Hey there, happy new year!
I’m quite late to this new year greeting as it’s already the end of January. The month flew by. Work has been busy so I haven’t really checked the calendar during off-work hours. As I haven’t been paying attention, the days have been dissipating.
2019 is a special year for me. In Chinese culture, each year is assigned an animal zodiac and there are 12 of them in total. Not only is 2019 my Chinese zodiac sign, it will be pretty much three years since my college graduation. I’d felt it at the later half of 2018, I, as a person, am changing rapidly. Some things that had been murky are starting to clear; for example values and boundaries.
Similar to 2018, I will not be doing a new year resolution as I don’t believe in them. Instead I will list the goals and projects I want to work on this year. They are not in any particular orders:
- Really work on my Etsy shop; this means really figuring out my specialties and how I want to add to the community.
- Make a portfolio and do some freelance work; I’ve toyed around with the idea of becoming an UX designer for so long, I need to make a step towards this goal.
- Work on digital illustration, specifically Adobe Illustrator and Procreate; the lifestyle instagram I started with this blog is now officially an art ig (the handle is now @ry.dwg, I’d really appreciate it if you check it out) and I’m committing to it.
- Read more; I signed up for a library card summer of ’18 and I want to use it to its full capacity this year. As of now I’ve read three books, which is a lot for me as I don’t read at all. I am in a non-fiction phase, so the three books that I read are a compilation of essays , a memoir and a commencement speech.
- Get back into bullet journal; I’d done this on and off during college (switching to planners in between) to keep track of all the work and due dates. Now I just use Google Calendar for everything so there hasn’t been a need to use a physical journal. Bullet journals, in particular, are so versatile and is able to cater to all kinds of work. This time, I’ll be using the system in a different way. I haven’t solidified what I want to do with it yet, but here are some spreads I’ve done so far for the year:
The list doesn’t seem too extensive, but in order to really get through them I need to break them out to tiny pieces. I really don’t work to give up half way due to burn out.
To end this post, here’s a quote I’d come upon the other day that resonated and I want to live 2019 by:
to be genuine means to be actual, to be true, to be sincere and honest
– Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed