I don’t know if it’s just because I didn’t sleep well last night or what, but I have been so grumpy today with a permanent grouchy-face. I can’t seem to shake it. I’m about to go into the studio to blow the cobwebs off and hopefully that helps because it usually does.
Failing that though, I recently did an excellent exercise that I encourage you all to do. I suffer some form of amnesia and seemingly forget things that I have done (maybe, I’ve even mentioned this before?) Ha.
You know I like to plan my year but I’ve been encouraged (shout out to Jill at GOOD for helping me with this) to also look at and revisit the plan quarterly (or seasonally) to see where things are. Some things that are good about this are that 3 months isn’t a long time and it’s a great way to check-in to see if you’re on track. If you’re not you can become aware and adjust accordingly to get back on track before things get too far away from you, or you can pat yourself on the back a bit to see all the things you’ve managed to do. My default state is to think I haven’t really done anything. I’m obviously still thinking about myself as someone who doesn’t plan or want to really do anything… catch up brain, things have changed!
I wasn’t sure if I should share my list or just share the idea of it but I think I’ll share, not in a braggy sort of way, but hopefully in a way that shows if you have a plan and make some steps towards those goals regularly you might actually trick yourself into ticking some things off your list. I need to be tricked. :)
Here’s what’s happened in the first 3 months of the year.
I was 1 of 5 finalists for the Victoria International Airport Installation.
My work was shown at London Art Fair
My work was shown at AAF
Submitted to another EOI for a large scale public art call (apparently this is my thing now)
I was invited to do a residency in October at Half Moon Bay
I will be having my first solo show in London in September (!)
I submitted to a few calls that I didn’t get
I submitted my first CC grant application
Got a new studio lined up for mid April
Gave my website a bit of a make-over
I was asked to submit work for consideration to a New York Gallery
Most of these things were on my list of things I wanted to accomplish or line up in the first 6 months of the year. I was surprised and shocked when I sat down to write this review and now I am patting myself on the back a bit and feeling less grumpy… possibly even smirking a little.
Do you review your year quarterly/seasonally? Are you generally surprised by what you’ve done or haven’t done? This is the first time I’ve really done this part of planning and it feels like having an A+ PLAN also it’s a great reminder to have gratitude for all the good things that have happened/are happening and to appreciate the things that didn’t quite work out as a great opportunity to learn and be better.
Ok, I am pumped and ready to go back in.