I have plans to make 2016 a big year for myself. And to do that, I need goals. Honestly, I feel like this is the first time that I’ve gone into a new year with an actual idea for where I want to be at the end of it. Many times, I’ll think about things I’d like to accomplish but they are usually short term, and nothing that tends to involve long term planning or commitment to. This year is different. This year I know where I am now, and I know where I’d like to be by December of this year. I have two major goals this year to get me there.
My biggest #1 goal for the year of 2016 is to start selling my art online. It’s something I’ve mulled around for the entirety of 2015, had endless talks with the hubs and BFFs about, and this is the year I make it happen. I’ll delve further into it in a post coming up this month, but currently I have plans to be ready to go for the beginning of April, and I hope I can stick to that.
Goal number 2: SAVE MONEY. The hubs and I already live on a relatively low budget, but we still spend, in my opinion, a lot of frivolous money given our income. We go out to movies, order food in, and snag geeky things on a frequent basis (damn you, Funko POPs!). Plus we treat our daughter to fun things and adventures as well. By no means do we intend to cut off ALL fun things, especially for our little miss, but we really need to reign it in if we realistically want to save for a house in the near future. I’m planning on blogging about our budgeting and saving successes (or failures?) so you’ll get a front row seat to how it goes.
The other ‘goal’ for this year isn’t really a specific thing. I’ve decided to passively participate in the One Little Word project, with my word being FOCUS. I know it’s a bit broad, but it really does best describe what I want to do in 2016. I have the tendency to over-reach myself when it comes to goal making. I want to do ALL THE THINGS ALL AT ONCE and what ends up happening is a bunch of half finished incomplete things. This year, I want to focus on keeping myself on task, and keeping not only my goals reasonable, but the plans to achieve them reasonable as well. I’ll have a Focus blog series going on, which will not only keep me on track, but also share my methods of what worked and what didn’t with you guys!
As for January’s goals, I’m keeping it pretty simple.
- Make art every day. I need to work on sketching and being more consistent about making art. Mary Doodles is starting her #dailydoodle again this year on Instagram, and always invites people to join so that will be great motivation. Whether I’m sketching aimlessly, or working on an actual piece I need to focus on consistently making art.
- Stay caught up on blogging. This shouldn’t be too difficult after not blogging for a month and working with a clean slate, but I want to make sure I keep on top of having posts written and scheduled. I’ve learned that I really don’t like blogging last minute to get a post ready.
- Be Active. Over the last two months I’ve entirely fallen off the exercise boat. And it takes a toll mentally as much as physically. So whether I’m specifically doing a workout or just making time for a 15 minute crazy dance party with my five year old, I want to focus on being more active consistently. I signed up for Yoga With Adrienne’s Yoga Camp which kicked off January 1st, and I’m excited to stick with it!
Do you have any goals for the year? How about the month?