As promised, I sat down for two hours last Thursday and went over my 2007 accomplishments. Early in the year, I decided that the theme for 2007 would be The Big Leap. I even made some motivational cards and laminated them to help inspire me. You can check those out by clicking on “Continue Reading” at the end of this post.
Here is some of what I accomplished.
Presented 8 workshops in 6 states to about 330 artists.
Visited three additional states for pleasure and 11 new art institutions.
Began and kept up a yoga practice.
Led 7 month-long (or longer) online classes, 3 free teleseminars, and 7 other teleseminars. Led a one-week Web site makeover class. Clint Watson's Web site marketing teleseminars are still a favorite.
Had 2300 new subscribers to the Art Marketing Action newsletter.
Increased income 48%! (Joined “Rich Women” group to focus on finances.)
Opened high-yield money market.
Read 18 or so books and partially read numerous others.
Put weekly podcasts into place.
Created the Inner Circle (recently disbanded). Lasted 8 months and met some wonderful people through it.
Attended seven educational workshops and classes.
Met three clients face-to-face as they passed through Colorado: Gay Pogue, Ellen Soffer, and Tamara Burgh.
Caught the best early powder of the ski season in Crested Butte.
And some more highlights . . .
Best nonfiction book read: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Best fiction book read: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards (I’m not much of a fiction reader. My goal was two novels this year and I read four.)
By the way, both of those books had stellar covers!
Best biz books that would also be good for artists to read(I can’t choose just one): The New Rules of Marketing and PR by David Meerman Scott; Pop! Stand Out in Any Crowd by Sam Horn; Your Attention, Please. by Paul B. Brown and Alison Davis; and BRAG! by Peggy Klaus.
Best cookbook discovery that will save you time with easy menus: Glorious One-Pot Meals by Elizabeth Yarnell
Favorite Ecstatic Art Encounters: Morris Louis exhibit at the High Museum in Atlanta; Kiki Smith installation at the de Young Museum in San Francisco; Deborah Oropallo exhibit also at the de Young; and the recently mentioned Larry Poons painting at the Denver Art Museum
Favorite Ecstatic Architecture Encounter: The Sea Ranch Chapel, designed by James T. Hubbell.
Oh, yeah, and I finished I'd Rather Be in the Studio!, my 250-page book!
Have you made your list?
A selection of my motivational cards for The Big Leap 2007.