Goals for 2023

Goals for 2023

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

Personal Goals

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.

Art Goals

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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Spiritual Goals

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!


  1. Buford uperman

    I am muselim not Christian and have reasons for that. you are not introvert or you may think so.what you do is. extroverted..
    I believe your thought process is good shows creativity beyond the page

    1. Buford,

      I am introverted when it comes to face-to-face interactions and with people I don’t already know. At least I think I am. You could be right! Let’s say I very much dislike speaking in public (though people have told me I’m good at it.)

      It’s okay that you’re not a Christian. You can still set spiritual goals.

      Thank you for reading this post and for taking the time to leave a comment!

  2. Teresa

    Sounds like you have some great goals set forth! I wish you the BEST year ever and are able to see them fulfilled. !!!
    I have never written down ‘yearly’ goals before. Maybe I should think of doing that. The things I wish to accomplish is generally broken down in shorter time periods, such as a weekly list. I have a difficult time thinking to far ahead.
    I am looking forward to seeing your goals getting done. Your portraits are amazing. Also, what is In-person marketing? Does that mean like in shows or galleries?
    Good luck in your journey. We are watching and learning!

    1. Teresa,

      I have short-term goals, too. I have to have in order to make sure everything gets done!

      Monthly goals for things like the magazine and freelance writing, weekly goals for things like blogging and the weekly newsletter, and daily goals.

      I even have a list of things I must do every day and week, and things I’d like to do. That’s to help me keep the urgent things in their place and still get the important things done!

      Thank you for your comments and for taking the time to read this post.

  3. Patricia E Wilson

    Lose weight and get more healthy doing it. Eating better, etc. The second goal is to continue making cards and trying new techniques and mediums when doing it.
    Thanks for sharing your goals and hope you continue to let us see your work when possible.

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