STOP. BREATHE. LOOK BACK.
I'll bet you did more this year than you are giving yourself credit for!
Yeah, the year might not have turned out as you had hoped, but you surely exercised your creativity (in art and business) and expanded beyond your previous comfort zone.
Now, take some time to acknowledge what you have accomplished before working on that plan for the New Year.
SET THE MOOD
Light a candle. Open a bottle of wine. Buy some flowers. Snuggle into your most comfy jammies. This is YOU time.
Open my email prompts and start writing. Capture your year day by day, one thing at a time. Decorate your pages if you like.
DO A LITTLE DANCE
Look at all you did! It's amazing you got any sleep at all. Take a moment to soak in what you've accomplished.
What a wonderful idea and how well thought out and organized! I often make a list of what I want to accomplish in a coming year but never give a thought to evaluating the previous year which it would be well to do first! —Pat
I kept writing “nothing, I didn’t do anything in that category this year,” and then I’d go “Wait! Yes I did!” I accomplished a lot more than I thought I did last year, thanks for all those thought provoking questions to help me realize that! —Elaine
I'm the host of The Art Biz podcast, founder of the Art Biz Connection community, and author of I'd Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist's No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion.
I started my annual review more than a decade ago and have been sharing the process with artists for almost as long.
Here's why: It's critical to see that you are making progress. It feels great seeing everything I accomplished on a piece of paper. Rather than staring down that endless to-do list, I celebrate the Done.
ALYSON B. STANFIELD
I wait for this every December, Alyson!
Your year-end review is one of my rituals! - Michele