As 2016 draws to close, many headlines offer reflections of the last year and there are countless “best of” posts all over social media. While I do feel a certain amount of reflection is necessary, this year I am solely focused on looking ahead.
Starting my writer website was a challenge for me this year. I had much to learn, made numerous mistakes and jumped ahead without a strategic plan in place for when I landed. Thus, I did not see measurable progress and it was no one’s fault but my own.
Looking forward, I have set smart goals and mapped out plans for how to achieve them. Being organized gives the creative side of me time to create and freedom to explore new ideas. Over the last few days, I’ve blocked out time for creative projects and transferred known scheduled events to the fresh pages of my new yearly planner.
My first creative goal for 2017 is to write every day. Aiming for 500 words each day, whether here, on another blog, for a client or another creative writing project for myself, seems to be a reasonable amount that will allow other writing goals to be met as well.
I certainly need to set some goals for my work as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, but I’ve not been settled on which direction I should focus on first. Despite that uncertainty, spending more time working with the new products from the Spring Occasions Catalog, especially the watercolor pencils, will be happening in the near future.
Some creative endeavors cannot be pigeonholed into any type of goal. They start on a whim and end only when I’m exhausted and the house feels like it is falling apart around me. I’m not sure whether to be thankful that doesn’t happen too often, or despondent because inspiration does always strike me with the urgency to complete the task at all costs.