Planning for 2019

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It seems strange to think that there are only two weeks left in this year. I actually had to check the calendar after I typed that. Yes. Two weeks.

The other day, I was thinking that it was early to be planning for next year. When I look at the calendar and realize that, though? It’s not too early at all. In fact, I kind of feel some pressure being applied.

But… I’m good.

I don’t have everything in place that I want for 2019, but who does? Not only am I not that organized, I don’t want to be that rigid.

My planner setup for the year is in a purple Carpe Diem A5 6-ring binder. I’m doing a hybrid method using a traditional calendar (week on two pages layout) and Bullet Journal methods. I’ve been giving it a trial run for the past couple months and it’s working out great.

I already have my goals lined up. I will be tracking them per quarter so I’ll better know where I stand with what I’m wanting to do. I won’t share them here just yet. I will let you know some of them as they come along because it involves new books, courses, and reviving my podcast.

It’s more than keeping on keeping on. It’s growing and improving and loving what I do so that I will have more things to share with you, too.

Have you started planning for 2019 yet? What kinds of content do you want to see here (or hear on the podcast) that would help you reach your goals?

Taking My Own Advice

jen1Back in October, I posted about Creative Self-Care. I have to admit that I haven’t really done that myself. I’ve been in get-it-done mode.

You know how it is.

You have your list. You’re checking it twice. You’re gonna find out who’s naughty… Wait. Wrong list. And I’m not Santa.

Anyway, you have your list and you double- and triple-check to make sure you’re dong everything you want to do. Then a hiccup comes along and makes you adjust your plan, but you’re still determined to get it done.

You don’t take time for you. You get run down. You don’t feel all that great. You’re trying to do everything right, but you’re… just… so… tired.

I’m there.

There are a lot of reasons for it, not just being busy and trying to get things done, but that is part of it.

I’ve decided to lighten up on myself. I’m not going to harp on what I have or haven’t done, because that’s not the point.

I am going to rest. I am going to do things for me. That includes reading and listening to podcasts just for the fun of it. If my wrist cooperates, that means making a “dragon belly” shawl and some dragon-scale fingerless gloves. Or starting them, anyway.

It means slowing down and taking my own advice.

 

Podcast Recommendation

I took the weekend off for Thanksgiving. Now I’m back!

I’ve been on a podcast kick recently. Specifically, I’ve looked for new-to-me podcasts that relate to creativity.

I found one. Well, more than one, but today we’re just talking about one.

Your Creative Push

The most recent episode is an interview with magician Adam Wilber. He talks about creativity and how he says it saves his life.

Check it out!

A Couple Videos

I always watch videos and read articles about what other people have to say about creativity. I used to share them, but I haven’t done that in a while. I need to bring that back.

In this video, Sean Cannell interviews Claire Marshall about creativity tips in making videos/creating content. The video is a couple years old, but the tips are still relevant.

This video is a recording of a podcast.  It’s from a week ago and talks about demystifying creativity.

I’ll keep reading and watching for more things to share with you. In the meantime, feel free to share any resources you find as well.

Video: Working with a Creativity Coach vs. Self-Coaching

A couple years ago, I did a presentation to the Ada Writers, a local wrters’ group, on the benefits of working with a creativity coach versus self-coaching. I actually remembered to record it, so it’s on YouTube. I decided to share it with you today for a couple reasons because it’s still relevant.

This is, in part, a test. I shared a post with a podcast episode embedded to see how it would do. I’m wondering if I will have similar results with a video or if it will do better or worse.

Happy creating.

Season 2 of Wandering on the Creative Path is Here!

I decided to open season 2 of the Wandering on the Creative Path podcast talking about Journal Your Way to Creativity.

How’s that for some blatant self-promotion?

You can hear it here:

Let me know what you think about it.

While you’re at it, also please answer something else for me: Do you like audio/video embedded in the blog posts or should I just keep it to straight text with supplemental images?

Front cover of the book, Journal Your Way to Creativity, by Jen Nipps

Print: $6.99
Kindle: $3.99

Happy creating!