I like this new trend of focusing on what you did well in the previous year rather than setting a bunch of goals.
- First full time job
While I contracted at Mutual Mobile starting in November 2012, I officially started full-time in April. I love my job and over the past year I’ve really improved my design skills, especially in creating vector illustrations. In addition to MM being a place where I’ve really seen personal growth, I also love my team, they’re like an extended family of the brightest, kindest, funniest and most talented people you’ll ever meet.
- Starting eating much healthier
This year I got much more serious about eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and other weird looking things I wouldn’t have wanted to try before. I ate a LOT of kale and eggs. I laid off the bread and refined flour/sugar for a better part of a year. I drank enough Juice Land to justify buying a juicer, but I didn’t.
- Got a road bike bike and rode it everywhere
In March my Uncle Steve found a lovely ’85 Peugeot for me to purchase on Craigslist, and he helped me fix it up, switch out the parts, and make it look awesome. My friend John and I rode the bike everywhere, including to La Barbecue, on the way to which my bike’s gears decided to act all wonky and John had to run into a gas station and get WD-40 to fix it. I rode my bike to Barton Springs, Blues on the Green, on photo safaris, to work, to the grocery store, and many times to nowhere in particular. I convinced Dustin to get a bike and a trailer for his dog.
- Cracked down on spending and started saving more money
Once I stopped eating out and buying random stuff on Amazon I actually started saving money. It’s a good feeling.
- Got really serious about improving my art and design skills
Sometimes, it was for my job. I enrolled in a few Skillshare classes to really hone my skills and learn from some of my favorite designers. I tried to target my weaknesses and attack them head on.
- Made a lot of art
Right around October I started to make about one piece a week. Before that I would struggle to start something because I was so afraid of screwing something up.
This year, I’d like to keep a lot of those things with these additions:
- Achieve more balance in my health/work/saving money/spending time
I’ll admit I’m one for extremes. I seem to be either completely devoted to exercise or art, eating healthy or frugally, working or playing (well, my “work” is very fun so it’s a very fuzzy gray line). This year I’d like to balance those elements more.
- Push myself to create beyond my comfort zone
Already this year I’ve started going to figure drawing sessions to improve my depiction of the human form. I also signed up for a screen printing class with some of my closest friends. In addition to that, I’m have a few projects in mind which involve a more central story telling element.
- Pursue more mentoring relationships
I already have a couple of mentoring relationships, which have been very encouraging so far. I’d really like to have some older female mentors, so hopefully I can find a few willing souls to help me achieve a new level of creativity and success.
Welp! That about wraps it up!