The New Year feels…well…new. And preparing for change can be wonderful and thrilling. However it’s important to take time to be thankful for the past year as well as looking ahead!
When you’re reviewing your year as an artist, think about what inspired you most this year? What or who encouraged or challenged your work? Who are some of your favourite artists? Favourite songs/albums or shows or pieces that you’ve seen and experienced this year? Looking back, these are important things to think about because one way or another they fueled your thinking.
In the midst of trying to fulfil your recent New Year Resolutions, take time to review your own achievements, failures and progress from the last year. What are some of the things you’re proud of regarding your own work the past year? What happened that you are grateful for? What didn’t happen that now, looking back, you are so grateful for?
And when thinking ahead as we inevitably do, here’s some wise words from Michelango:
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.’
When thinking about the coming year, what are your artistic goals for 2018? Writing goals? Music goals? Design goals?
Maybe it’s not specific to what kind of work you want to create but how you’re going to do it: committing to regularly to being a part of your local groups and networks, a new software to use, a different theme for your website and Instagram (you DO have these right?? Or this year – to get one!).
How are you going to plan it? I love lists and process diagrams therefore I like to format my goals and how I’m going to achieve them in this way. And what I love even more is getting to strike something off the list once it’s done. Even if it’s a little thing.
Don’t worry that this new goal of yours may be too big. The worst thing that will happen is that you don’t reach it. Don’t let yourself settle because of fear.
Nevertheless, we both know that your career, your art, your goals are NOT the most important things in life. So for last thoughts when reviewing your last year and in planning the one ahead, take time to ask yourself; what are your personal goals? Your friends and family goals?
Why do we bother to make goals and who are we ultimately thinking about?
So after taking time to think about these things, here’s to aiming high and to another year of creativity!
“Those who are lost in their passion are less lost than those who have lost their passion.”
“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
Clare Louise Roberts
Singer Songwriter, Actress, Poet and all round Creative, passionate about sharing, ideas, collaboration and seeing other people develop their skills and passions.
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