It's my 29th birthday! So I will keep with tradition and tell you about my yearly ritual. One of my best friends calls me "hyper organized". I get a great deal of pleasure from organizing and making lists. I love writing lists, writing goals, to do's, and anything else that can to be written down on a piece of paper in point form. To give you an example I have 4 working calendars and 2 journals that I write in on a regular basis, one visual and one 'dairy'.
I love organizing my day and time. Every year I sit down and write a goal list for the year. It consists of three categories; personal, art and financial. Personal includes travelling, happiness, health and fitness goals. The art category is usually the longest and it consists of applications, shows and production goals. Financial goals are just that - they are basically a run down of the debt I have to work towards and ideas of how to work on them (this is one I thought I would mention but not share too much info).
Travel - This year because of the residency and work I havent had much time to do any sort of travelling - with the exception of a four day jount around Toronto. Before this year my boyfriend and I went on regular camping and hiking trips so I am hoping that this year I will see more of that. We hiked Cape Chignecto last summer and we were hoping to do the other side of the Bay of Fundi this summer, but seeing as this summer is passing so fast we may have to postpone it to summer 2016. We really enjoy outdoor activities so some weekend trips are not far down the line.
Happiness - I wish to read more. I do read quite a bit but I find that since graduating from university I have lost patients with reading for a long period of time. I hope to improve this by making a list (obviously) and checking off the books I read. I try to think of things that will make me happy on a regular basis but once a year I try to think of a change that could possibly make the year better. Last year it was adopting my dog Jackson, the year before it was exercising more often and this year it's living on my own! As I briefly mentioned in my last post I am moving back to Halifax. This is the first time I will be living on my own and I couldn't be more excited. I found this article written by Lyndsay Rush a few months back and all I can think of is how awesome it's going to be. I consider myself a particular person (also known as anal retentive), I like a clean house, or at least I think I do and I am very interested in seeing if this renders true. I am beyond excited to decorate as I want to. One thing holding me back from decorating in the past was not wanting to take up shared space but now all the space will be MINE!
Health and fitness - The year prior to this I was working out at least 5 days a week. After I adopted Jackson I started going to the gym less and less. I was working a lot more, both at work and in the studio, and I didn't feel like I was spending enough time with him so I always felt guilty leaving him home alone unless I absolutely had to. He was too young to take for runs so we would basically just walk around town. Slowly I started loosing motivation all together. Now I have decided to pick up my running shoes again and work towards the Bluenose Half Marathon for 2016. I have been for at least 3 runs a week for the past month and I believe after my move I'll be able to develop a daily routine that will involve running at least 5 days a week. Stay tuned for my running schedule most likely to be posted in the next month or two.
Applications - This year I am planning on applying for a number of different opportunities. I would like to apply for my masters in fine art. I have four schools in mind; The Art Institute of Chicago, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD - the university I graduated from), OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) and The University of British Colombia. Other applications I wish to work on and send off this year are the Banff Residency application for fall 2016 and recently I came across an internship opportunity with The National Museum of the American Indian in New York. I will be working on these applications in between projects and work itself. I am currently working on a few grant applications just for my own art practice, I'll be sending those off before December.
Shows - This year I set a goal of two solo shows. Each year I like to think about what I am doing and what I think and hope I can accomplish. I already have a show placement at the Craig Gallery in March 2016, so that is one to count on. If I could find another space to show I will be thrilled. I would also really like to be a part of the Nocturne 2016, I have already started brainstorming ideas and locations around Halifax.
Production - I like to set goals about how much work I can get done in a year. I started this blog last year around the time I started the NSCAD residency. I have chosen to make this blog more of a priority in my daily life. One blog post a week is my goal for this year. Along with the hope of producing one finished art work a week (now it depends on the size and complexity of the piece but I will try to stick to my word). I really want to work on my colours in painting. I find that I still get a bit of anxiety when mixing colours for a painting and I believe that if I were to paint on a more regular basis this anxiety will lessen and become more of an innate practice.
Goals - I am not completely comfortable writing about my finanial goals but I thought I would just share a little bit. I have goals mainly centred around sticking to the budget I created and paying off my credit card and student debt. I also have a goal not to buy any clothes this year. For the past year I have worked at Luvly in Lunenburg and I have bought more clothes that I ever had in my life. I believe very strongly in the clothes Luvly carries and I haven't felt guilty about buying any one of their pieces. To explain a bit about Luvly I took this from their site; "Luvly in Lunenburg is a boutique that exclusively carries independent Canadian clothing for women. All of our designers are Canadian and their lines are manufactured in Canada. Many of our designers specialize in using reclaimed fabrics, while others focus on natural fibres such as silk, wool, cotton and bamboo." It was great working and learning from all the lovely ladies who work there and associated with the Burns Block (find out more about the building on at Luvly.ca). That being said though I have committed to not buying any more clothes for the next year - perhaps on my 30th birthday I'll go on a big spending spree!
And there you have it. My goal lists painfully explained (I am actually surprised you made it here!).