Have you recovered from your Thanksgiving food coma? Maybe next year I will try to abstain from gluttony and put my money where my mouth is and do more giving instead of more eating. Even though they roll around the same time every year, the holidays always sneak up on me. One minute it is August and the next it is November.
A lovely, wonderful thing has happened this year. On December 1st (when I am writing this) I have all my Christmas shopping DONE! DONE. DONE. DONE! That has not happened since my now grown kids were toddlers. My daughter and son-in-law will not be here this year :-(, but with his family so I had to get at least their gifts taken care of in time for their Thanksgiving visit. I’m cheap and don’t want to pay shipping or stand in line at the post office. So, once I got started throwing my money around it didn’t take long to beat down that gift list. Oh, happy day Cyber-Monday as I made that last purchase on Etsy.
Oh, yeah, my decorating is done as well! How the heck did I do that? Ahhhh, no kids at home anymore. That is the downside. There is always a price to pay.
So, what am I going to do with all this time on my hands? Well, I have some gifts I am making for seven little munchkins. Next year they will officially be on my gift giving list, but for one more year I consider it helping out my fiancé. Here is a sneak peek. Will post the finished ones after Christmas along with a commissioned piece that I finished back in October but can’t show yet.
The not so fun stuff is the computer backups, upgrades, filing and reports to get ready for taxes. YUCK! I can’t use the Christmas season as an excuse to procrastinate this year. If I’m really, really good, my plan is to hunker down this weekend and beat most of it into submission.
I do have a large design piece to start on that has a first quarter deadline, AND I’m challenging myself to a drawing a day in 2016 to freshen up some skills. Do you think I should do a few as fillers on those days that just get away from me? Yep, I think so too. I will post some of those as I go along (keep me accountable please).
In 2015 I had a rough idea for a series that I wanted to work on. Things fell apart and nothing more than a few sketches happened. I still like the ideas and have added to the list, so my big goal for 2016 is to begin again. This year has been lots of experimenting in different mediums, refining skills and finding direction. Hopefully focusing on one idea will give me some boundaries to work within. I have too much creative ADD to live without boundaries! It has been a willy nilly year around here in 2015.
I apologize if this post has bored you to tears. Writing down some goals keeps me on track. Guilt can be a wonderful thing.
If you have made it this far, I hope you have peace, health, laughter, joy and fun in the coming days instead of the usual holiday insanity.