Looking back over 2017, a few things have happened. I moved out of home (and Cardiff) and moved to Penarth. I explored a lot of Somerset, a fair bit of Wales and a little bit of London. I consumed many cappuccinos and devoured brunch after brunch. I took inspiration from quite a few art galleries (Hauser & Wirth, The British Museum and Tate Britain to name a few). And then took that inspiration to be creative myself. Here are a few highlights of the past year in pictures. I’ve not ordered them chronologically, but by place. Enjoy :)
1. Yoga everyday
My back has really felt my sedentary lifestyle this past year, so I think it’s important to some sort of exercise into my every day. I won’t go overboard at first, maybe just 15 minutes to start and build from there. I love yoga not only for its physical benefits, but also the way it can really calm and focus me.
2. Go zero waste
I’ve already been doing things like using washable cotton pads and trying to avoid wrapping my fruit in plastic. I want to take it further though and start being mindful of how much waste I create. I’m starting by going to grocers and farmers markets instead of big supermarkets, carrying my brand new keep cup and avoiding plastics as much as I can.
3. Cut out dairy
I did a trail run of going dairy free a few months ago. When I went back to dairy I thought that was it, but having thought about it more I’d like to give it another go. At least I know what works and what doesn’t now.
4. Become a fulltime artist
This has been something I’ve wanted forever, so this year I really want to be proactive in it. I have searched for a while at art jobs, but I can never see something that really fits the type of work I do. This means finding freelance work and doing commissions.
5. Go to Japan
I’ve wanted to go to Japan a really long time, but its pretty expensive to travel there. Therefore I’m planning to really pinch the pennies this year and travel to Japan sometime around the end of Spring and beginning of Summer.
6. Be happier
I know deciding I want to be happier doesn’t make it happen, but I’d like to be more positive in my approach to life. I do get wrapped up in my own thoughts, so I’d like 2018 to be more about practicing positivity.
In the spirit of the new year I’ve decided to rekindle my desire to blog. I used to blog fairly frequently, but like some things eventually I grew bored. It may have been my reluctance to create content that was subpar or maybe I just didn’t feel that buzz I used to. Either way, its high time I started writing again.
I want to create a space where I regularly share my projects, my life and progress on personal goals. A meaningful narrative to illustrate my interests, creations and personal journey. Looking back on the past year, I believe there are many things to be grateful for. The biggest thing for me was moving out of home, something which has given me so much more freedom. Looking forward, I plan to make 2018 even better :)
It’s been a month since I last blogged and I’ve been finding it hard to get going with my goals. My evenings seem to disappear into the void without me even realising it, till finally 12AM rolls around and I’m much to tired to do anything but sleep. It can be hard to utilise those moments you have between everything else, so I’ve had to revaluate and break down my days hour by hour. I’m hoping that by putting my to-do list into time slots, I won’t feel so overwhelmed.
The only thing that won’t work out for now, would be that I didn’t manage to get a space on the pottery course I wanted to join. However, I’ve decided to participate in the 100 Day Project instead. Starting 22nd May :)
Since starting my job a year ago, I’ve had little time to spare on my own personal projects. When I do have time, day to day tasks have taken precedence. In the end, I’m left feeling too tired to get much done. So naturally, blogging has been the last thing on my mind.
I want to get back into regularly updating, but I feel like I need some sort of central theme to focus on. Therefore I’ve decided to start writing about my personal goals on here. My personal goals are usually things I keep hidden in diaries or locked away in my phone. But I’ve decided its high time to start documenting them in a public space (or to the small handful that might stumble here).
My primary goal is to significantly increase my creative output. I’ve been struggling for a while to maintain this goal, often I find myself either uninspired or unmotivated. Some things I’ve thought I would always be doing, I no longer do much of. My intrinsic motivation is there, but I feel like I need some new routines to really harness that energy.
So here is my plan to kickstart my creativity.
Exercise everyday. It’s been observed that exercise not only benefits your body, but also your brain. I already do yoga twice a week, but my aim is to be doing at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.
Dedicate one day a week to sit in a space that’s not in my house to work. My home space can be distracting, so making this a weekly ritual will give me a place to really focus on my work.
Practising mindfulness. I’ve been hearing so much about the benefits of mindfulness as a tool both to help relax but also fuel your brain. I believe this will really help me long term.
Join a pottery class. I miss being in a educational environment with other artists, so I’d love to be back in it.
I’ll keep this brief, as I don’t have anything particularly profound to say during this late hour. I’m writing this at the end of 2016, but with fresh intention for the coming new year. I’m going into 2017 with the plan to be more creative. Expect more tiny sculptures, adventures with Cariad Bach, photography, animation and of course more blogging. I hope to write a new blog post shortly with an update on all the little things I’ve been doing.
Since my last personal blog post back in February, I can say with certainty that I feel better about my creative wellbeing. I’ve started on a few projects, which I won’t reveal just yet, that have really fed my motivation. The 100 Day Project I started last month I had to put on hold, since I didn’t have the time to get out and work in public, but I’ll be restarting it tomorrow. (So… I no longer have time to go out to places, since I’ve started a full time job, instead I will be thinking of other creative projects to do in its place). For the rest of the things that improved my outlook and motivation, here is a list:
Going to an animation networking event (and meeting other fellow animators)
Hanging out with friends
For the most part, having just a few personal goals has really helped. I used to have so many aspirations that I didn’t know where to start, but breaking them all down and cutthroat with my plans has helped me focus on the things I really want to achieve.