Better late than never, right? I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions but with such a remarkable year behind me I thought it might be helpful to write out a few of my goals for this year, in hopes of making it even better than the last.
1. Invest in my own creativity. Whether that be committing to writing at least 1 blog post a week, taking more dance classes, improving my Photoshop skills, improving my Premiere Pro skills, spending more time in front of the camera, capturing more photos, creating a digital series, or all of the above; this is the year that I make MY creative endeavors a priority. It’s time I stop sweeping my own passions under the rug to build someone else’s dream, or make excuses for why I’m not building my own. I’m making a conscious effort to stop comparing my work to others and worrying about outsiders’ opinions. Not only is it all completely irrelevant, but I’ve also learned that worrying about those things can be extremely detrimental to my creative process, and we can’t have that.
2. Stop frivolous spending. If I’m going to achieve my specific financial goals this year I’m definitely going to have to do away with some of my unnecessary spending habits. Way too often do we associate budgeting with feelings of deprivation, but there’s a clear difference between a necessity and a plain waste of your $krilla. I’m not saying that I’m going to forgo occasionally treating myself, but what I am saying is that I’m going to set some boundaries. My trip to Europe definitely made me want to be smarter about what I invest my money in; I’d much rather put my money towards an experience or something that’s going to contribute to my personal growth over a new piece of clothing any day.
3. Learn French. The next time I visit Chez Prune (*cough cough* this summer) please believe I’ll know how to say more than sauvignon blanc s'il vous plaît, or order another breakfast with ham in it because I don’t understand the menu. I’m trying to be a bilingual boss this year, okay?! Not only is the language beautiful, but I truly believe learning a new language enriches you in so many ways and expands your knowledge of the world. By learning a new language I have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain.
4. Read a minimum of 1 book a month. This is actually a goal I picked up from listening to my favorite life coach and motivational speaker, Les Brown. He claims that If you read 1 book a month in a specific area of expertise, in 5 years you will be among the top experts in that area in the world. I haven’t decided what I want my specific area of expertise to be just yet (I’m getting there), but there’s no reason I should deny myself the opportunity to expand my mind. This month I’m reading Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, and I can honestly say that my mindset towards creativity has totally shifted since starting it. It actually inspired me to write this post today. :)
5. Do more freelance work. As much as I love the financial stability that comes with having a 9-to-5, I love the freedom that comes with being a freelancer a little more. The freedom to: be involved in multiple projects at once, have time for my personal work, explore different opportunities, work from different locations and essentially figure out what I want my career to be. I'm completely aware of the fact that I’ll be working a lot more than I did at previous jobs but it will be work that I choose to do, and that’s the difference.
6. Help others. This year, and for all of the years to come, I’m going to make more of an effort to help those in need. May that be by volunteering, donating or simply lending an ear; I want to do whatever I can to contribute to the betterment of our society. As cliché and cheesy as that might seem, I think we can all agree that the world needs our help now more than ever.
7. Be more present. In the wise words of Eckhart Tolle, “As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love - even the most simple action."
So watch out 2017–I'm comin' for ya.