January Wrap-Up: Goals, Faves, and What’s To Come

What. A. Week. This last week of January has kicked me in the ass hardcore in terms of staying on top of things. Despite getting many productive things done, I still ended the week with so much left to do, things I didn’t get done at all, and the overall feeling that I am epically behind. And it really opened my eyes to so many things regarding my personal time management. Something to work on in February! For now, let’s see how I fared with January’s goals.

#1. Make art every day. I’m calling this a win. I think there were two days over the whole month where I know I didn’t work on some piece of art. In total, I made 4 finished pieces, 4 sketch portraits, and many doodles/concepts in my sketchbook. I am really, really happy with that result.

#2. Stay caught up on blogging. Definitely a yes! I blogged a stupid amount (for me) this month. I’ve never aspired to be a daily blogger but because I missed out on all of December I had so much catching up to do along with introducing new stuff, and honestly by the end, it was too much. In fact, I had posts I wanted for both Friday and Saturday but chose to skip them and work on other things. So while I did stay caught up, I also learned that I need to give myself a schedule and stick to it.

#3. Be active. Also a yes! I stuck with Yoga Camp and fell in love with it, along with playing outside with my little in the snow, shoveling, and lots of crazy dance parties. I also signed up for my first ever Virtual Race thanks to this awesome post by Nerdy Alerty and I’m so excited to have a commitment to running this year!

This month had some pretty general, easy-to-achieve goals, but nonetheless I’m really happy to have nailed them.

The new thing I want to add to my wrap-ups each month: favorites! I love monthly favorite posts from the YouTubers I follow along with and I figured, hey, I’ll write my own! And if I ever delve into YouTube, I’ll have to make one there! This month’s faves are:

sakura gelly roll pens

  • Sakura Gelly Roll white pens. (Affiliate Link!) I DON’T KNOW HOW I LIVED WITHOUT THESE FOR SO LONG.
  • This mascara. I still love it.
  • Fiona’s YouTube channel. I adore her accent. Is that weird??
  • Yoga Camp
  • Participating in my first joint giveaway with some awesome blog ladies! (It goes through February 9th so enter today!)
  • Lake Street Dive releasing this new track from their upcoming album. So in love with this band. So many eargasms.
  • And lastly, playing LEGO Harry Potter with my daughter, along with reading through the illustrated version with her. Reliving the magic has been amazing, especially as she experiences it for the first time.

harry potter fun

Looking forward to February, I’m excited to hone in and have some more specific goals to aim for. Time management is going to be a huge focus (so weeks like this one don’t happen again) Finding a blog schedule is up there as well, along with further continuing my art endeavors. I want to thank all of you again for your amazing support about my art; it truly means a ton to me. As such, I’m doing something special for you readers next month, so be sure and stay tuned!

How was your January? Anything you’re looking forward to in February? Let me know!

  • Good for you for having completed all of your goals! Lego Harry Potter is most certainly a very enjoyable game, especially together. Gaming together with your child seems so fun!

    • Kay

      Thanks! And it is fun to game with her, but it definitely requires patience (as does most of parenting haha). It slows down the game a lot, but it’s so great to see her learn how to play and have fun together as gamers!

  • Loved reading your posts this month! Looking forward to the months ahead to spend digitally together 🙂

    • Kay

      Thank you Alice, and I agree!

  • It was actually kind of a crappy month for me between getting sick twice and having issues at work. I just really hope February is better and I just have to get used to the annoying changes at work. Anyway, at least I started going to the gym this month which has made me feel better!
    ~Sara

    • Kay

      Aw sorry January was a rough one! I definitely hope things look up in February, and that you keep enjoying the gym! 🙂

  • B.

    My January was pretty awesome goal wise! But I can’t believe tomorrow is February already! And I need to buy that mascara!

    • Kay

      I can’t believe it either. This last week FLEW by. I hope you like the mascara if you try it out!

  • Danette Perez

    Well even if you didn’t win em all, sounds like you still got a ton done. Def beat me in the art department, that’s for sure 😛 Awesome you are loving yoga so much too!

    • Kay

      Thanks! Definitely going to make an effort to continue yoga even though Yoga Camp is over. And we must make all the arts together. 😀

  • christine

    Sounds like a great month – here’s to Feb! I hear you on the blogging. I blogged more this month than Nov-Dec and it got a little exhausting. I have no clue how some people blog daily or even every other day!

    • Kay

      Me either! Daily blogging is exhausting! Keeping up with it all (writing the posts, taking photos for each one, editing…) is just so much work, and I can easily see myself burning out if I kept up this current pace. I’m cutting back in February, to around 4 posts a week max, but that’s definitely the most I want in a week for sure!

  • Daily blogging is HARD! I started a new job last week and I missed posting something on Thursday and I felt the guiltiest! Favorites videos are some of my favorites too so I’m happy to see one in blog form!

    • Kay

      I don’t know how people blog daily and manage to accomplish anything else! Though I’m sure so much of it comes down to time management. Definitely a personal focus for this month!

  • Danielle Knapp

    I’ve never been a big gamer but now that we have a Play Station I MUST play Lego Harry Potter 🙂 Also, I totally forgot about Gelly Roll pens – I was obsessed with them for so long!

    • Kay

      Lego Harry Potter is SO MUCH FUN! So silly, yet still has all the magic of the HP world. And those pens…so perfect for adding in white highlights in my art…I’m in love!

  • gamerwife

    I also completely dropped the ball these past couple of weeks. Here’s to better scheduling and time management!

  • Great job!!! Man you had a super creative/active month! I’m working up towards a “do this every day” goal right now and it’s kind of scary and you did two! dang girl!

    • Kay

      Thanks! I’m kind of forcing myself to commit too the deep end this year and just go for it. I know me, and I know if I continue to slow roll it I will keep finding excuses and reasons to not get things done. Giving myself steady goals and deadlines is a bit stressful, but it’s the good motivating kind of stress not the panic inducing anxiety stress, ya know? 🙂

  • Your January looks so much better than mine. Hahaha I feel like I didn’t accomplish anything. Blah.

    What are you using gelly roll white pens for? They sound and look interesting.

    • Kay

      Adding in white detailing to my drawings…it’s a freaking live saver. Especially on small portraits and things. Instead of having to try and not have my markers bleed or cover areas I want to be white, I can add in that bright highlight after the fact. This particular brand is so smooth and opaque, and I love them.

  • January was a good month for me! I didn’t really have any goals at all, in fact for this year my goal is to just be happy… do what I want, be happy, and not stress out so much. Coming up with a blogging schedule is tough. Our lives change so much every month that one month a certain schedule will work, but then something happens the next month that throws it off. I decided to just blog whenever I have time/feel like it. It’s much better this way! Good luck with your goals and I hope you have a great February!

    • Kay

      You as well! I think it’s totally great that you are taking the time to just focus on being happy. That’s excellent. And so important. I like planning out a blog schedule (it helps calm my brain) but it is very flexible…sometimes if I don’t feel like writing a post, I don’t. Or if I just want to write something I hadn’t planned on, I do! I agree that doing it when you want is definitely best!

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