It is that time of year when we become reflective on the past year and become hopeful for the fresh start the new year brings.
Being the “semi goal oriented” person that I am I have thought about how my previous years goals went and what I want 2018 to look like. If you are wondering what “semi goal oriented” means, it means I swing back and forth in my desire to be a super focused driven person to the other end of the spectrum where I want to read books in bed all day while eating cookies. Sometimes times I find balance between the two forces but doesn’t always last. I’m hoping to find a more sustainable balance this year but more on that later.
2017 was filled with its shares of ups and downs. There were many goals that I didn’t quite reach because situations arouse outside of my control and I had to shift my priorities because of that. February brought with it a whole slew of unexpected responsibilities that ate up a lot of my time and then a few months later I had to shut down my business for over five months as we prepared to move to another state and get settled into a new stage of life. Even with these set backs and not quite reaching the specifics of some of my goals I was able to achieve others and kept moving in the direction I wanted to go. Some of my highlights included:
A large pastel landscape that I painted for my husbands school that was the gift from the 2017 graduating class. It was the largest painting I had ever done that wasn’t a mural. It turned out absolutely stunning and I am really proud of it.
Another goal that I achieved was to get involved in the art community in my new state. I achieved this by participating in the Montana state fair. At the fair I competed at the professional level for the first time. I entered it with just the desire to meet other artists and push myself outside my comfort zone. I ended up winning 3 first place ribbons at the fair, which is always a fantastic surprise.
Finally, my favorite goal I accomplished in 2017 was successfully starting my business over again. I started 2017 knowing that I would have to put my business on hold for a few months but didn’t know for how long. I lost all the marketing and momentum I had worked so hard to get the previous year. With a lot of intentionality and hard work I was able to gain traction and get my business back to where it was before I temporarily shut it down. This was the perfect reminder for me that my success during the previous year wasn’t just a fluke or luck. It was hard work, consistency, and dedication that made the difference. So now when self-doubt tries to fill my mind I remind myself that I can do hard things, I can learn new skills, and the art I create is of worth.
After reflecting on all of this I spent time pondering what I wanted 2018 to look like. I then got together with my husband and we set our personal, Family, financial, and career related goals. This may sound like overkill but keeps my husband and I on the same page and it acts as a beacon to guide us through the year. I have big plans and goals for this year and I can’t wait to share some those with you in the future.
What about you? Have you set any goals for the new year?