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.


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...


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

Kind regards,


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!!