This year is sure flying by fast: it seems like I just made these resolutions, and here it is May already! With a third of the year behind us, I thought I would share how I’m keeping up with them this year.
- Be More Disciplined in How I Use My Free-Time
This one is rather hard to measure, but I’d like to think that I have cut back on week-night procrastination. Good thing, too, because with a longer commute due to summer traffic, I have even less time in the evenings than before.
- Launch the Portfolio Site
With some help from Jason, I’m stepping it up a notch from Version 2 (which is really Version 4). So it’s still in the design stage, and I hope to start work on development soon.
- Post More Frequently
With the return of Wednesday’s Weekly Reader, things are getting back on track. I’ve got some great ideas coming up, plus some interviews on the way.
- Personal Project of the Week
You’ll see in the next Resolution why, but this has been derailed since all of my supplies/materials were in boxes for the past 2+ months and my computer was sitting on a tv tray. This week marks the return as I venture into the world of html emails and test out Mail Chimp.
- Find Studio Space
The biggest news of the past couple of months is that I moved in a nice new (big) apartment complete with studio space. I’m working on the finishing touches to the studio this weekend as I continue to unpack. Even better? I’ve got a nice, big flat file on the way from my boss, who is getting rid of one. As the announcement said, “New Place + New Studio = New Work.” For the first time since college, I’ll actually have room to work on projects such as screen-printing, illustrations, etc.
- Be More Inventive With Typography
I’m starting to play around with this more at work and also in personal projects. Case in point: the moving announcement. I also want to carry this over into my embroidery work.
As for my two personal resolutions…
- Take Classes
I was discouraged that my work schedule wasn’t really allowing me to sign up for anything in the evenings until I rediscovered iTunes U. I’ve been listening to podcasts and lectures on the drive home, and highly recommend you check into it if you have a long travel time ahead of you. I have enough recommendations that I think I’ll save them for next week’s Weekly Reader.
- Read Two Books a Month
I have utterly failed this. Shortly after I finished the first set from my reading list back in February or March, I started packing up my books to prep for the move…and they’ve been in boxes ever since. I might get a library card, though, and start listening to books on tape in-between lecture series during the commute.
So there you have it: a decent start to the year and more to kick off soon. Now if only I could just be done unpacking…