Having Goals

You might have noticed that I disappeared during November… or maybe you didn’t! In the last couple of days of October, I decided to take part in National Novel Writing Month, an annual challenge to write 50,000 words of an original story in November. I had done it before, but at that point I didn’t have a toddler to take care of, so I didn’t expect to achieve it. And yet I did.

Goals can be powerful. Having support from people pursing similar goals is even more so.

Today I went to my local art group (which I attend irregularly due to the aforementioned toddler) and I was speaking to one of the other artists there who was telling me about the watercolour cottage he was painting. He said it was his last watercolour. I waited, wondering what he meant. And he explained that he was going to be working in acrylics next year, that he’d been working in watercolour for a year and was bored and frustrated with it now.

So I asked him if he set new goals each year. And he does. Some to do with art, some to do with music (his other passion), some to do with DIY. He achieves some and lets others slide by (the DIY mostly!) but it gives him something to aim for. I liked the idea of his goal to work in acrylics.

The idea of setting resolutions or goals for the new year is hardly new but I’ve been inspired to have a good long think about some meaningful and achievable goals to set for the next year. I’ll share my artistic ones on Spirited Sketches once I’ve decided them. Do you have any creative goals you’d like to share?

So I spent November writing my novel. I have been drawing in December, though I can’t share what I’ve been doing yet as I’ve been working on commissions for Christmas gifts, so I’ll wait till they have been received before I let you have a look. I had hoped to do a few smaller personal pieces (a cover for my novel, entries in to various monthly challenges) so that I would still have things to blog about but I’ve been busy between the commissions, my novel, preparations for the holidays and taking care of my husband who had a minor op last month.

I hope to have work to share with you again soon.

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