I have to be honest, when I fired up my blog a few weeks ago I was pretty shocked to see my last posts were from Bluedot Festival last July, more shocked that I never published my posts from the last day of the festival. I had intended to blog in part of what was supposed to be the last ever Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon in April. It turned out to be saved at the 11th hour and now I don’t feel bad for not blogging then either.
Last year I turned 40 and like SO MANY people, I made a ridiculous list of 40 things to do before I turned 40 blah blah. Part way through I deleted it, I was starting to feel guilty everytime I remembered the list, and the reason I forgot it is because most of it didn’t really matter, I guess because I’m mostly the sort of person who doesn’t put off the things I really want to do until it’s too late. The only ones I cared about (probably 2-3 goals) were the ones I completed which were to do with reading and travel. As 2020 rolled in, I couldn’t even be bothered to commit to blog any ‘resolutions’, I reset my Goodreads reading challenge and carried on. It’s been great for my mental health as last year anxiety reared it’s ugly head so I have no plans to put unrealistic pressures on myself.
So today, when the world is going to hell in a handbasket (hope I got that right), I decided to change up my blog theme and thought I’d just sit at the computer and see what came out. It’s quite refreshing to just let go. I’m going to try (rather than promise myself) that I will post a bit more regularly and get some photos up – I’ve been trying to get out everyday for a 5km walk during lockdown and photographing some of the weirder stuff I see or the things I usually don’t even notice. Hoping it might turn out a half decent set of images, but for now I’m signing off as it’s way too late.
Like most people at this time of year I’m full of good intentions, but rather than setting myself ‘resolutions’ I’ve come up with a list of attainable goals instead. I missed my Goodreads Reading Challenge by 1 book in 2017 (ok I realise 50 odd books is a fairly decent amount), well initially I thought it was by 7 and as this was mid-December I didn’t think there was any chance of getting through it. Then Goodreads started asking me to add the missing read dates to books marked as read last year, and lo and behold!
Anyway, this year I’ve lowered the goal amount to 55, and compiled a list of specific books I want to read that are art/philosophy themed. I did this in 2016 and it was a great way to get stuck into some of the more intimidating books on my shelf, so a selection of 12 for the year (one a month) has been drawn up.
In addition to that I’ve also selected a handful of books I’ve been meaning to read spanning vintage through to 2017, classics to comic books, that will give me variety, the plan being that when/if I hit a reading slump there should be something in that pile to go to. It’s also handy to turn to in times of read-a-thon’s of which I plan to do more of this year.
So aside from reading goals, some of my other 2018 aims include:
Improve my Swedish skills – I’ve been learning via Duolingo for about 18 months, I love watching Scandi-Noir TV and although I can pick up some bits, I’d like to be a bit more conversational in preparation for another trip to Sweden in the next year or so. The ultimate goal would be to read one of my favourite Swedish authors in the original language but that will require proper classes, some time in the future.
Spend more time making art and being creative. That includes frequenting the print studio more often to work on new projects as well as maintaining my blog more often to get back into writing.
Set up a webstore for my website, something that is long overdue and I just keep procrastinating on for no good reason, other than it’s arduous.
Getting my fitness back on track – a popular resolution often discarded, but I’ve let my fitness slip due to a knee and elbow injury at the end of summer last year, they’re both finally feeling strong enough to get back out there so I’ve agreed to do a 7km run at the end of April at Blenheim Palace.
Fill the ‘Steal Like An Artist Journal‘ ~ I actually got this back in 2016 but haven’t really used it yet, it’s a cool journal full of prompts ranging from drawing, writing, thinking and dreaming to get your creative juices flowing
Get back into film photography and enjoying experimenting again rather than seeking out the ‘perfect image’
So after the weekend, once the Christmas tree comes down on the 6th January (yes I like to keep it up as long as possible, it makes my room look way cosier), I’ll get stuck in to a much more creative 2018.
What are your goals for this year? or do you not bother with this sort of thing?