Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Talk About It Tuesday: New Years Review

So normally I don't make resolutions or do very well with keeping up with whatever ones I manage to make, last year, though, I made a post about New Years and wrote out my resolutions for everyone to see. Later in this post we're gonna look at how I did (*spoiler* Ohhhhhh we're halfway there!)

Before we begin I'd like to thank you reader, whether you're new or old, for checking out my blog and taking the time to read the words I write. This year, my first blogging, has been more amazing than any other year of my life and the main difference is this blog. I love doing what I'm doing and it's because of people like you I can do it, so as the picture says, thank you. Read below about this year and my resolutions for the next one!

2014 has flown by for me: I can't believe I've been in an apartment with my name on the lease for almost a whole year. I've had 3 different regular person jobs (not counting blogging or my handmade business) which is a weird change from the two previous years of my working life where I only had one job the whole time. I made my first paycheck as a blogger and even more surprisingly I get to work for one of my idols to boot.  I managed to survive my year off from school and successfully get back into the system afterwards. I sold at my first convention and made a profit, this gives me hope for the future because someday, maybe even someday soon, I'd like to be able to support myself fully on my own through my shop and this blog. I think I decided what I want to do with my life...that's right I think I've finally picked a major/career path! But that's a topic for another blog post, for now let's see how I did on last years resolutions:
  • Finish a project off of my shelf of unfinished projects once every two months. (Clearly I aimed too high last year)
    My total for projects finished off of this shameful shelf for the year is a whopping goose egg. We're not going to demand it of ourselves for a third year in a row. I don;t think the pressure is helping, it's only making me feel more guilty for not getting it done.
  •  Drink more water. (Seems simple enough right? I am a real soda-junkie)
    This one went much better than the first, I have almost completely cut soda out of my regular drinking and now it's just a treat. I mostly drink water, coffee, or hot chocolate. I  could still do better but I think this can just be a goal instead of a resolution this year
  •  Re-open Cwafty Creations and keep it open!
    Also accomplished! As you can tell by the banner of the blog, and this post, my shop is open and ready for your business, come check us out!
  •  Manage Time better/Procrastinate less
    This resolution was a little vague but I think I had satisfiying improvement on this front. I went back to school this year and I managed to manage my workload well. I tried to accomplish my school tasks when they were assigned or before the-night-before they were due.  I got all A's and the blog didn't go radio silent for too long due to academic reasons. On the other hand I did not start preparing for Aniwave until the week before and I knew I wanted to go since February. Procrastination is a serious affliction.
  •  Draw or Doodle everyday
    I did not bother to keep track of if I drew
    everyday but I think I deserve an A for effort for this resolution as well. I know that practice makes improvement and I practiced my drawing/rendering/doodling skills frequently this year. For example this challenge in March. School also contributed to this resolution and you can check out some of my favorite school doodles on my Instagram.
So I completely accomplished two resolutions and I got 1/2 done of two as well. So I'll count that as 3/5 and that isn't awful!

Now onto this year, 2015 is going to be a big year for me if last year is any indication. I hope to further my business on both fronts: shop and blog. Combined with school I know it's going to be difficult, but I know I have to work hard for what I want and I really want to be successful in these ventures that I've invested so much in.
  • Create more Art (similar to draw/doodle everyday.  I want to have a wider range portfolio; I have many abilities, but I need to have good, up to date examples. Plus creating is good for my being.)
  • Get a Penpal(s) (or correspond with more people in my life via snail-mail)
  • Get (more) organized! (this one is a constant life goal, but I want there to be a focus on it this year)
  • Challenge myself more (Vague much? Well here's what I mean, remember the challenge in March I mentioned in the previous resolutions? That was a month long draw-something-everyday challenge. I want to push myself artistically more. I've also got a blog challenge I'm going to be working on for the year.)
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables (Sweets are my best friends in the food department but my body probably would prefer stuff a little more tasty and good for you. I don't have any problem with most fruits or veggies but I am a lazy 21 year old. I'm going to make a better effort this year!
Last year I did a roundup of my favorite projects I had done so far, this year I had a little more to reflect on and I had to check in on last years resolutions as well as give you this years so I'll be writing up a Top 10 projects of the year post that'll be going up tomorrow.

How was you 2014? What are your hopes for 2015? Your resolutions? 

Til Next Time!


  1. I'd say 3 out of 5 is pretty good! I don't really have any official resolutions, just- draw more, grow my blog/shop and improve my writing. ;)

    1. Thanks Katie! I'm satisfied with my progress!
      Those are great resolutions for a crafty blogger :) I wish you luck!