The Planning Phase

There are times where I feel like I am not doing much. In reality, it's a little bit of lots of things that are working toward something bigger, but it becomes such a blur. That's how this approaching April is feeling. As usual, the year is going by way too fast: the projects I want to accomplish are not as far along as I would like, I wanted to have my taxes done back in February and I panic as I see the year rolling by and not getting a proper start on my children's book. I like to let things happen, but sometimes a little bit of a guided path is necessary.

View from a recent hike on Saturday in Napa's  Skyline Wilderness Park

View from a recent hike on Saturday in Napa's Skyline Wilderness Park

With the first quarter of the year being done, I think I need to acknowledge what I have accomplished so far:

  • Applied for an international art residency
  • Applied for the West Elm/Minted design challenge
  • Applied to be a contributor to a new magazine
  • Opened a shop on my website in addition to my Etsy shop
  • Ran my first giveaway
  • Nearly completed my redesigned wholesale line sheet
  • About to have my work in one new store
  • About to have my portraits in a wedding guide
  • Close to launching my travel paintings
  • Close to launching my tote bags

So this brings me to a public to do list. If I let you know what I am doing, I will be far more likely to do it. I made a public list at the beginning of the year, so here's another one.

The list!

  1. Complete drawings for my Shelter show
  2. Edit and add ALL custom portraits to my website
  3. Deep dive into the rest of my taxes
  4. Shoot stylized photos of my art prints and their packaging
  5. Order business cards and postcards
  6. Write to stores for wholesale (past and potential)
  7. Print my first few tote bag designs in April
  8. Sketch and write one new page for my children's book
  9. Finish a few Skillshare classes
  10. Add more designs to Society 6
  11. Try out Spoonflower

Some of these items are ongoing, but I definitely want to accomplish most of them in the next month!

What do you need to get done?