A Fresh New Year and 2016 Goals
A planner with no marks
New Years is a nice time, it’s actually one of my favorite times of the year. I love champagne and the clinking of glasses with dear friends. I always listen to New Year, by Death Cab and have for the past ten years or so. The first line is, “So this is the new year and I don’t feel any different…” and that’s so true, a new year is much like a birthday, you don’t feel a year older when your birthday comes along, it’s just another day in the passing of time. However, I like the newness that a new year can signify. My planner is fresh and ready for pencil marked plans. We have a new number to try and remember when we sign our name. We can also make new goals and try to top last year. Resolutions are too easy to break, you miss a day and then what, and you’ve failed the whole year? I am making goals, with broad brush strokes, to fit my plans into them, so if a day is missed or I mess up I can just realign my focus. In 2016 I have a lot of things I would like to do, so how can I stay focused to achieve those goals, I am going to try with goals to live a more fulfilled, successful and happy life. I have four goals that are more for professional focus and two that are personal. I’ll share them with you, so you know my plans and feel free to share your goals, resolutions, things you’d like to improve on in the New Year.
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Living creatively, this is my first focus for the year. Like I said earlier, I want to keep my goals more as a focus, so they are board so that smaller, bite size goals can fit into them and things that don’t fit into the six can be culled or the time I use will be limited when it comes to things that don’t fit. Live creatively means being creative every day. I want to challenge myself to create and work that muscle. I want to create whether it’s drawing, makeup, words, photography food, etc. it doesn’t matter the medium, just create. Often I will stop when I feel uninspired, instead of breaking through and pushing to keep creating. I think creativity is much like a muscle, you have to keep working at it and pushing yourself harder to keep seeing results and to not grow stiff. Wondering in Color is part of this, I rarely create with words, especially with words that don’t have to do with cosmetics. Wondering in Color is also where I want to share my creatively, so join me and follow along.
Growing reach is my sphere of influence and the most professional goal I have. This is a very businessy goal that doesn’t fit as much with the rest of my goals, but it’s still important to me. I want to continue to grow my RebeccaShoresMUA beauty blog and YouTube. I want to be able to make a more steady income with my beauty blogging and continue to see growth by improving my posts, videos and makeup skills.
Improving skills is both business and personal. I want to learn more art and makeup techniques, improve my photography, learn to edit better for beauty videos, learn to do beauty editing for Instagram, learn to market my blog better and more. I have so much to learn and I want to never stop learning. I have a lot of things I would love to learn and too little time to do it. I have a thirst for learning new things, but combined with my inherent tenacity I need to do a better job at culling the skills that are less important or I don’t enjoy. So this goal is to help me focus and the skills I need to improve and advance them further, rather than being a jack of all trades. Script, graphic design, watercolors, painting, makeup, skincare, adobe tutorials, writing, those are things I’ll let myself get lost in, but reigning myself in when it comes to things that I don’t care to be good at like knitting or videogames. There is too little time to try and be good at everything. Wondering in Color also ties to this goal, as I want to improve my photography skills, script and writing which I plan to share with you here and on the @wonderingincolor Instagram.
Inspiring others, this is my goal that is hardest to quantify improvement. I want to be different, not for the sake of being different, but for being myself and not aligning with only what’s popular at the time. One of my greatest aspirations is to inspire others to live creatively and to play with colors. I do play with colors on my professional Instagram, in hopes to inspire others to do the same. So that maybe they would see cosmetics not as a way to hide your face, but to be wearable art. If any of you have seen my @rebeccashoresmua Instagram account you would know I often wear looks that are visually fun, but not the most flattering for my coloring or face shape. I view makeup much like a washable tattoo, it’s beautiful and it comes off at the end of the evening. On Wondering in Color, if anyone actually reads, I want to lead by example of living creativity. My creative, more artist side often I hide away, thinking that no one is interested in the things I create that aren’t beauty related, but what even is art if you never share it? I also want to inspire others to be kind, always. I try to always choose my words mindfully and not let hurt feelings get in the way when I am on social media. Wondering in Color as well as my beauty blog are the realization of this goal and this goal is the focus to keep sharing things I’ve created.
Enriching relationships is something I want to pursue more this year. I want to be better at staying in touch with those I care about. I also want to be more okay with having a few close friends rather than a lot of friends. I was younger I thought I wanted a lot of friends, as I have gotten older I’ve realized I value quality over quantity. Also, as I’ve grown I have learned that live is so fragile so I must cherish the moments I have with people so get to know them deeper while you can. In this next year, while I practice my skill of script, I plan on writing letters and keeping in touch. I used to live less than a mile from my grandparents, so I want to write letters to feel as if we are close, as I miss them dearly. My best friend and live on opposite borders of the country, I need to make more time to call and catch up. I want to make more skype dates, more lunch plans and ask more questions in the new year.
Being present is my last personal goal. Living in a world full of distractions and having so much at our fingertips, it can be hard to live in the now. I have already turned off all social media push notifications on my phone so now the only time I hear a beep is for texts and phone calls. I like to be able to control when I get those distractions, rather than let beeps and buzzes control me. I am also trying to make a conscious effort to put my phone down and just live. Having a job in social media, I will be that person to take some photos when I go somewhere, but once I get a photo I want to put my phone away and leave it alone. I’ve been unplugging more, leaving my phone in the other room to charge as I work, choosing books over browsing and choosing people in front of me over the noise of the web.
Often I wish I could live a thousand lives. I could get to know everyone on a deeper level, I could learn so many new skills, I could be a painter, chief, MUA, photographer and a world traveler, there’s so much I want to do! I could try so many things, but this isn’t the case, I’ve been given only one life on earth so I want to live it to the best of my abilities. My goals, my foci for 2016 are to help keep me on a path to realize the things that I want to succeed in, live life to the fullest, and learn in this New Year. I will be
Let me know in the comments if you make resolutions or focuses and if so, what they are. Let’s chat!