Tuesday, January 1, 2013

10 Goals, Not Resolutions, for 2013

With the new year, I was thinking about writing about some accomplishments that happened in 2012 but thought, "I should focus on today, tomorrow, and beyond." Not that I am not proud or happy with 2012, in fact it succeeded my expectations, but as a personal goal, I needed to list what I am working towards. It will be interesting to see at this time next year, what was accomplished. The list is in no particular order except for number 1, that is a must. So here is the list:

10-Get better at the banjo. My banjo is quite pissed at me for neglecting it. Time to make amends.

9-Find more personal time to relax and recharge. Very obvious.

8-Write, write, write, and write some more. My journal is filling up with story ideas, I just need to actually write them.

7- Find an agent to help me in developing my stories and to build a long term relationship.

6-Improve my skills. I've already signed up for some fine art courses (alla prima painting, color theory and mixing, and portraiture) this winter so they should help with number 5.

5-Do more traditional pieces. This is for my fine art and book work.

4-Read more of the classics.

3-Take the next step. I am not sure exactly what this is, but I felt that if I wrote it down and looked at this list once in a while, it may become clearer.

2-Get out of my comfort zone. Go to more author/illustrator lectures and book signing, do school visits, teach a class, give a lecture, and do a Pecha Kucha in Portland. They have asked me several times to do one so I need to get off my ass and do it.

1- Take my darling wife to Italy for our 25th anniversary. We have chatted about doing this for a long time so 2013 is the year to make it happen.

We shall see how the year plays out. My sleeves are rolled up and pencils are sharpened, lets go!

Cheers to 2013!

"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties." ~ Helen Keller 

1 comment:

Heather Kelly said...

Great goals!

I think with the success of Mumford and Sons, the BANJO is the hot instrument right now. You're trending!

2013 for me is all about being out of the comfort zone. And already it is uncomfortable! I'm querying agents and stepping up my writing life in every way. :) (And there's a little conference that I'm assisting with.)

ITALY would be awesome--so cool you guys are going!! :)

Good luck with the follow through on these goals--I can't wait to see where 2013 takes us!

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