This year, I want to explore more, share more, and make more mistakes.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not about being reckless. It’s about putting more of myself and my work out there, to share my progress, to get constructive feedback, and to not be worried about people’s opinions of me.
I want to learn how to separate myself from my work. Creating one piece of bad work doesn’t mean I’m incompetent. It just means that I’m a person who’s brave enough to explore outside of her comfort zone, brave enough to share her progress with the world.
On January 1st, I took this Udemy course and have been drawing every day ever since.
I want to be less judgmental to myself and to others, as well. This one will be hard, because I went to a Catholic school for 14 years where grades are the most important thing in life. I can say that I’ve been spending the last 6 years of my life unlearning this belief and learning to believe that there is no single answer to a question. You can learn from anyone, regardless of their IQ.
I want to share my progress with the world. Once I understood that it’s not possible to be perfect and to create perfect work, there is no reason to not share my work. In real life, you don’t have to have that A+ or a 100. There’s no one that will grade your work. You only have to be better than your yesterday self.
On January 11th, I finally got to speak in front of 20+ people at a WordPress meetup.
Unlike last year, this year I’ll just choose the overarching theme, ‘making more mistakes’. It will be my mantra, my guide, whenever I doubt myself, or when I have to make a decision.