Looking forward to 2019, looking back to 2018

Looking back at what went well in 2018 and what I’d like to do in 2019.

I spent some time considering whether or not I would set goals for 2019. I’ve spent the past four months recovering from some pretty serious burnout and just trying to give myself some space to breathe. I’ve worked erratically and while I like the work I’ve done, I’ve also felt like I was spending a lot of time NOT working and I’ve felt guilty about that. I decided to not set goals would be to foster my increasingly lax work attitude.

In thinking about goal setting for this year, I knew I needed something different, maybe a bit more flexible. But I wasn’t able to articulate needing that flexibility when I first started pondering 2019 goals. So of course I googled 2019 goal setting and found this article on not setting goals. The article itself is enough to get you started but I went ahead and downloaded the “25 Questions for Reflection from the Last Year” and worked through them last night. I enjoyed this exercise WAY more than I expected to.

Here are a few highlights:

What did I accomplish in 2018?

  • Successfully completed the #the100DayProject
  • Finished 17 paintings
  • Got comfortable on camera filming things for Get Messy
  • SO MANY art journal pages
  • Finished 25 crochet projects

When did I do something wonderful for someone?

  • Donated part of the proceeds from my 100 Day Project to the Shoals Diversity Center
  • Made tiny shrines for four people in need of a little lift
  • Made three crochet pieces for people who needed a hug
  • Sent around 100 Get Out the Vote postcards (via Postcards to Voters) to encourage people in other states to vote and then after the election I handmade 75 postcards to send to friends who did vote

Areas where I need to work on things:

  • I didn’t try as many new things as I would have liked to creatively
  • I got out of the habit of making everyday
  • I didn’t take care of my physical and spiritual self as well as I should have

In thinking about what my dreams are for this year:

  • I want to have another show
  • I want to make art
  • I want to take 1-3 in-person classes
  • I want to meet other artists in person
  • I want to feel better physically
  • read four books per quarter that aren’t purely escapism

My January to March goals are:

  • walk 20-30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week
  • make art for an hour at least 5 days a week
  • keep up with my temperature blanket
  • finish my Low Mill application and turn it in
  • read four non-fiction books
  • one other small private goal

I’ve already started my temperature blanket and read one book yesterday. (It was super short but still totally counts!!)

In March I’ll set my April to June goals. Some of them will likely be the same but maybe I’ll have some tweaks to add.

My focus word for 2019 is Grace. I need to allow for more Grace in my own life and be more free with it to others.

What are your 2019 goals?