Yyyyyyyeah, today I turn 25. A quarter century! You know how when you're little, you have this list of things in your head that you think 'for sure, I'll have done this by the time I'm 25'? It seems so old. And then 5 minutes later, you're 25, and you're writing a blog post about goals that are NOTHING like what you imagined? Ya... this is that.
So I thought my 25th birthday would be a fitting time for me to write down a bunch of the goals- big, small, personal, business, whatever- that have been stuck in my head lately. Here they are. In no particular order.
- Set more goals.
You're like... 'yeah, Becca.. we got that'. Next.
- Blog once a week.
Hence... this blog post. This post is the first in my goal of weekly blog posts. If you're reading this, and have something you want to learn, tell me in the comments! Which brings me to my next point...
- Grow my mailing list and send out a meaningful newsletter.
Right now, I have hundreds of emails in one folder of my inbox, of (amazing) people who have requested to be notified when I post new content. Meaning I send out an email, one by one, to each of those people. Time waster! But as of now, I bring you my real, grown-up mailing list! It's at the bottom of this post... you know... if you want to sign up for it.
- Remember to eat at regular intervals.
I have this thing where I get so into a project sometimes that I completely forget about needing food. But then I also have this other thing where I get so bored with a project that all I can think about is food and what I want to eat next. So... I need to figure out how to balance that- eat at regular intervals, when regular people would eat. Simple, right? Not for me. Oh and maybe a bit less chocolate.
- Get a booth in at least ONE craft show.
This has been on my to-do since the very beginning. Time to make it happen.
- Host more giveaways on Instagram.
Self explanatory. They're fun, and I have a lot of fun ideas for products to share.
- Cut down on my craft supply addiction.
I do not need another set of pens just because they're a "good price". Damn you, Michaels, and your 50% off coupons. (Just kidding, I love you. So much).
- Prepare content and host some "2.0" workshops.
This year, my workshops really took off. Which was huge, because it hasn't even been a year since I took my first workshop! But I love teaching, and I love meeting people who love calligraphy as much as I do. So I want to be able to bring you guys more, past all of the intro courses.
- Start up the #showmeyourdrills challenge again- more purposefully this time.
If you missed it last year, you can scroll way back in my Instagram feed and see it (but maybe don't? Cause the stuff that far back is embarassing?). This year, the challenge *may or may not* feature a custom made #showmeyourdrills WORKBOOK, so we can all commit to practicing one full page a day practice together. It's important. So stay tuned for that!
- Hit ___k followers.
Yeah, I'm leaving that one blank... for now. Still working that one out.
- Sell some pre-made products.
Yup, like all those inspirational quotes and stuff. But maybe more sarcastic, less inspirational? Maybe a combo. Who knows. I'm just saying, I wanna do it.
- Mentor someone.
A little less than a year ago, I knew I wanted to get into this calligraphy stuff in a mean way, but I had NO idea where/how to start. So, I reached out to the amazingly kind Sharisse*, of Pieces Calligraphy. I never expected her to reply, let alone give me her phone number, but she did. And we chatted. And she kickstarted this amazing thing for me.
Looking back on that now, I realize... I shouldn't have assumed she wouldn't answer. Having a huge follower number and an incredibly popular blog doesn't mean that the person behind it doesn't read and appreciate every. single. comment.
It truly means a ton when someone lets you know they're picking up what you're putting down- and they might just help you in back in a huge way. I want to pay what Sharisse did for me forward.
- Post at least ONE YouTube video.
For some reason, YouTube is terrifying. When you can get away with posting videos and photos of only your hands, why would you want to show your face? But... I'll do it. Who knows what it'll be about... but it'll happen. Mark my words.
- Wake up early (5am!) 5 days a week.
K, I already do this. This one should be easy. JUST KIDDING, 5am freeking sucks. But it's a commitment I've been working on, and I will continue that this year. When you do this stuff on the side of a full time job, you gotta make those sacrifices.
- Practice watercolour painting more.
Back in July, I got to host a workshop with Stephanie Fehrenbach. (Side note: that's the power of Instagram... I had never even met her before, until the day before the workshop! We organized the entire thing via social media!). Steph is an incredibly talented artist- her watercolour florals are to die for. Anyway, I got to try her portion of the workshop, and I loved every second. I told myself I'd practice, and then I never really did. But we have another workshop together in November, and I'm publicly declaring that after that one, I will practice it more.
- Keep better track of my financials.
I recently hired an accountant, cause... I suck at all that stuff. I want to eventually get to a point where I have a really clear idea of money in vs. money out. Très simple. But not really.
- Post better quality photos/images.
Ever since I joined the Rising Tide Society, I've had the pleasure of working alongside some unreal photographers. So every once in a while, I get these AMAZING photos back of my work and put them in my feed. And the rest of my feed sucks in comparison. I'm gonna work on fixing that.
- Stop skipping the gym.
This one's big for me. I love the gym, and I love sports. But they're the first things to get pushed aside when I have a deadline. Its a vicious cycle, because when I don't exercise regularly, I get REALLY bad migraines. And since I have a migraine, I can't work on any projects anyway. Must cut out the habit of skipping exercise!!
- Keep my freekin' workspace tidy.
About a month ago, we moved into a new place, and my studio got downsized from an entire room (see what that looked like a few posts back) to a little nook. So now it's in the open, and everyone walks by it all day. So I gotta keep it tidy. Which is good, but also bad.
- Volunteer at least 3 times.
Whether it be my time, my services, my money, whatever it is. Volunteer more.
- Doodle something once a day.
This one is super simple- I love doodling and I need to make time for it.
- Get better at delegating.
I have a friend, the lovely Jess, who recently joined me in this crazy calligraphy life. She's helping me so much already by just being a sounding board. But I promise myself, and Jess, that I'll get better at delegating specific tasks!
- Read 5 books, start to finish.
I know, I know, SUPER generic goal. But it's legitimate. I travel a lot for my job, and so I read on plane rides. But then I come home and never finish the books, and it frustrates the crap out of me. So I'm stopping that!
- Express more gratitude to others.
I have so many friends and family members (and strangers!!) who have, and are, helping me out in any way they can. I will get into that more in another blog post, but for now.... I'm committing to being more grateful. Well, to expressing it more, anyway.
- WRITE SHORTER BLOG POSTS.
This was crazy. 25 goals is a lot. If you subscribe to read my blog, I promise they won't all be this long.
That's it. That's all 25. Can I get on with my birthday now?
P.S- today, I'm posting a GIVEAWAY on Instagram. I'm giving away some CRAFT SUPPLIES, because I acknowledge that I have an addiction. And I'm doing it because I'm GRATEFUL to my followers. Oh and also I'm posting about it in a BLOG POST. So, bingo... 4 goals on my list, immediately checked off.
*Sharisse- if you're reading this- thank you again and again!