August [Creative] Goals

I'm always a little wary of setting goals because I tend to be really harsh on myself when I don't meet them. 

Despite this, however, a large part of me really, really likes setting goals. Because when I do hit my goals I am on top of the fucking world. 

So I'm going to try to compromise by posting monthly goals that are more broad and general vs detailed and specific.

1. Daily Creative

I'd like to incorporate doing something creative each and every day. Whether that means working on my book in the morning, painting in the afternoon or knitting in the evening, I don't want to go to bed not having done something creative. To help with this, I've purchased a new blank notebook for daily inspiration. I'm going to fill it with quotes, images, scribbles and whatever I find inspiring. 

2. Experiment & Explore

I'm still in the process of returning to my creative roots. The idea behind this goal is to give myself permission to experiment and explore with different techniques. Even if I don't like a painting, I want to take away something from it, like a new technique I learned or what not to do when mixing certain colors. My creativity flourishes most when I'm not trying so hard, so I'm going to do my best to let go of that inner perfectionist more. 

3. Community

Most of my friends are writers and knitters. As I'm also painting and creating art, I want to connect with other painters/artists. I want to learn from them, share with them and just generally make friends with them. I've already started this, but I'd like to find more people to follow on IG and Twitter -- so if you know of someone I should check out, let me know in the comments! 

4. Deep Soul Writing

So this one is a little specific, but it's something I am committed. I started at the beginning of the month, and I'm giving it 30 days (per the author's suggestion). Every night before bed, I'm engaging in "deep soul writing" -- which is basically daily journaling and listening to my subconscious. It's more the listening I want to work on than the writing. If you're curious, check out "Writing Down Your Soul" by Janet Conner

And that's it for my goals for this month. I think I did pretty good at keeping them broad and general! I'll check back in at the end of the month to see how well I kept up with it. 

What kinds of goals do you have for this month? Let me know in the comments! 


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