I just read Calamity Kim's post about her new habit goals for 2008 and was completely blown away. It stuck such a nerve with me that I was inspired to come up with a motto for the new year - CREATE in 2008! No more putting off my creative job because of household chores that need to get done. They can just as easily be done in the late afternoons and evenings. Lemondrop and her friends need more attention, my new shop needs to have new prints and items every two weeks in order to take off, the sketches of new dolls and designs need to become real (they don't live when stuffed in sketchbooks), my studio needs to become organized to reflect this new shift of priorities, and I need to become more energized.
Action: Walk 30 minutes outside three days a week in morning
Benefit: Fresh air, sunshine, energy, and free time for creative thoughts
Action: Storyboard ideas for the orchard fairies while watching tv with Steve in evenings
Benefit: Less time wasted on what to do with story ideas, sharing with Steve
Action: Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings draw/post sketches for 101 Fairy Lane
Benefit: Story becomes regular and more consistent with a schedule
Action: Monday mornings pick one or two ideas to turn into full color prints during week
Action: Remainder of Mondays & Wednesdays work on shop prints and goodies
Benefit: Shop becomes stocked
Action: Tuesdays & Thursdays work on a doll from sketchbook
Benefit: Bringing life to new designs
Action: Remainder of Friday work on organizing/cleaning studio
Benefit: Clears the way for the next week's creative storm
How about you? Rather than make simple resolutions that often don't make it past the month of January, why don't we all come up with solid daily/weekly actions that will become new habits. Since writing things down is a first step, I'll help.
For everyone who comments with their new creative habits for 2008, I'll put their name into a drawing. The prize will be as many goodies that will fit into a Priority Flat Rate box for domestic mail (US). If it's an international winner, the prize will have to be a bit smaller due to postage costs. Goodies will be: fabric, trim, button, pattern, maybe a book or magazine and one handmade item. You have until Monday January 7th at MIDNIGHT, Pacific time zone, to enter your name and creative habit for the new year. Good luck.
So let's CREATE in 2008! Happy New Years!!!