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Goals and Inspiration for the New Year

Today I'm joining in on another round of The Circle Linkup, which I also get to co-host next month, so mark your calendars for Feb 17th! This month we're sharing inspiration moodboards for 2016. You guys, this was such a blast to put together! 

This year I plan to really walk in my purpose, which I believe is in creativity, so for this moodboard I did most of my "research" on Pinterest, because there is a plethora of inspiration there for creatives (as if you didn't already know, right?).

Here's what I came up with:


And now let me break it down:

  1. Being on the Creative Team for Illustrated Faith has been an absolutely incredible experience. What God is doing through IF is amazing, and I can't wait to see what more He has in store for the women on the team with me, for the women behind the scenes who are making it all happen, and for the women (and men and children!) being impacted by this movement. Worshipping through the making of pretty things -- what more inspiration do I need than this, really?
  2. I'm really fascinated/intimidated by/in awe of brush-lettering, and have tried and failed miserably to learn it on my own. I found Random Olive on Instagram though, and she offers this brilliant brush-lettering course. After months and months of putting it off, I finally purchased the course as a gift/challenge to myself for the new year, and can't wait to get started. 
  3. I want a cat. It's a slight obsession my husband and I share, and we hope to be able to get another kitty someday (soon). For now, Pinterest kitties will have to do.
  4. I just want to create. I want to paint or doodle or letter or journal or write every day. So far this year I'm doing well with creating every day, and I hope to keep it up! Only 11 months to go!
  5. I've been a member of The Influence Network for some time, but have only been able to take about half of the classes available to me. My goal for 2016 is to take at least one class every month. 
  6. I desperately need to organize my workspace, our kitchen, and our bathroom. And probably the living room. Oh, and the boys' rooms. And I guess our bedroom, too. Small-apartment-living is quaint and definitely has upsides, but there are four of us (plus a fish!) sharing this space, and it's starting to feel a little cluttered and cramped.
  7. Not only do I want to create every day, but I want to pull my 7 year-old son into the creative abyss with me. (This is a good and pleasant abyss -- no need to be worried.) He's joined me in a doodling challenge for the month of January, and so far it's gone well. There've been some whines and complaints, but so far no gnashing of teeth. Next month we may forego the doodles though, and move on to some more hands-on DIY stuff
  8. Speaking of DIY, I want to try some more of that in general. There are some ideas I have -- little seedlings of ideas -- and I want to give them a go. Plus, look at that beautiful teacup.
  9. Okay, now this one is probably going to be the most difficult, but quite possibly one of the most rewarding goals I have for the year. I want to send more letters and postcards. I have a penpal (if I can even call her that anymore) who's been waiting on me to write to her for... umm... I don't know. I can't keep track of time. (Sorry to you if you're reading this, my dear pal!) So I plan to get my act together in this area. Maybe pretty pictures and examples will help. 
  10. And finally, to help with inspiration for plans 4, 7, and 9 (and all of my creative pursuits), I am really excited to be on the Creative Team for The Ink Road! Lara has the cutest art/craft/scrapbook/journaling/etc. supplies in her shop, and I can't wait to start digging in to some Ink Road goodies! (And don't forget that you can get 10% off of your The Ink Road orders when you use code TAWNI10 !)

So how about you? What are some of your goals for 2016 and what is inspiring you to get started? ⤵︎

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