2017 New Year Words

I’ve decided to forgo the 365-day habit this year, this is a change after two years. I love daily habit building resolutions, but I find that I don’t really work on those projects but scramble something, anything, together last minute. I’m working toward quantity rather than quality. In some ways, this is great for measuring progress and keeping me going, but at the end of the year, I don’t know how much quantifying has helped. It’s changed me somewhat but I need something better for 2017.

As I work toward many different goals I have picked three words of value to keep to. The first word is Move. This word represents movement in time, steps toward or away from a goal. I hope to move forward, but I must not stand still. Although 2016 I stepped forward in my mindset I did not move far in career and location. I want to avoid being still. The word ‘move’ also applies to getting my body moving in exercise. Lastly, as a love of animation, I want to move those drawings and create. Which leads to my second word, Make.

Make comes from Neil Gaiman’s Make Good Art speech. I remind myself to make good art no matter what has happened in life, good or bad. I want to make 2017 my year. I create my year and I will make my projects and goals happen.

The third word has always been a word I held close to my heart but for some reason never dare to work on. It’s Empower. I want to inspire and empower others to do what they love to make and move their world. I plan to find ways to enable myself so that I can build others up. I like the word empower over things like inspire and value because it means that I’m helping others to grow and feel confident to do things themselves. It’s permission to be your own boss to allow someone to claim their rights. Just thinking about the word gives it power and grows the idea. It’s a beautiful blossoming idea in my mind and I want to take the strength of that word and give it others as well as empower myself.

There are many projects and goals that I have but I want to stand by these words for the year. To use them as a measurement for my growth. If you’re still looking for what to do for your New Year’s Resolutions perhaps pick a word or more. I suggest keeping it to three at max because words hold weight. Picking too many might leave you confused and conflicted. I feel like these three are mine for the year and I hope they will guide me to make good choices with my time, relationships, work, and goals.

I’ll be showing more of my projects in 2017 and how these words help me create them. Please bare with me for the next week while I redo my website and clean up my internet homes. Lots of dusting to do!

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!


Been Awhile

Goodness, it has been awhile since I last posted. I got sick right after Xmas day. Might be TMI but I threw up for 15 hours straight, so as you can imagine my muscles and stomach are still tender. Following that, I have been traveling. Hanging with family in Chicago for New Years. I feel like it’s been ages since I posted as a result!

I can’t believe there’s only one more day in 2016. I’ll try to find some time to go through my posts and pick a few of my favorites for a wrap on the year. It’s a little difficult being out with family. So many crazy moments and loud family members. Gets a little hard to find focus time. Should try to get up early since this is the family that sleeps in.

I’ll def continue posting during 2017 so I’ll have more to come. Maybe less frequently since I tried to do it every night this year. I plan to shift the focus of this blog closer toward art and animation. This year was self-centered since I using it as a way to improve personal habits and keep track of progress. The blog itself wasn’t exactly honed on one theme and mostly for myself. With the Gary Vaynerchuk brainwashing, I’ve been conditioned to make the blog have value so the blog will def be better. I’ll take a week off so I can update the site with proper goals in mind. I’ll need it to go with the finalize rebrand on my portfolio.

I have a few ideas I’m thinking about committing to for the next year Maybe another 365 lettering or a drawing project for 2017? I’m still musing. I’ll let you know tomorrow.

Well enjoy your last day of 2016 (or Happy New Year if you’re ahead of me time wise) and celebrate! One more post coming your way in this year!

❤ Kendall