I like to remind everyone that time is actually just a concept and it doesn’t really exist. However it still is fact that we are coming to the middle of the year 2017 and I thought it would be a good time to check in with the resolutions I made at the beginning of January – seeing as I actually made some this year.
My first resolution was to put myself in more opportunities that will get me out of the house and meeting new people, and to get involved in the arts community. I knew that this would mean sometimes going to events alone and having to put myself out there. This has become more important as I have now taken the leap to part time working at my day job (it wasn’t so much a leap but a gentle step, however one in the right direction!). I have started going to a monthly illustrators meet up called Yo Illo. Most of the meet ups are in bars and it’s a relaxed and friendly vibe. I look out for events and am trying to put myself forward for things. This has recently lead to my work being shown at Cass Art in Islington. I am on the look out for more crafty and illustration events though so let please tell me about any you know about! In the next part of the year I’m thinking about some projects that will mean a little more branching out to people and I think with this one it’s so far, so good.
My next resolution was to be more organised in my approach to projects and ideas. I actually forgot about this one but! Pleased to say I think I can tick it off. The main huge help in progressing projects has been having a creative coach (shout out to Jen). We’ve discussed ways in which to work effectively alongside the DJ and I’ve spent a little time testing out what works best for me. I break down my tasks into tiny steps that it almost seems ridiculous but I’ve got stuff done. I still feel frustrated with the length of time things take me but I’m learning to work alongside any struggles I have. I’ve learnt it’s important to give yourself some grace and I’m remembering to do that.
My last resolution was to read a more diverse range of books. I am a slow reader (see above point about things taking me ages) but so far I’ve read some essays (particularly ‘We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), poetry (We Carry The Sky by McKayla Robbin, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur and Howling at the Moon by Darshana Suresh), graphic novels (Paper Girls and Saga by Brian Vaughn), non fiction (Tiny, Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – again) and fiction (The Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan). I’ve also taken to carving out some more time for reading and using it as wind down and non-screen time before I go to bed.
I’ve never really been goal-setting sort of person but I think, all things considered, it’s going ok. I’ve made more progress on ideas having set some goals for them rather than ‘getting to it this year’. Even if I set a date and have to push it back I’ve got to be chill with myself and content in the face I’m going in the right direction.