Changing Room

One thing I’ve discovered from writing through my thoughts over the past 21 months is that for things to change, you need to change a few things.  And small changes are just as significant as bigger ones.

Having written before about the impact of attire on my mood, I realised it would help if I got it right first time every time with a wardrobe refresh.  Feng shui probably doesn’t spring to mind when you’re looking to review your own wardrobe, but I wanted some fresh ideas, and it helped me rethink my studio last year.

This post by California Closets.com goes beyond the usual tips to declutter and colour co-ordinate your clothes; just what I was looking for.  Starting with step 2, I’ve reordered my own things from side to side, as follows:

  • Work clothes (which represent prosperity)
  • Casual and weekend wear (relationships with loved ones)
  • Creative wear, for drawing, gardening, baking and… (inspiration and my artistic side)
  • Formal clothes (success)
  • Lingerie and date night outfits (love)

Then you can arrange each section by colour and type (steps 3 and 4).

If you haven’t got time to declutter first, you can do that once you’ve taken stock of everything you have, one section at a time, as I am.  My mood has definitely been lifted, and it’s much easier to find the perfect outfit for an evening out, or for getting covered in charcoal dust.

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Happy Year Ahead

“Build milestones on the road ahead… Because the more finish lines you set, the more moments of pride you’ll be able to celebrate. Not only does that feel good, it will motivate you.”

Eric Barker, …How To Create Happy Memories…

I’ve wished so many people a “Happy New Year” over this past week, yet I don’t think I’ve ever wished it to myself.

As I looked back over my 2017 posts for the last two-weeks’ annual review, I realised how many big goals I’d set myself, and how bad I felt for not honouring them… I’m still planning a blog redesign, by the way.

So, I’m taking Eric’s advice and setting a few more finish lines this year, rather than just one major one that might just be a few steps too far (and this post is the first one done).

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A Backward’s Glance (2)

Some more things I learned this year:

If you don’t book them, they won’t happen – a 2016 retrospective, and a 2017 wish list.

But a year is full of surprises – lessons through logo design: series round-up.

…especially when it comes to drawing – habitual change.

If you don’t know where you’re heading, draw yourself a map – how would you learn to draw?

I’m waiting for 2018 to reveal itself before I make any major commitments.  However, I know who to ask if I get stuck.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year.

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A Backward’s Glance (1)

Some things I learned this year:

The smallest activity can make the biggest impact – the life-changing magic of tidying your smalls.

There’s more than one way to draw a drawing – one viewpoint, two outcomes.

The hardest challenges can turn out to be the most rewarding – learning through logo design (lesson 1 of 5).

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas.

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All for One?

I’m almost done.  My casual winter wardrobe is set aside, and I’m reviewing a few other items that I haven’t worn for a while.  The rest will have to wait until spring beckons.

Focusing in on just one project isn’t such a bad idea.  I see that now.  Picking a wardrobe category and giving it my full attention has helped me get close to this particular finish line.  But I’m not sure whether I could approach my creative work in the same way.

  • How do I balance building my technical skills with the joy of exploring an illustration or design project?
  • What if I get stuck?
  • How do I make the smooth transition from one finished project to a brand new one?

Seeing how my wardrobe has benefited from my (almost) undivided attention, I’m sure my sketchbook would appreciate some quality time with me, too.

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