Hey Creative Friend,
I’m doing another of my public sharing of my annual goals. You can find my 2019 goals here. I like to share my goals with you because it helps me be accountable and it encourages you to set your own goals.
Each time I have shared my goals I get many people telling me how it helped them clarify what they wanted to do and how it inspired them to go for it. So, here’s hoping that my goals this year will get the wheels turning for you as well.
As I’ve explained in previous goal setting posts, you want to convert your goals to SMART goals to make them achievable. Please note that this isn’t the SMART version of my goals. It’s the version of my creative goals that’s easy to post here.
So, let’s get into it.
I’m planning to develop my portrait skills further and create an even stronger body of work. I might even take a class if I find the right one. Although at this point, I feel like what I need is more practice, not classes. I’m specifically looking at incorporating more patterns in the background of my works and improving my skills with rendering facial features. I’m also looking at being more playful with my portraits. I want to move beyond the bust to full figure portraits and multi-figure portraits. In addition to all that, I’ve also applied for some amazing opportunities that I’m really excited about.
In 2021, I plan to open my art shop so that I can sell prints. I’ve been receiving so many requests that I have to make this happen. I’ve started working on the online store front for my prints but I hit a snag when it came to taxes. I’m not quite sure what I’m supposed to do with taxes. I called my state’s tax office. Didn’t go far with that one. I feel like if I could find someone to spend a few minutes with me I’ll be able to get that part sorted out. So that’s on my agenda for 2021
I plan to update my existing educational programs because I believe in continuous improvement. I’ll incorporate the feedback I’ve received from my past students to keep improving my courses so that I can better meet the needs of creatives all over the world. I also plan to release two new courses in 2021. As I like to say, teaching is my generosity engine. So, I look forward to using my educational programs to show generosity to some deserving folks.
This year, I don’t have any plans for a solo show. But who knows. If some great opportunities come up, I won’t turn them down. I’ll keep submitting into group shows that are a good fit for my work. With regards to the regional Connecticut exhibition that I’ve been managing for the last 5 years, I’ll be giving it up this year. I feel it’s time to move on , seek other opportunities and do other things. I believe in supporting the arts. So I’ll find another way to support my art organization. It’s just not going to be as me being the exhibitions manager.
Up until now, I haven’t promoted myself as a small business that much. It’s always been a blog. Now, I’ll like to not only set up and promote my art practice as a small business, I’ll also act like a business. My two main marketing tools until now, have been my website and by showing my work in exhibitions. This year, I want to do more. I plan to grow my Instagram following and thereby increase the exposure of my art pieces. I’ll also look into paid advertising and some traditional and non-traditional media sources.
That’s a lot. I’ve got my work cut out for me in 2021. It’s going to be another busy year for sure. Setting stretch goals makes me look forward. It makes me feel like there’s something to wake up to every day.
Although, this is all about creative goals, let me throw in one personal goal I hope to achieve in 2021. Drink no more than 2 cups of tea a day. That’s really going to be hard for me to do, I know. 🙂
Have you set your 2021 goals? Can you share some below? If you haven’t set your goals yet, what’s stopping you? How can I help?
You have doing amazing things! I love how you give to the community.
So many benefit from your sharing and I find that sharing one’s ideas helps one grow more. I think you find that too.
You have quite the goals for next year and you are so motivated to achieve that I am sure you will complete everyone one you described.
Clara Nartey says
You’re right Sita. I do love sharing and sharing makes me grow.
Thanks for your vote of confidence in me achieving these goals I’ve set for myself 🙂
You’re lovely, Clara, so generous of spirit. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones and all the best for a 2021 filled with your goal achievements.
Clara Nartey says
Such kind words.
Happy new year to you too.
Elizabeth Moore says
Happy New Year, Ms. Clara.
I pray God’s blessings on you and your creative journey this year. One of my goals is to learn to thread sketch flowers. I am also learning floral design at the same time, so I want my quilting to follow the same growth path. I look forward to any videos and classes that you offer this year.
Clara Nartey says
Thanks for your kind wishes, Elizabeth. I appreciate them.
I look forward to seeing you in one of my classes this year.
Jo-Anne Vandermey says
A good reminder to write down my goals… Thats what I plan to do today.
Thank you! You are a constant encourager….
Clara Nartey says
You’re welcome Jo-Anne. I hope you were able to write down your goals.