January 2, 2014

New Years, New Beginnings and New Challenges.

Well, it's January 2...The new year has begun. I like this time of year, it's a good time to reflect on the events of the past year and to rev yourself up for the up coming year and to give yourself permission to start the year with a blank slate.

What I don't like to do is limit challenges, resolutions, reflects, and the freedom to start over to this time of year. Personally I like to reflect on life and it's challenges, and on my goals and progress on a minimum of a quarterly basis, sometimes a monthly basis. I think it's good to stop and take assessment all year round.

I don't normally share this self reflection, I tend to be a very private person, but in an effort to put myself more out there... I'll share my some goals and challenges for this first quarter of 2014.

My Art/Kid Lit 2014 Quater 1 Resolutions
  1. Draw more. This is ALWAYS on my list. I draw a lot, but it never seems to be enough.
  2. Be more involved in the Kid Lit community, find ways to contribute.
  3. Get out more and meet people. As part of this I will be attending the 2014 SCBWI conference in NY. I'm ashamed I haven't done this before now but it's a push on my part to overcome my shyness and introversion.
  4. Complete at least 4 PB dummies over the course of 2014, I'm a good deal into the first one. The manuscript is complete and I'm making good progress on the drawing portion. I'm confident that I will be complete with this manuscript well before the SCBWI conference.
  5. Make and complete monthly challenges. I participated in three challenges last year and found they really helped to grow my creativity. For the month of January I'll be participating in the "Start the Year off Write" Challenge. 

  6. Get out and see more art. As part of my vacation (I took half of December off for vacation, the other half got eaten up by holiday madness!) I made myself visit the Detroit Museum of art. I grew up in Northwest Ohio, only 2 hours from Detroit but had never been there. I had been to most of the art museums in Ohio, but not Detroit. I really don't know why...
    With news of the bankruptcy proceedings for the City of Detroit and fear that the art collect at the Detroit Institute of Art could be auctioned off, I made it a priority to see at least one of my favorite van Gogh paintings, Portrait of Postmann Roulin.

    I need to get out of the house and see art in person more often and not rely on the internet so much to see other's art.

  7. Show and acknowledge those whom I feel gratitude to. This is something I see others do on a regularly scheduled basis. I feel it's a positive thing I would like to incorporate into my own life.
  8. Post more WIP and sketches on my blog, and in that spirit, here is a sketch dump of drawings from my vacation I made on my ipad and while I was away. Thanks everyone! 


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