ONE—I’m on track to graduate in June, and I’ll be writing my thesis this quarter. After a little over two years in grad school, I’m finally ready to put all this new-found knowledge and practice into full gear and find me a big-girl job. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been working in the field for years now, but it’s always been simultaneously done while working on one of my degrees. My goal is to rock these last couple months with school, find a job where I’ll be doing something that will make me happy, and get to living life post-school.
TWO—I feel like it’s ok to write this since it’s something I’ve been constantly working towards for about six months now. I think I munched on one [or fifty] too many cookies over the holidays, so now I’m back to losing about 15-20 pounds to reach my goal weight. Is this weird to talk about on the blog? Maybe. But I think putting this out there helps me be accountable for my actions. I want to go into my job search and graduation feeling like the best version of myself. Maybe this means losing the weight, but maybe it just means that I continue to take care of my body with healthy food, exercise, and a better state of mind. I don’t want the quick fix, I’m in this for the long haul. This year I want to keep my health a priority.
THREE—This is my big one. Over the past couple months I’ve been steadily taking on more and more freelance, which has been an overwhelmingly wonderful experience. I’m learning so much, and I’m getting to practice design that fits within my aesthetics on a regular basis. I also have a tendency to say yes to every opportunity that comes my way. So, when I finally do get some ‘free time,’ rather than really relaxing, I’m filling this time with little projects or things that I said I’d do for people. I love helping people out, really I do, but when I say yes to everything it really starts to pile up and I become resentful, stressed out, and just a terrible version of myself. I need my me time to binge-watch netflix, or experiment in the kitchen—it keeps me happy and sane. This year I’m going to start practicing saying no and setting boundaries. I need my free time to make the rest of my working time function sufficiently. Starting this year I’m taking a break from freelance to focus on writing my thesis and starting the job search. There’s no doubt that I’ll get back at it in a couple months, but for now I need to set my priorities straight and focus on the big picture items.
FOUR—After more than a year of consistent blogging, I now know that this is something that I really want to continue with for quite some time. I’ve been all over the place with blogging over the past year, and this year is for forming a solid foundation based on consistent variables. Soon I’ll be launching a refined re-brand for the blog and my personal identity. It will keep along the same aesthetics that I have, but will just help with building consistency throughout the Pinegate Road brand. I’m hoping to consistently post about three times a week, and make these posts special. While I love my columns, and they will most certainly pop up once in a while, I don’t want to be confined to a certain something having to go up on a certain day. I’ll be attending ALT in a couple weeks, and I think this will be a great place for me to start to define where I want to head this year with the blog as well. I want to make this little space the best it can be, and a place that consistently inspires—not something that has a few good posts muddled around with more ho-hum ones. I know it’s a journey, but I’m committed to making Pinegate Road a much more consistent and inspiring place this year.
FIVE—I think this kind of gathers up all the rest of my goals and over-arches them. With everything that I do, I hope that the end goal of those actions ends in happiness. What I’ve learned this past year is that, while not everything you do will actually make you happy, I need to focus on being more happy on my journey towards my goals rather than hoping I’ll be happy when I get there. The majority of time you have is the time you spend working towards your goals, the making of the goal is only a fraction—why make that your entire happy? I want to put my happiness on a pedestal, and really work towards making those moments pop up in my day-to-day life. I want to make sure that where I work this next year is a place where I know I’ll be happy, at least most of the time. The Lentement project was one way I started putting this mind-set into action this last year, and I hope this can continue in the future.