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To paraphrase from Aaron Burr in Hamilton, I’m moving from a “Wait For It” mentality to a “Room Where It Happens” attitude. Okay, maybe Burr shouldn’t be my inspiration, but the words of the songs make sense. I’ve spent a lot of time waiting for things, watching others move forward and justifying it to myself as me being practical and patient. While that was true to some extent, there was also a healthy dose of fear and plain old hesitation and procrastination. I’ve been letting go of that slowly for several years now, but I think the state of the world around us has been a catalyst for a universal kick in the pants.
2018 Is a Year of Action & Change
It’s time for all of us to take control of our own destiny. There’s a lot in this world that seems uncertain and well out of our control, so I’ve decided that this year, for me, is about effecting as much change as I can, on myself, on those around me through my example and actions, and on the world at large through activism, voting, and participation.
Actionable Goals and Motivation to Meet Them
It’s been a few years since I made a resolution list. I know they almost never work, and I’ve tried a few other methods of starting the year with attainable, small goals instead of large drastic changes. I spent part of Christmas Eve sitting in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian hotel, enjoying an espresso martini while I worked on business notes, goals and plans for 2018.
My goals this year are really more about setting habits:
- Finish at least one creative knitting or sewing project a month (I recently re-taught myself to knit after several decades – hopefully my grandma is somewhere feeling proud of me for remembering as much as I do) and move away from the constant pile of unfinished projects.
- Reading (or listening to – yay audiobooks!) at least 3 books a month – one “fun” or fiction, one personal development, and one business-related.
- Write a minimum of 500 words a day, even if it’s just stream of consciousness stuff that no one else ever sees (To this end, I joined a 31-day writing challenge this month).
- Put my own self-care first.
- Find at least one good thing in every day.
What to expect here in 2018
Starting this month, I’ll be interspersing personal posts about what’s going on with our life and creative endeavors with a (hopefully helpful) series of business info posts, from figuring out your “why” and telling your story, to setting up shop, convention/show planning, social media best practices, and more. Some will be first hand experience and advice from our own adventures and mishaps, other information will come from trusted experts and experienced artists and creatives in the form of interviews, book reviews, and links to useful resources.
What else is going on?
Other projects and things that are in the works for 2018 are:
- Working on designing my first clothing line – a gender-blind line using models across the gender identity spectrum
- Conquering social media on my own behalf and learning to tell my OWN story
- Continuing to co-create two webcomics with my husband Harrison
The other thing that Harrison and I are doing together is focusing on our finances. Over the holiday season, I read two money management books, Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover and I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi. Though they have slightly different approaches, both have great information on how to make achievable plans and goals with your finances beyond just making a budget (challenge enough when you’re reliant on commission and contract work!) Our goal is to get our debt handled which will get us in a better position for Harrison to become a full time freelance artist.
- Business: Rhonda Swan Skills Are Cheap Passion Is Priceless: Turn Your Passion Into Your Unstoppable Profit Making Machine (Rhonda is part of the Unstoppable Family and the FreedomPreneur movement – they’ve become an inspiration and great source of business info for me. You can also get her social media & branding cheat sheet here).
- Fun/Fiction: Greg Rucka Star Wars Guardians of the Whills (I love everything Greg writes, and this focuses on my two favorite characters from Rogue One, Baze Malbus and Chirrut Imwe)
- Personal Development: Amanda Palmer The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
So what are your actionable goals and plans for 2018?