My first, primary and most important goal for 2011 is to be happy. To make progress on me, and my mental state, to prioritize my various commitments and balance my life between business and creative energy and family and self. Balance is important, and I feel like I spun my wheels an awful lot in 2010 because I didn't have that.
It took until the end of March before I felt ready to move on, and the therapy was grueling, but necessary. I found myself again, and yes, was happy again. In that, 2011 can be nothing less than a resounding success.
I also made a few more specific goals:
In all? I'd say I got a B. Maybe a B+. Not shabby, but could use some improvement.
I did feel generally less scattered, and spent some good time on many of my various projects and creative pursuits. Let's look in some detail...
character landing pages...
I got this up to beta-testing and stalled out trying to get people to use it and figure out how to make the next steps. I'm slightly dissatisfied with the current incarnation, but chewing on my knuckles over how to improve it. Without people nagging me to improve it, I have let it simmer back-burner without much attention since mid-year. Anyone who has donated to it and feels that my delay is unfair, let me know - I do intend to finish this up, but I do not have any ETA whatsoever at this point. I could sit down and tackle it in an inspired week... or it may languish another year.
I want to fan the flames of this project, but have simply not had the energy to. It used to be that I had about a portrait a day to approve. Now, a week may pass with no new portraits. A shame, because we've still got adoptions happening, folks! Submit portraits!
The Arabian Nights coloring book project was cancelled due to low submissions. Gardens and Goddesses was released, featuring Mitzi Sato-Wiuff. There is greater interest in the next coloring book theme: Fairy Tales.
Sketches and simple portraits:
Other not-creative things:
Seriously that last one is pretty major, and took up more than half my year. I still have trouble believing it, even when I look down and my huge, bellybutton-less stomach is doing a weird alien belly-wave. I'm growing a baby in there. It is so surreal and life-changing that I can hardly believe it. Of all the things I got done this year, this is the one that intimidates and awes me the most. I can't wait to meet my little Elsa-Guppy.
(20 week ultrasound)
I suspect my 2012 goals will largely revolve around MAKE BABY and SLAVE TO BABY, but I will try to put together something a little more coherent and comprehensive a little later. :)