started recognising it as such.

    • PS Goal to not make this comment into a blog post of its own failed! ^^

      • Kay

        Hey I don’t mind at all! 😀

        And thank you so much! I highly recommend making an art Instagram account if you’re looking to connect with others. It can be intimidating and scary both to share your art on a platform and to find other to connect with, but I think it’s really worth it. It is a lot of work though – thanks to the new IG algorithims, when just using the ‘explore’ tab on Instagram, you only ever really see this huge massive art accounts with 10k+ followers. Finding smaller accounts does take more effort, but like I said, worth it! Utilizing hashtags in your own posts and your searches can help with that. If you make an account, I will def be following along!

  • ELissa WOrkman

    Those dahlia’s are beautiful! I think you’re doing really well with your goals. It’s not always the easiest with little people running around, dishes piling up, laundry to fold. Keep at it! Love your work on Instagram.

    • Kay

      Thank you so much! <3

  • Yayyy, you’re starting a Patreon. That’s so exciting! Will you have a $1 bracket? I know it’s not much but I’d love to hop in on that.

    I’m so excited to see more of your Fear series. The first one was amazing.
    A photography shoot I wanted to do was mental illness/invisible illnesses. Feel free to take the inspo for another series in the future. I would love to see your twist. (:

    • Kay

      Thank you so much Kayla! There will definitely be a $1 tier and I’ll be posting all over the place about the launch.
      I too am really excited to continue the fear series! Illustrating fears that aren’t mine may prove tricky, so I’m looking forward to the challenge. An invisible illness series sounds amazing; if you ever do shoot it I hope you share! 🙂

      • Yay! I’m excited to be able to support you.

        Feel free to reach out about the fear series if you need anyone to bounce ideas off of. I know I contributed to your list. As far as the invisible illness series, I might just do it with stock photos sense it will be heavily photomanipulation anyway. I’ll definitely share though! (:

  • Yay for Patreon! 😀 😀 😀 So happy for your adventure! 😀

    • Kay

      Thanks so much Pepi! <3


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