I’ve spent time this week thinking about setting goals for 2023: You know, the things I’d like to accomplish this year in addition to the usual schedule of work.
Rather than set only art-related goals, which is my usual habit, I decided to set personal and spiritual goals, too. That has been a challenge all the way around. It’s been a few years since I actually took time to set goals, so I’m a bit rusty.
But I think I’m finished and here’s my list.
Goals for 2023
The personal goal was pretty simple. In years past, I went for regular walks every day, weather permitting. Foot problems in the last few years made that painful if not impossible.
The publishing schedules for the blog and magazine haven’t helped, either.
So my personal goal for this year is to go for a walk at least three times a week. To begin with, I’m aiming at a four-block walk (about 1/3 of a mile) three times a week. New shoes should aid in that effort.
The unwritten goal is to work my way up to a mile three times a week by the end of the year.
I set two art-related goals.
1: Do six portraits
2: Explore in-person marketing
The really important one is the first one. I want to get back into the business of commission portrait work, even if on a limited basis. In order to do that, I have to start drawing again. My experience producing the portrait for Ann Kullberg’s Painted Pony tutorial* proved I could draw and publish the magazine at the same time.
So I now know that it is possible; even if it proves to be difficult.
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Setting a spiritual goal was a brand new idea, so I wasn’t sure how to go about it. I’ve heard people say they had a key word or verse for each year, but I never did that before. So how does one go about doing that?
I confess I had no clue, so I waited and listened and waited some more. Then last evening, the word was given to me. Freedom.
As I write these words, I’m still waiting for the key verse, but I’m sure it will be revealed, too.
My Goals for 2023
I admit that many of those things are going to be a major challenge, since I tend to marginalize myself and I’m an introvert!
I also tend to put urgent things ahead of important things, which is a classic way to fail at keeping goals.
But I’m going to try this year, and I’m making myself accountable to all of you! So here goes!