2017 Goals: Checkin In – 6 Months

2017 is halfway over and I’m in a constant state of panic because of it. June was the most insanely busy month I’d ever had (the small business I co-own launched another product) and went by as quickly as if it were a week long. Around the end of April, I decided that I would break up some of my goals and focus on one more than the others during each month, and so far it’s been working…sort of okay, mostly not. Anyway, it’s time to go over how well I’m doing with my goals for the year.

Design & Illustration

In the month of May, I focused on practicing hand lettering! It went fairly well, though I didn’t do as much as I wanted—I’d wanted to do one piece a day, but only ended up doing about half. Still, I definitely see an improvement in just that short of time and want to do more to get even better. I’m still not great at it, but a few of them turned out great. Along with this, I’ve been wanting to redesign book covers of some favorite books for two reasons: 1) to do more design projects in between other work that I’ve been doing and 2) to get more works that could go in my portfolio, specifically because I’d like to start marketing myself as a freelance designer that does book design covers (as well as branding and marketing design). It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and think it’s a good time to focus on it more. I’ve done one book cover with some hand lettering on it (still in the works, will post along with whole hand lettering post). In other ways, I’ve done very little design work outside of my day job (and even within that, hardly any) because June was so chaotic. And guess which month I chose to be my month of illustration focus? That’s right! June. I did very very little sketching and illustrating. But it’s okay, because I plan on choosing another month to focus on illustrating later in the year. Disappointing, but okay. I just have to press on!

Writing

Guess what I’ve been doing very little of? That’s right! Writing. But it’s okay. I posted about it last month here. July is writing and reading focused, so I’m going to be taking some extra time to write. Do I try to do to much? Too many interests? Probably. Anyway, my other writing month is September and then again in November (NaNoWriMo baby!), so I know I’ll be doing a lot more later in the year. Hopefully, July will be good to me and I’ll be able to care out the time to write.

Reading

Don’t look at me. I’ve only finished five books. FIVE. The year is half over and I’ve only read FIVE BOOKS. How does this happen to me? I feel like I read all the time but I just…am not. Again, hopefully July will be super great with reading. Well, I know it will be, because BookTube-A-Thon is this month! It’s my favorite time of year, where I stress myself out trying to read every extra minute I have for an entire week straight. I don’t sleep enough, I stop functioning as a normal human adult. It’s great.

Film: Import

I’ve actually watched a lot of films this year! I’ve seen almost 15 already. However, none in theaters—yet. I planned TWICE to go see Alien: Covenant in theaters, but couldn’t make it both times for dumb reasons (like work and stuff, ugh) and now I have no money to see any films in the theater. I do want to see Atomic Blonde, Valerian, and Baby Driver but I don’t know if I’ll be able to. But there are even more films I want to see in the fall, so I’m not worried. Five films in the theater is manageable, I don’t know I’m struggling. Stay tuned.

Film: Export

Though I haven’t made any film-based projects this year so far (my camera has been hijacked by a relative who needs it for work, as her camera broke, so I’ve been unable to really do anything yet) but I plan on doing some later in the summer. But—as I said in my last goals update post, I finished writing a short film called Anya, and I spent some time in May editing it. So there’s that.

Exercise

THIS IS THE ONE I’VE MADE MOST PROGRESS ON! I’M VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT! I made a post recently about changing up my diet and how I’ve been walking/jogging nearly every day (except for most of June and the first week of July, but I’ve been getting back to it now) and have lost a total of 25 pounds! That’s the most I’ve ever lost! I’m extremely happy and pumped up to keep going. I’ve reached my first weight goal, so now I’ll be targeting a second goal and aiming for it to be hit by the end of the summer!

Instagram

I’ve still been posting every day (or at least having one post per day, sometimes catching up with two or three a day) and I’ve been really loving it. I’ve almost hit 200 days and love a lot of the photos I’ve posted. Some are just okay, needing something to post or just posting a fun memory, less of a Photograph but it’s been a lot of fun.

2017 has been a difficult, busy year. But it’s all exciting! And hopefully worth it! I do know that I’ve already decided to lessen my goals next year. I have so many interests and things I want to accomplish, but I have to remember and realize that I can’t do it all. I can’t fit everything in one year. Doing two “everyday” projects in one year is too much (sketching daily and an Instagram post daily) and pressuring myself to create a certain number of illustrations, books read, and movies watched is taking the fun out of it. So I know what I want to change for next year, but want to finish this year out before doing anything different. Hopefully I don’t start to feel burnt out by the time 2018 comes along…ha ha…

2016 Goals – 3-Month Checkup

The end of March marked the first quarter of 2016 gone (um…what. how.) and since posting about my goals for the year (here), I decided that I would do updates every three months to keep myself on track and to look back at what I’ve done so far and what I have yet to do. So here we go!

DESIGN

So far this year, I haven’t been doing great on design work. Of course I do it everyday with school and my job, but I haven’t been able to work on the stuff I’ve wanted to just yet. I still want to practice my hand-lettering skills and illustration skills, especially working digitally. I will, of course, be posting more about that here as the year progresses.

WRITING

I’ve been posting periodically about writing and what I’m working on now. That’s changed a little—as I said in the post I shelved a project that I’d been working on for the last few years and started to focus more on a different project since January. While that’s still true, I had a breakthrough with the first project and started to go back and forth. I’ll be making another post on that later.

TRAVEL

One of the 2016 goals was to travel more! I haven’t traveled anywhere so far. I’ve barely left my house in the last three months. So…Though I do have a quick trip coming soon (nothing exciting; it’s for work and I’ve been there hundred times, but it’s something.)

READING

I will be posting more frequent reading updates on my goal of 50 books/novellas/stories throughout the year, the first one this month (probably my next post).

FILM

My goal of seeing 12 films this year in the theater—about once a month—is going fairly well. I’ve seen two films, Star Wars: The Force Awakens in January and 10 Cloverfield Lane a few days ago, in April. I have a Letterboxd if you want to know what I thought of them—or you could follow me on Twitter, as I usually post immediate thoughts there. (Spoiler alert: I loved them both.) I’m okay with only seeing two in four months to start with because a) I don’t have a lot of money right now to see that many films, but will later in the year and b) there are far more films coming out in a row this summer/fall that I know I’ll be seeing close together.

EXERCISE

All of January, I rode the recumbent bike twice a week and walked one to two miles on my grandparent’s treadmill twice a week. Since, I’ve been doing much less—maybe the treadmill once a week only—and it’s really been driving me crazy. I’d lost a few pounds, felt more energy, and was more motivated overall. That stopped and I’ve been wanting to get back to it hard for a few weeks. There’d been about two weeks in March when the snow had melted completely and it had warmed up enough to walk outside every morning. I would get up at 6:30 and go for two miles. I loved it—I didn’t have to drive to the treadmill and I didn’t feel as stationary and bored on the bike. And then it snowed again, became too cold, and I just haven’t even made an effort to go on the treadmill again. I’m hoping for warm weather soon to get back to it.

2016 VIDEO

I’ve been taking a one to five second clip every day for the last three months. My hope is to document my year visually and make a video to look back on. I don’t plan on doing it every year, I’m just doing it as an experiment for this one, to do something new and stretch my filming muscles, as I haven’t made anything creative with film in a long time.

And that’s my goals update! I’ll still be working toward my goals for this year every month, week, day, and be posting it here. I can’t believe we’ve reached the quarter mark of 2016 being over. Absolutely insane!