2022 was a pretty great year for me. I got a bit of a rocky start with some health issues that set me back a little, but with some persistence and a few life changes I managed to end the year in way better health.
One of my goals for 2022 was not to quantify everything I do, but on reviewing the year the numbers are all I see so I will go back to the previous method.
- Read 40 books I read 32 fiction books and a ton of nonfiction that I didn't record so I will say this was a success.
- Knit 12 projects I knitted way more than 12, but I still need to add them to Ravelry. Hopefully I will get that done before February.
- Add 100 squares to my Memories Blanket Yes and I think I will be finishing the blanket in 2023 which is really exciting!!
- Play 50 new board games I spent most of the year focusing on playing the games already in our collection, but I still managed to play 50 new games and complete a 10x10 challenge.
- Continue doing things that fuel my creativity. Find ways to explore mediums and techniques outside of my comfort zone and don't be afraid of failure. I killed this goal, I worked on creative activities almost every day in 2022. I carved over 150 stamps, created hundreds of monotype prints, took a ton of classes, read a bunch of art books, and became braver about showing my progress.
- Work on a new secret art project, I miss doing these and I think the world can use a little extra magic right now. I didn't do this in 2022, but i am going to put it back on the docket for 2023. I have three different ideas simmering so I should be able to accomplish at least one of them this year.
- Start journaling again. Not sure what this looks like, probably not blog entries, but maybe a physical journal. Doesn't need to be rigorous, just a place to document aspects of my life. Another fail. I think I got so wrapped up in what this looks like that I never took the first step. That said, I have already started a journal for 2023 so this will be a go for this year.
Now for my 2023 goals.
- Show my work, at the very least I would like to participate in every group show that my guild does, but ideally I would push myself outside of my comfort zone and at least try to get into a couple of other group shows.
- Create 12 books/zines. I have been doing a bunch of art swaps by mail and have fallen back into zine making. I made a few last year and would like to amp that up a bit this year. Anything from mini zine to half letter is acceptable and I am not going to limit myself as to themes or styles.
- Design and print a custom washi tape. I handmade some paper tapes in 2022 and I loved using them on mail and in my planner. My thought is that I would have a hand full of rolls printed and gift them to friends.
- Finish my cozy memories quilt
- Mail 2 cards per month
- Maintain a daily sketchbook practice
- publish 3 patterns
My word of the year is explore. I plan to explore new activities and locations throughout the year, I want to spend the year discovering things previously unknown to me both tangible and intangible.
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