Goals, Intentions & Aspirations 2014 Review

So here’s a little summary of what my goals were for 2014, and how and if I accomplished them.

The original posts can be found in the January 2013 archive.

1. Play more Ukulele 

So – I think I’ve played about the same amount of ukulele this past year as the year before. Its hard to tell, I didn’t play any gigs or anything. I think I played just for fun when I noticed it in the corner of my room.

2. Save more Money 

I think I saved some money, though since I quit my day job, my stock pile is dwindling. Life is crazy sometimes.

3. Dress the part 

I have started to dress the part! Over the summer I bought a whole bunch of nice summer dresses to wear to work, and I hardly ever wear sweatpants anymore! Go team.

4. Open up Shop 

I DID have my Etsy shop open for about 3 months from June to August. It has since closed because I want to do some revamping. It did happen though!

5. Improve my Fitness 

I was sidelined from running for the entire summer basically with a knee/hip injury. Since getting cleared by the Dr. I’ve been steadily going to the gym 1-2 times a week and running or walking most days. I think I’ve come to a way healthier place fitness-wise, both mentally and physically.

6. Blog More 

Big fat FAIL on my part. I think I have less blog posts then last year. But I did get a full time job, run a marathon and decided to go back to school… not that thats an excuse or anything. At least I didn’t blog too much, those people are annoying.

7. Focus and be more Productive

Hmm, this is another one that is hard to gauge. I mean I would say I’m more productive just because I don’t really watch TV anymore (there isn’t time). This one might have not improved either.

8. Worry less and be more present

Ha. I can’t shake the worrying. I really need to meditate, every podcast I listen to and every book I read shouts the benefits of mediation on their mental state. Next year, mediation.

I can certainly say I think I bit off more then I can chew for 2014. I had a running injury because I was trying to run everyday, I took a full-time job maybe before I was ready to. I had some trouble buckling down.

As for 2015, I plan on doing a few posts about my goals for next year. If theres one thing I learned from last year it’s do less and do it better.

k. bye.

Hannah

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Update – February 26th

What a difference a week  or so makes.

I feel so much better ! I believe impart to my diligence in making myself draw these past few days and the fact that the weather broke and it’s 50 degrees out–and I bought an imitation-sunlight lamp for my desk!

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Anyway, rather then getting frustrated and overwhelmed about all the things I want to accomplish this year and all that I haven’t done yet (new work on my website, make a  shop, plan next promotion, etc. etc. ) , I’ve been focusing on what I want to show at MoCCAfest in April. 

The past 10 or so days I’ve been drawing for a book featuring “dogs with jobs”, and another books called “fun kitchen dance party”. I’m excited about both, but I feel that I only have time to focus on making one book great in time for MoCCA, so I’ve decided to go with “fun kitchen dance party”, and “dogs” will have to go on the back burner for now.

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I ordered a whole slew of colored envelopes, and cards, book cloth, and tote bags ! I’m excited to print on. My credit card bill is going to be insane! So make sure you  stop by if your in NYC April 5-6th, and visit my and our – Ginette Montoya, Claire Connelly, & Paige Connelly table and buy some stuff. I plan on showing some of my merchandise on my blog before MoCCA.

I’m getting back into the swing of things. It’s so hard being a young illustrator. I feel like they should make you take a really hard test before you decided to get a BFA, just to make sure you’re tough as nails.

Rather then simply saying I’m going to “do more work”, Here’s a small manageable list of my goals.

Goals for the next 5 weeks : 

– draw EVERYDAY

– make stuff I like, and not worry about marketing it

– get to the print center 5 times 

This job isn’t easy, but (i’m hoping!) it’s worth it.

Oh and it’s snowing again…

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Worry Less & Be More Present

My last goal/intention for 2014- is Worry Less & Be More Present 

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This one I have to work on– as I am quite the worrisome person. There are just some things I have no control of (especially being a freelance artist). However, there are things I can control (i.e. the quality of my work, promotions, updating my website etc.) 

Being “present” in every moment kind of goes along with “being more productive”, I want to take more time for creating and looking at things, rather then operating on auto-pilot.

Thank you for following along with my blog as I posted my goals for 2014, now it’s time to make them happen!

Hannah

Focus & Be Productive

Goal #7 : Focus and Be Productive! 

So, believe it of not,  I have a tendency to get distracted—look over there! productive

These days its so easy to check one email, and 20 min. later I find myself surfing Pinterest for cool stuff for  “my dream home”.

In an effort to see what I could do about my lack of focus, I searched online for “how to focus better”.  I found that I’m on of those people with a short attention span– So it’s best if I work with a timer (like the kitchen timer I drew!!) . Make myself work and focus on what I’m doing for an hour and then take a 20 min. break and play with the dogs. I’m going to try it out, maybe it will make me feel less overwhelmed!

Also — In 2014, I’d like to do less mindless surfing of the web, and get more real stuff done! I want to print! I want to write books! I want to get more clients!

Sure I’ll schedule some time for mindless internet surfing, just not during the day when I should be getting work done. Maybe I’ll even cut myself off from toxic-sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram etc., and only go on to browse on Saturday and Sunday. It’s a thought. I have this urgent need to unplug and create– and the internet is killing me.

Cheers to getting more work done,

Hannah

Improve My Fitness

Okay, so this is the resolution/goal is one that MOST people have every year.

Improve my Fitness, a.k.a get lean/run faster

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I’m a runner. In fact, I just began training for my second marathon. I don’t have a typical “runners body”. Yeah sure, my legs look great, but my lack-of-abs, not so great. That being said, I  enjoyed myself over the holidays, and feel like I have some squishy parts I didn’t have before Christmas that gotta go!

I also want to run my best times for my races this year. So far I know I’m running a Marathon in April, a Half the beginning of September, and I’m sure several 5Ks sprinkled in for good measure. I’d like to PR* for all of them (*PR- Personal Record, or run your fastest time for that course)

I want to lift more weights and do more badass things like box jumps, and sit ups, and pushups.

I want to eat as many fruits and vegetables as I can (I’m vegan, what what!) and stay away from junk food (ah hem, vegan ice cream) .

Thats the plan!

bicep curls and broccoli,

Hannah

Here’s all the Goals so far:

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Save More Money!

Hey, so this is one of my goals every year : save more money!

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I’m trying to really stick to a budget this year–and still save money. It’s hard especially for a recent college grad with a credit card, but its necessary!

piggy banks and coins,

Hannah

Here’s a little gallery of my Goals, Aspirations and Intentions 2014 so far…

Dress the Part

Okay, so this one is big for me.

My #4 goal/aspiration/inspiration for 2014 is : Dress the Part. 

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By this I mean, wear less sweatpants—all the time.

I mean, somedays I go from pajamas, to running gear, to sweatpants! IT’s NOT GOOD. I’m 23 and I just stopped getting dressed. I guess I can say its one of the perks of working from home, but really, it’s just laziness!

I’d like to wear more dresses and girly things — like  a real professional lady.

I feel silly even posting this, but it really is an aspiration for 2014.

headbands and high heels,

Hannah