Last week, I talked about 4 things you can do to when you hit creative burnout. I touched on it because I was personally feeling burned out. Between lettering, blogging, school, and work, I was practically designing or creating every moment of each day during the final months of this year. It was really wearing me down, so I decided to take a break. Over this past week, I did absolutely nothing. I’m now coming out of my mini sabbatical filled with sleeping in, family, friends, holiday parties, and no work. It has been super refreshing, and has given me time to look back and reflect on what has been an amazing year.
Reflecting on an Amazing Year
Exactly two years ago, I was merely dabbling in lettering. Three months later, I would start my Project 365, and create a lettering piece every single day for 365 days. That project would be the launchpad for my journey into lettering, and it concluded in early 2015. It would also prepare me for what would be an amazing 2015. Honestly, if you told me a year ago that any of these things would happen, I wouldn’t believe you. It’s really amazing to see how much amazing things that happened this year, that I was only able to appreciate after taking a break and reflecting. So, here are the fifteen things that have happened in 2015 that I’m very grateful for:
- Completed my Project 365
- Got accepted into the competitive graphic design program at my school
- Started my weekly blog posts and newsletter
- Wrote over 40,000 words in blog content
- Secured a graphic design internship
- Got my work featured in several Instagram lettering curators
- Surpassed 3000 Instagram followers
- Got my Hanford Snapchat geofilter published
- Was interviewed by the LA Times
- Got a front page article in the Hanford Sentinel
- Finished my first semester in the upper division graphic design program
- Attended my first local design conference
- Attended my first meetup with people I’ve only known online
- Completely revamped my website
- Created my hand-lettering quick start guide
I say this not to brag, but as way way to take a moment to reflect and be grateful. As artists, designers, and content creators, we’re constantly in creation and production mode. Sometimes it gets to an unhealthy level. We continue to push out content, see the results, and repeat. We’re constantly looking for growth, and anything less seems like a failure. A production mindset is what’s necessary to grow and produce meaningful content, but it can lead to a mindset of always reaching for the next thing. It’s important to take a reflective mindset at times. It’s important to take that step back and see what you’ve accomplished, and to be grateful for where you’ve come from.
Again, this is just me taking a moment to do some deep reflection on what I’ve accomplished. I have a hard time stopping my creation, let alone celebrating my accomplishments. If you have a similar struggle of taking a step back and looking at how far you’ve come, I encourage you to take the moment now as the year wraps up to do so. It really puts things into perspective and puts a positive creative energy back into your work.
Also, I’m extremely grateful that you’ve decided to give me your attention and hear out my thoughts. I’m so thankful that you’ve decided to read and subscribe to this newsletter in its very early stages. I appreciate you coming along for the journey, and I look forward to what 2016 holds and to provide value to you with things I’ve learned through my stories and experiences—Thanks again! :)
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