Starting the New Year out right!
I am a New Year’s resolution type of girl. I love spending time reflecting on the previous year and making plans for the coming year. Do I ever accomplish all I set out to do? NO, but over time, I do manage to get things done. It may take me several years but if it’s pressing enough to make it on the list year after year, I eventually get to it.
(Note: This does not include the ever popular “Lose weight and start exercising!” resolution which is always on the list and is truly the bane of my existence!)
WORD OR THEME FOR THE YEAR
I like to choose a theme for the year. Last year, my theme was “Think Ahead”. This really helped to improve the way I organize my life so I am going to repeat it. Thinking ahead and trying to prepare for events ahead of time rather than just-in-time has helped to dramatically reduce my stress levels.
20 FOR 2020 LIST
This year, I have made 20 personal and professional goals that I would like to accomplish over 2020. Some items are simple, others are more complicated. I got this idea from Gretchen Rubin’s podcast “Happier”. I did this in 2019 (19 for 2019) and was able to cross about half the items off of my list. I am kind to myself with these sorts of lists and think of them more as a guideline rather than an edict controlling my life.
Here are a few of highlights from the 20 for 2020 list….
Read More Books: I keep track of the books I read and I average about two books a month. So many books, so little time. I want more! I’ve decided to commit to listening to at least one audiobook a month. I love listening to podcasts and this a natural addition to my listening pleasure. I get free audiobooks through my library which offers books on two apps, Libby and Hoopla. Right now I am listening to Little Women in preparation for seeing the movie. I read the book when I was young but listening to the book during the holidays has been a real treat!
ONE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EVERY MONTH: My husband and I started camping a couple of years ago and we really love it. We hike, kayak (he fishes while I read) and enjoy nature. This year, I want to plan an outdoor adventure every month. We can snowshoe, cross-country ski, hike, kayak or just take a long walk. We plan to visit a couple of national parks and camp several times over the summer. Being out in nature directly inspires my art so I don’t think it will be too hard to hit this goal.
ONE ART ADVENTURE EVERY MONTH: This involves traveling to visit an art museum or gallery exhibit every month. I had this goal last year and it worked well. The highlight of the year was visiting Donald Judd’s Studio and seeing the Earth Room one day in NYC. My January adventure will be to visit MoMA in New York City with my daughter. (Maybe I’ll squeeze in another museum as well. I’m happy to take recommendations for any good exhibits in January in NYC.)
WORK SMALL, THINK BIG: Mid-year I wrote about my Art Malaise. I hadn’t exactly hit an artist block but I wasn’t very excited about anything I was working on. Recently, I spent a couple of afternoons making small 6” x 6” Gelli-Plate prints. It was so much fun creating a bunch of small works over a period of a couple of hours. They weren’t all great but several prints have promise. I would like to experiment with digitally printing them onto fabric and incorporating embroidery. I think part of my malaise was working on time-consuming projects where the progress was slow. This year, I would like to experiment with working on small, portable pieces and thinking about how I will combine these small works into a larger context.
We shall see what 2020 brings us. I know that it’s hard to think positively with all that is going on in the world. However, I want to start this new decade with a sincere wish to everyone for a happy and healthy 2020!
You can see Laura Morrison’s art at lauramorrisonart.com
Image: Ginko Leaves, Laura Morrison, gelli-plate print, 6″ x 6″, 2019