Gosh, I think we're all kinda glad now that January is over.. It really felt like it dragged on so much and since the evenings are still super dark and the weather has been crap, it's generally had a very grey and murky vibe. Despite this I like to think that I had a somewhat productive month! I was able to work on some amazing branding projects for some gorgeous bloggers, I sold more prints than I anticipated (it's the quietest month for sales!), AND I've been super busy with my art journal project! Phew~! I'm so excited now that February is here, for some reason it's one of my favourite months and I always look forward to it coming around. This month I want to maintain my recent bout of productivity by implementing some goals for myself! It's nothing particularly ground-breaking but sometimes you just have to sit down and think what your perfect day would look like, then strive towards that! I've been on a bit of a self-care kick lately so trying to work towards my best possible life has been something on my mind! Anyway I've rambled enough.. Here are the five goals that I would like to accomplish this month!
1 : ART JOURNAL AT LEAST EVERY OTHER DAY
You can read about some of my thoughts regarding art journaling, plus some tips here! But basically I've been reaping some amazing rewards since taking on a serious art journal practice, including improvement in all my other art & design projects, and increased engagement on Instagram! I really want to continue with this through to this month just so I can see how far I can push it and myself.
2 : WAKE UP EARLIER
Me and mornings have NEVER got along.. You could ask anyone in my family and they would tell you that I would much rather work until 2AM/3AM than get up at a respectable time in the morning. Well, after years and years of struggling I think I am on my way to cracking it! I'm not sure if its just the sheer will power or the added benefits I notice when I do get up early that are spurring me on, but lately I've been getting up around 7AM/8AM everyday. Now, I know some people may scoff at that and I know that it's not early compared to some people but it's a lot earlier than my "normal" time so I'm taking the improvement and planning to run with it into February!
3 : GO FOR A WALK AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK
Recently I discovered this gorgeous little woods that leads out right onto Salisbury Plain and the best part is it's literally a two minute walk from my front door! I have no idea how it's taken me a whole year to find it.. oh wait it's probably because I'm a hermit whose scared of social interaction BUT I've found my wonderland now and its close and quiet, aka perfect! I've loved walking my pupper across the plains but would quite like to step up the number of walks we do, especially since the weather will hopefully be improving soon! If this works out then fingers crossed I can up my goal again in future months!
4 : WRITE ONE THING I AM GRATEFUL FOR EVERYDAY
It doesn't take a lot for me to get down in the dumps. I start mentally listing all the things in my life that I'm not happy with and generally end up being quite the misery-pants if I don't keep myself in check. I've tried out writing a gratitude list every once in a while and I've found it to be seriously helpful for me to realise how LUCKY and BLESSED I truly am. It's honestly a game changer when I'm having a down day, so to combat any potential down days in February I've decided to keep a gratitude list all month. I'm already looking forward to reading back through it when I'm finished!
5 : PULL A CARD EVERYDAY
Aah, something I love but always end up not making enough time for.. NOT ANYMORE! I will be pulling a card from either a Tarot or Oracle deck everyday this month for guidance! On the days I do pull a card I always feel way more connected and grounded, and I just love having a little magical moment at the start of my day. I'm going to be making time for this every morning now, just like I do to put on my makeup and do my hair, this is just going to be another step to readying myself for the day.
Do you set yourself monthly goals? Do you have any particular goals for this month?