Planning A New Year

Whenever December rolls around, I get a burst of motivation. A new year and a fresh start is right around the corner! I tend to look ahead more than look back during this time, and start making goal lists and plans for what I'd like to do in the new year.

I did make some notable accomplishments, though! I participated in my first vendor pop-up, Art Walk Downtown, and while it was a short time, I really enjoyed myself and it gave me the confidence to plan another artist table at an event later this year. I also successfully completed another Inktober challenge despite being hit with the flu in the last few days of it.

 I started using a planner last year to organize day to day tasks and it helped me feel more productive and organized! I like how flexible and cute The Happy Planner ones are. If you squint, you can see my small list of hopes and dreams for 2018.

I started using a planner last year to organize day to day tasks and it helped me feel more productive and organized! I like how flexible and cute The Happy Planner ones are. If you squint, you can see my small list of hopes and dreams for 2018.

I can be a pretty realistic person (kind of one foot in realism, the other in fantasy land) and my goals really end up being more like guidelines. Some are more attainable than others, particularly the ones I have more control over. Some notable things I really want to accomplish are creating regularly, taking my art skills further (there's always room to grow, right?), being more business minded and doing all of this and more while finding more balance in my life. I split my time about 20/20/60 right now between creating, doing all of the business-y backend stuff, and taking care of my family. That's just kind of how it is when you're a mom, a wife, and your office is also a playroom and guest room and entertainment space. I've since dubbed 2018 as "the year of making things easier on Cat so she has more time to spend making art"...or something like that.

I relaunched my digital product storefront on Etsy earlier this week, and tried to automate it as much as possible. I added a couple new products, and will be using it for mostly small, affordable digital products (think my big image sets broken into smaller, more digestible bits). I'm also going to be making an effort to create more of a separation between Fire Spark Studios and the rest of my artwork, so I will most likely be changing my domain and social media handles at some point while the year is still fresh. Maybe even starting up a separate Instagram channel for FSS, but who knows. I hate being overburdened by social media enough as it is (Instagram is my go-to and where I'm most active, and that's enough for me).

I hope 2018 will feel fresher and more energetic for me. I hit several "road bumps" this year, feeling stagnant and a bit stuck in what I wanted to do and accomplish. Despite that though, I feel like if 2017 had a theme, it would have been "growth", and I feel like if I could apply a theme to this year it would be "change". Trying new things, experimenting more, but also building upon the growing pains of last year. I'd like to make more process videos of my paintings, and even do a sketchbook tour video at the end of the year. Video editing is not my forte, but I'm going to try it out! 

I'm looking forward to the possibilities of this year. I've got so many ideas that I'm itching to bring into reality, and I'm pretty pumped for my first "artist alley" experience in June. Here's to changes and plans!