2018 is rapidly coming to an end. Am I the only one who feels it went in the blink of an eye? I am hell bent for leather as my mom would say, not to let 2019 slip through my fingers. So during all my spare time this month, I am doing what I can to forge ahead.
This year I invested in myself to expand my art career by working with Alyson Stanfield and her Art Biz Success System. I took one class and instantly saw the value, so I signed on for more. For my birthday in November I celebrated by attending her Artist Mastermind Workshop in Asheville, North Carolina. Wow. That was a game changer. I left with my list. I filled pages of a notebook and I am slowly tackling it all. Last weekend she hosted a Completion Weekend. Each of us had to choose an aspect of our business we were possibly avoiding but wanted to complete and then encouraged us to put in the work. The group accountability was huge for me. My studio was a wreck. I really wanted to get it tidied up so I had room to paint and do more bead embroidery work. I detest cleaning. Really I do. I tend to nest more than anything. Well, I tidied multiple rooms that day so I could report back with success. Plus it got me ready for Christmas!
I know. Hot mess. Right?! Well I cranked the tunes, made some coffee and got to work. My other project was to clean out my email inbox. I had a really inefficient system that was costing me money in lost opportunities. I would scroll through my emails each morning. Delete the junk and then leave the rest to follow up that afternoon. Well, more emails would come in and bury my effort. So I did two things, I unsubscribed to as much as I could, then I took advantage of Gmail’s sorting system and had emails automatically filed into a variety of folders. This keeps everything nice and tidy. Emails from clients are now automatically forwarded to a CRM system, called Less Annoying CRM. So, if you want to get organized too, this is the video that showed me how.
My motto for 2018 was Work Smarter, not Harder. It may have taken me until the end of the year to really put this into effect, but I did it!
I tend to think of words and mottos that resonate through the year for me. I am still thinking of what I want my 2019 motto to be. Actually as I write, I am hearing my mom’s voice in my ears. At her restaurant she and her co workers would start the day with a chant of “Big Money, Come on, Big Money!” So yeah, Big Money. With effort and a real push I can finally pay off medical debt from 2014. Now wouldn’t that be something! Yes it would!
Also, as I have a brain like a sieve. I’ve hung a giant wipeable calendar for 2019 in my office. I call it the war board. I am determined to live life at full tilt despite the fact that I am still recovering from my stroke. I realized while in Asheville, that the key was to be precious with my energy and carefully plan my time. So this calendar is for that purpose. I can see at a glance when show deadlines are looming and what all I have to do until deadline. Hopefully life won’t zoom by me again or leave me worn out on the sidelines. It all takes careful planning and true organization.