A few weeks ago, the talented and lovely Jess of Epheriell Designs invited me to participate in A Creative Odyssey Blog Hop. For the month of December, over 45 bloggers are sharing their creative goals for the New Year. Today, along with one hundredth gallery, I’m sharing mine.
I’ve already got a lot on my plate for 2011. I’ve planned out almost all of the paid information products that I’ll be selling on Blacksburg Belle—and written down my business goals. But, I’ve also been doing a lot of thinking about my creative goals.
For the past year, I’ve been trying to find a balance between my desire to help other creative entrepreneurs and my love of creating. When I first started Blacksburg Belle I was frustrated, because I wasn’t spending enough time creating. I spent most of my time writing posts, working with other creative entrepreneurs, and promoting my site. Then, I realized that just like everything else, I needed to schedule my creative time instead of waiting until I have “free time.”
Every evening I create a to-do list for the next day, and I always keep it to 6 items. I don’t put more than 6 things on my to-do list, because I want it to be doable. It makes me feel really good at the end of the day when I’ve checked everything off—and I’ve realized that setting unreasonable daily to-do lists makes me feel crappy and overwhelmed. Two things that destroy my creativity
On my to-do list I always include something creative like working on a new piece of mixed media, making a new pair of earrings, or sewing a fiber art bracelet. And, if I finish my to-do list early, the rest of the time is my creative time. I work on any creative project that inspires me.
So, one of my creative goals is to keep this up even when I have a lot of other stuff going on.
Here are my other creative goals:
1. Sew something for myself each month.
I constantly make things for other people, but I hardly ever make things for myself. I create things for my family members during the holidays and for their birthdays. Plus, I make a lot of stuff to sell. While I love doing those things, I need prioritize myself as well.
I just got back into sewing, and I can’t believe that I ever stopped—because I really love it. So, I want to make it a goal to sew 12 things for myself during the next year. That shouldn’t be too hard since I sewed 10 gifts for people on my Christmas list over the past weekend.
2. Learn how to knit socks and mittens.
I really enjoy curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and knitting while I listen and partially watch television. It’s one of my guilty pleasures. But, I don’t know how to knit anything more than a basic scarf, and it’s time to move on.
3. Attend an art retreat.
This would be a really big deal for me. I hate traveling alone and I know this sounds a little crazy—but I hate leaving my dogs. They’re spoiled rotten, because I work from home and it’s really hard on them when I leave for long periods of time. But, I know it would be an amazing experience to spend a couple days with other mixed media artists and learn new skills.
In the spirit of not setting unreasonable goals, I think I’ll stick these. I can always add more as the year progresses.
What about you? Do you have any creative goals for 2011? I’d love for you to share one or two of them in the comments section below.