I have precisely three memory cells in my brain, so I keep a daily Moleskine planner for each year. Not for artistic endeavors (although I plan to try this in 2017), not for meaningful goal setting, but for pure and simple remembering what the heck went on that day. I have a collection of filled diaries and I like to look back and see what we were up to on this day in years past or check what presents were bought or received for a birthday or Christmas. Because no, my three memory cells can’t hold it all in. I don’t record each day minute by minute, some days I miss altogether, but I do manage a few words or a sentence or two most days.
So when I thought I little 2016 review post would be a good idea, the first thing I did was grab the Peanuts Moleskine from 2016. I have immediately learnt that I need to be a little more specific in my diary entries – goal for 2017.
Here is what I got up to in 2016-
I joined Get Messy at the end of 2015 and really had no idea what I was doing getting into this art journaling lark. I made a few terrible pages at the beginning of 2016 then as the year progressed and I kept up with the art journaling habit (because I knew if I could just get the hang of it I was sure I would like it!). Now we are at the end of the year and I am still art journaling and loving it. Often not sure what I am doing, but doing it anyway!
As part of Get Messy I made a Facebook Live broadcast which was terrifying and a wonderful experience all at once. I have never made any sort of video where I was making art and talking the viewer through it as I created. I loved the feedback and inspiration it gave me.
I managed to be creative every day, by drawing, painting or art journaling or all three. I didn’t post what I made every day, but I made sure an art supply hit paper daily.
One of the main ways I achieved the create every day thing was using monthly challenges. So through the year, I did some sort of challenge every month. January was Lisa Congdon’s Creative Bug draw a day, February was the ‘Sketchbook Magic’ drawing challenge from Ria Sharon on Skillshare, March was a Skillshare challenge off shoot from Elisa Choi Ang’s class ‘Sketch your Life’, April was a watercolor challenge hosted by Fox and Hazel, from April to July I did The 100 Day project, July was Creative Bug and Pam Garrison’s draw a day, August was Creative Bug and Dawn DeVries Sokol’s Art Journal challenge, September was Creative Bug’s draw a day-Jennifer Orkin Lewis prompts, October saw Inktober, in November I had no challenge to follow so I did my own thing, December is a little of my own ideas and another art journal challenge (Christmas/holiday specific) from Creative Bug and Dawn DeVries Sokol. Phew!
I had one of my coloring pages published in The Coloring Studio issue 2 which was very exciting! I have never been ‘published’ before.
Though the year I have kept up my yoga and pilates practice along with one or two cardio sessions a week. Got to keep everything moving!
As I read books, I kept a record of what I read and what I started and didn’t finish. In all, I started 22 books and finished 12 (still reading the 12th). I will write a separate post about what I read and what I didn’t!
Now my hair is grey, I have worn it blue, purple and pink this year. Colour lasts up to a couple of months on my grey and it washes out gradually so no nasty ‘grow-out’.
‘Pokemon Go’ was a thing for about 7 and a half minutes in the summer then the novelty wore off!
We holidayed in Cape Cod.
We got a new dog.
Everyone had a birthday with cake!
I met lots of new fabulous people via the interwebs and learned more than I could tell you.
Did you have a good year? I hope so, I know the world went a bit bonkers but hopefully in your haven it was a lovely year.
Do you write goals or resolutions for the New Year? I have been using Susannah Conway‘s ‘Unravel your Year’ workbook for the past few years which is fun to fill out and look back on.
I just watched a video over at Skillshare by Ohn Mar Win all about goal setting and I wrote pages and pages after I watched it about all the things I want to do in the coming year and when I grow up. Sometimes it is just good to write it all out don’t you think?
Happy Wednesday x