june goals

tammie's june goalsin 2013, i'll be choosing a few monthly goals to focus on, while making sure they tie in to how i want to feel this year. here are my goals for june.

  1. 2013-feelings-icon-productive2013-feelings-icon-confident i'm going to be super committed and engaged with lilla's make art that sells class. i have been in love with the artists she represents for a few years now and it's pretty dreamy that i get to take a class from her.  i want to work my buns off in this class and really step up my work.
  2. 2013-feelings-icon-confidenti will create something in photoshop without fear. i seriously don't know what my problem is but i must get over my mental hangup with photoshop.  i love illustrator so much and it is so intuitive but photoshop, not so much.  i really want to explore it for creating artwork.  i don't have to create anything great.  i just want to play without fear.
  3. 2013-feelings-icon-healthy 2013-feelings-icon-confident i am going to really try not to yell.  i grew up in a house with way too much yelling and i always knew i wanted to parent without it.  and for the most part i do.  but man, i've found myself letting loose with the vocal cords a bit much lately.  and it's all because i have too much on my plate so things put me over the edge that shouldn't.  i read this article, and it firmed up my resolve to quiet down and be more patient.
  4. 2013-feelings-icon-clarity  i will make a daily and weekly schedule and really try to stick to it.  this is a jam-packed goal.  i want to find a babysitter so i can schedule art and work time and i want a few date nights.  i will schedule blog posts.  i am going to schedule play time and family time.  i will have a meeting with myself every sunday to plan the week ahead.  i will schedule some space to be filled with whatever comes my way.  we will make our summer list.  i will schedule exercise.  i'm not saying i'll be rigid, but i find that i tend to get more done if i have some sort of direction in my day.
  5. 2013-feelings-icon-productive i will photograph and make a video for my second set of 100 sketches.  i can't believe i haven't done this yet since i had so much fun with my first video.


for more about what each of these feelings means to me, visit this link

tammie's desired feelings key

what are your goals for june? i'd love to know.

my 5 desired feelings and word of the year for 2013

there's lots of talk in the blogosphere about choosing a word of the year. i've done it for the last few years.  the past 3 years my words have been "do", "habit", and "prolific".  they've all made me feel guilty or overwhelmed. i've been mulling over my word for 2013 for the last few weeks. i took a different approach this year, inspired by danielle laporte. i'm choosing a few things i want to feel and i'm going to let those words influence my decision making in 2013. i'll be setting monthly goals (stealing this idea from elise who is one of the most inspiring goal-setters – and goal accomplishers – i "know").  as i sit down to draft my goals for each month, you better believe i'll be keeping these 5 feelings close at hand to make sure i stay the course.

on two separate occasions, about 3 weeks apart, i brainstormed for 3 minutes and wrote down everything i wanted to feel in 2013. every single word that popped in to my head during those 3 minutes got put down on paper. it's pretty amazing how identical my 2 lists were to each other. i took it as a sign that i really wanted to feel those things in the year ahead. i read my two lists aloud to my husband and asked him to pick 3 feelings that would encompass all the words i had written. i wanted to streamline my words into 3 main words to focus on. he came up with 3 and then i came up with 3. our lists were pretty close to being the same. i mulled these words over for a week or two. on our long drive from NC to NJ over the holidays, i used a dictionary and a thesaurus to flesh out what the words on my list really mean to the world and to me. i read the lists aloud again to my husband and we basically came up with the same words. but i decided i really needed 5 instead of 3. so here they are. i really feel good about this list and about the year ahead.

i want to feel confident in 2013 i want to feel confident this year. i want to trust myself more. in 2012 i found myself taking a lot of online classes and in most of them, i already knew almost everything they taught. confidence to me also includes feeling connected and connecting with other artists and designers.

i want to feel prosperous in 2013i'm not going to be shy about wanting to feel prosperous. it's okay to want to be successful and it's okay to want to be rewarded for my hard work. i want to bloom and thrive and collect my bounty. and i'm certainly not only talking about finances here.

i want to feel healthy in 2013i'm literally in the worst shape of my life. this is going to change. i want to be energetic, strong, fit and athletic. i also want my soul to feel healthy. i will live as always with gratitude. i will work on being more patient.

i want to feel clarity in 2013i tend to get overwhelmed by clutter (physical and mental). i want to change that this year. i'll be working hard to get rid of the excess and feelings of wastefulness. i am going to actively pinpoint my goals and seek the clean and simple path.

i want to feel productive in 2013i want to get sh*t done. i want to be efficient, creative, artistic and prolific. i want to do lots of rewarding work.

take all those feelings and my word for this year is CLARITY.  it came to me about a month ago and i'm hearing it everywhere.  i can't ignore it.  i'm welcoming it.  clarity, i'm holding your hand and together we can beat that overwhelm that so often comes to visit me.

here's to 2013.

do you have goals for the year?  a word of the year?  i'd love to hear them.

september goals

monthly goals for september i like setting goals. i don't always meet them, but i like setting them. i like the way elise and vivianna set monthly goals. a much easier task than trying to even remember my goals for this year. i am looking forward to setting a routine for myself when the kids are in school. i want my mornings to be filled with physical activity, healthy eating, being prolific in my work, with  a wee bit of down time mixed in. when the kids get home from school i want to be present. i only get them a few hours a day during the school year and i want to make the most of every minute. i want to spend my evenings hanging out with chris instead of us both typing away at our computers.

i've decided give project life a try after mulling it over for, oh, seven months.  it's funny how non-impulsive i can be sometimes.  more about project life soon....

i've started using evernote and i love it, although i haven't even tapped the surface of what it can do.  if you like uppercase magazine, check out this cool video of janine vangool, editor and publisher of uppercase, and how she uses evernote to run her magazine.

you have any evernote tips for me?