Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Objectives for 2009

pencil sketch male profile
5" x 6" graphite sketch
Hubby watching the Rose Bowl

I really enjoy setting goals for the year. I am a dreamer at heart and the beginning of the year is a great time to dream about all I could accomplish in the next 365 days.

Since it is easy to get carried away, I normally start with a list of possible goals where I allow myself to brainstorm and think big. Later I come back and take a more realistic look at the list. This is the time I par it down to goals I think are achievable plus a few stretch goals. I don't want to start the year setting myself up to fail with unrealistic expectations. I do keep my copy of "possible goals" though which I can always pull from later in the year or use for next year.

This year I plan to really focus on building a body of work. This will include adding new work to a few series I already have started, as well as creating work for a new project I am really excited about. I don't have all the details figured out for this new project yet, but I can't wait to get going on it.

pencil sketch child head and shoulders
3.5" x 4" graphite sketch
Child #2 watching Rose Bowl

Another primary objective for 2009 is to put some serious effort toward a business and marketing plan. I don't feel capable of creating this plan on my own, so I asked my sister-in-law (who has some excellent marketing experience) for her help. Luckily she agreed!

Lastly, I want to keep up the theme of visibility and frequency that I started last year. With a minimal effort last year I managed to find 8 local opportunities for showing my work. I also worked on my web visibility. I want to keep the momentum going in both these areas in 2009, however, I'm not sure this will be possible. I have a lot of groundwork to lay for the new project which will be my focus for the first part of the year. But I will do my best to manage both.

3 comments:

Anita said...

Looks like so many of us are putting the business side high on our list for 2009. With inside help from family members I am sure you will be off to a flying start.

José said...

Hi,

When they missbehave, your way to make them pay is to make them watch the rose bowl ? :-)

Kind regards,

José

Stacy said...

Thanks Anita! I am thankful I have family members who can help. She said she might be a bit demanding, but I think that is what I need!

Jose, I laughed at your comment when I realized what a bad global citizen I am. I sometimes forget to explain American things. The Rose Bowl is an annual football game that you can watch on television. This year is was a bit of a punishment because the team my husband likes lost!!