Tuesday, June 4, 2013

5 Ways to follow through on your goals

Okay. So. Wow, I'm a little nervous, guys. This is the finished graphic that I mentioned here and here:


For ages, one of my goals has been to improve my lettering. I absolutely adore anything handwritten and I would love to be able to add more hand-lettered variety to my guided journals. This graphic came about not only as a way to work on my lettering, but also as a reminder of some of the ways I can continue to follow through on this goal.

1. Divide and Conquer - I know my lettering won't improve without a lot of practice. So far, I am nowhere near the level I hope to achieve some day, but the best way to get there is to take it one step at a time, i.e. find one little thing I'm keen to write about (goal-setting definitely fits the bill!) and do it, then pick another little something and write about that next. And so on and so on. I have faith that I will see improvement if I just keep at it.

2. Put Fear in its Place - As I write this post, my heart is thumping and my palms are clammy. There's a little voice in my head suggesting not so gently that I probably shouldn't post this. The composition is not what it should be, the lettering looks amateurish, the colour scheme needs work, . . . But whatever, stupid voice. I'm posting anyway. This is the place where I try stuff out. This is where I come to fail, if necessary. If I wait until I'm not scared, I'll never post again.

3. Expect Setbacks - Yep, stuff gets in the way. Available working hours are few, interruptions are many, crises of self-confidence are frequent. That's life. The only imperative is never to give up.

4. Learn Along the Way - This has been the best part so far. I finally figured out how to scan a drawing and colour it digitally in Illustrator. I have lots more to learn on that subject, but it feels awesome to add a new tool to the kit.

 5. Shout if From the Rooftops - And here we are. This is my rooftop. This is where I pledge to make my goals a reality.

That's my story for now. What goal have you pledged to follow through on?

9 comments:

  1. That is superb :) LOVE it :D

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  2. This is a lovely graphic - and although you might see only the faults in your writing, the rest of us see something much better than we could do!

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    1. Hi Margot! Such kind words, thank you. :)

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  3. I love the view from your rooftop! Shout it, baby!

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  4. Amazing! I thought it was printed out until you said you wrote all of it by hand. Amazing!

    Found your blog when someone mentioned it on the fb group smashbookaholics

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  5. As soon as I saw your "graphic" my first thought was "That's so awesome, I should print it out and hang it up!" To think you did it by hand astounds me. While you may think you need more practice (practise?) I think you are already amazing. You can only go up from here. :)

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