Sayonara 2016!

Happy 2017 everyone! I can’t believe A Bird of Passage is already over a year old! Where has the time gone? With the death of 2016 comes the birth of a fresh year, and the chance to once again start anew. It’s time to make new goals!

Reflecting on this past year, I asked myself several questions to help reveal my new route and organize priorities for 2017. Have you sat down and thought about what you want to accomplish this year? It might seem daunting at first, so here are a few questions to get the juices flowing.

What were your 2016 goals? What was challenging?

When you look back at your previous year’s goals, it’s hard not to get extremely discouraged by the ones you didn’t achieve. That’s why it’s taken me HALF the month of January to reflect on my 2016 goals and think about what I’d like my 2017 achievements to be. Eeesh, talk about procrastination… (I THOUGHT I’d resolved to stop doing that…) Thinking about my failures really got me down, but listing out new goals for this year was a much-needed breath of fresh air.

Speaking of procrastination, that is the one word I would use to summarize my creativity in 2016. Last year I talked about being productive in 2016. My focus was to create more and be routinely active with my blog. 12 posts in a year isn’t exactly the activity I had hoped for. I spent a hell of a lot of time thinking and planning fun new ideas for my blog and personal projects, but did I actually DO them? No. Why? Several reasons really, but mostly I just had trouble staying motivated. This was a challenge.

What achievements are you proud of, and what did you learn in 2016?

Last year’s failures also came with a few major accomplishments, and I’m trying to focus on these going into the New Year. Working my ass off to get promoted to Associate Art Director at my company. Not giving up during extremely tough times. After years of living here, I almost gave up on Seattle and seriously considered moving back to Minneapolis… But I didn’t, and I’m still here. These were huge highlights of twenty sixteen. Being scrappy with my budget and planning a trip to South Africa was also a big event (post and photos to come). Supporting Jeff during his first and second comic convention as an artist was an amazing experience, and finding a bigger space to rent (a house!) at the end of the year was a much-needed check off my to-do list.

2016 was the year I finally realized my value as a hard-working woman, and that fighting for yourself is the only way to get the advancements I deserved (no one else is going to do it for you). I learned to stand up for myself and take action for positive changes in my life.

What do you want to prioritize this year, and what do you want to make happen?

For 2017 I again want to focus on creative progress, spending more time DOING and less on thinking. This year is round two; another shot at accomplishing important goals. I want to work on personal pieces for my portfolio, actively update my blog (at least 3 or 4 times a month!), and learn some new artistic skills while reconnecting with some much-neglected ones. And I’m serious about it (I was serious last year too, but life gets in the way and goals shift). It really helps that I have a home office now, a creative space of my own to get to work uninterrupted (details and photos to come).

So yea, more doing and less thinking. More trying and less holding back. That’s my motto for twenty seventeen (good-bye procrastination). I hope I’ll be able to document this journey here with you and have an audience to hold me accountable this time around!

What are your goals for the New Year? Good luck in 2017, time to make it happen!

Photo by Jeff Carpenter.