Goals for 2019 – Starting Today!

Your speed doesn’t matter,

forward is forward…

A new year, a new start. I seem to be going in circles with my goals. Last year I posted a similar post about not converting any inspiration into creative energy.  About just floating around aimlessly, bobbing left and right, always tired, always planning but not doing, like some sort of paralysis. 

Well, let me tell you: not much has changed yet. My day is still not focused enough.  And I’m still losing time left and right, especially with a whirlwind toddler going on two. I feel like all that energy she has is sucked right out of me, lol.

But my motivation is very high again. Even if it is at a snail’s pace, I am leaning and growing. I have some good techniques and plans, I should be able to put in place to make my life easier and more productive.

And to keep track of my progress, I have revised my little list of goals for the future:

  1. A clean home: I want to revive my de-cluttering habit plan. I have told myself, I don’t mind and it’s normal to have a messy house because of the little one, but I know it bugs me to see the clutter. To feel more relaxed and comfortable in my house, I believe I need to get rid of the clutter. And in reality, de-cluttering is a pretty good activity to do around a toddler. Not only is it one of the few things you won’t mind them trying to be part of (ever tried to read a book or draw next to a toddler, ugh), but it will also teach them a good lesson.  
  2. More energy: I wrote about this topic multiple times, but did I do the things I suggested to myself? No. So, it is back to the drawing board. A big part of this will have to be exercise, which (with the winter months coming) will have to be mostly indoors. I do have my eye on yoga. That is also something that can be done with a toddler, although that might end in something comical. Second part of it is getting enough sleep. That one has been hard for me. My little one stays up quite late, but I have to get up early for work AND want to do things after the kid is in bed. However, with her starting a pre-K program soon, this will likely get better. And lastly there is diet. Including more fruits, vegetables and fiber into my diet as well as losing some weight should contribute to having more energy.
  3. Be creative: I ave not been doing as much of my creative activities as I would like in the past months. I want to paint and draw more but also get some crafting in. This will really come down to being successful with the other goals
  4. Better blog: my goal is to be more consistent with blogging, take inspiration from my favorite blogs to improve my writing, and review some old posts to potentially overhaul them and bring them back to life. I have made a plan for posts and created an idea pool to draw from. I also want to improve the pictures to be more appealing visually.
I think this is a good list. I see a lot of other people post more specific goals with numbers attached to them, like how many post reads. Others want to improve their follower counts on social media. I didn’t really want to go there because I feel, if I improve on my goals above, I likely also improve in the numbers.
I have learned about myself that if I pressure myself too much with dates and numbers, I will just freeze or lose motivation, and achieve less in the end.
I am doing this for my and your benefit not for a review at work, lol.
But I still want to hold myself somewhat accountable and track progress.
I plan on writing more details on my goals as I tackle them and in little monthly reviews.
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#Mermay Recap and Summer Dreams

MerMay 2018

Yes, it is June, and yes, I did participate in Mermay – if only a little  🙂

I have a few things brewing, including some crafting for the babe, gardening and reviving habit plans. But the main focus is still my art, if we are talking creative activities. Of course spending time with my family and caring for my little one always comes first – at least for me.

It is almost summer now, and sure feels like it with many warm days and even some water fun for the babe already.

This weather puts me in the mood to paint summer and travel related things. I have couple topics I want to explore:

  1. Fernweh:
    I love travel. I have done a lot of travel and will do more in the future. But I also know that I cannot go everywhere I want to. At least not right now, and maybe never. But I always love to dream and look at pictures of other people’s travels. So I want to paint all this under the Fernweh topic. Fernweh is a German word and means the longing for a far away place.
  2. Childhood Memories:
    Today I was reminded of a wonderful summer childhood memory of mine by an Instagram post of a friend. This gave me the idea to paint my own childhood memories. Little stories. I may make them as paintings or as little comic strips. I kind of envision them like illustrations to a children’s book. This topic is not strictly summer related, although I have a lot of nice summer memories that I could start with and work my way through the season.

But I know, I know, I need to find some sort of routine to make time for the art. I have been struggling with that. One of my biggest weaknesses is that I am interested in too many things, and have not been able to say no to myself. I want to simplify my life and that means I need to let go of some things I want to do, at least for the time being. And this is a big reason I am trying to get back to habit plans.

But more about that in a future post. As a closer, here my Mermay pieces:

MerMay 1 - My cup of tea
MerMay 1 – My cup of tea

MerMay 2 - Sea Cuties
MerMay 2 – Sea Cuties

MerMay 3 - The fox and the siren
MerMay 3 – The fox and the siren

MerMay 4 - Rebel Mermaid
MerMay 4 – Rebel Mermaid

MerMay 5 - Frida de Mayo
MerMay 5 – Frida de Mayo

Mermay 6 - Gala of the Ocean
Mermay 6 – Gala of the Ocean