Happy 2015!


Ok so I know we're already about a month in but I feel it's not to late to wish everyone a Happy New Year.  Now since it is almost the end of January I have had lots of thinking time to reflect on things that I did and did not accomplish in 2014. I have also had tome to think about what things need to get done this year, and how I can continue to grow as a surface pattern designer. 

While I have always been in the Graphic Design world the world of Surface Pattern Design was something completely new for me. In the beginning of 2014 I had no clue that this was the path I was going to take. All I knew was that I wanted to create beautiful things and show it to the world. So I started 2014 with the idea that I was going to put myself out there as much as possible. I had the idea that I just wanted to promote me and get my name out there and build a brand to show the world. I really didn't have much direction. 

After spending countless hours on the web searching for ways to put myself out there I came across a competition for a scholarship for the Make it in Design School with only 2 days left until the deadline. So I immediately entered with some previous work I had previously created, and I lost which was a bummer because I had such high hopes even though I entered last minute. Even though I lost I decided to still take at least one of the classes because that was all I could afford. This turned out to be one of the best decisions I made last year. Taking that step opened up so many doors for me and has brought forth a passion that was buried deep inside that I didn't even realize existed. 

One main thing I really took away from Module 3 was a new way of setting and achieving my goals. During the course I set my 5 year plan according to the way that Rachel suggested. I'm excited to say that I was able to reach each one of my goals in less than a year. I really hadn't thought about it because I hadn't looked at the paper that I wrote my goals on at all during the remainder of the year. But it seems as if they were embedded in my mind.   

Now because I was already halfway through the year I wanted to make sure my goals were realistic and attainable. A few of the things I was able to accomplish was creating a website and blog, creating a portfolio with at least 30 pieces, having my work available for purchase and winning a design competition. With winning the design competition came my first licensing contract with Shibumi Homes which was only my list of goals to accomplish in 2015. So I'm ahead already and on track to reach my 2015 goals. 

So I went digging for my list of goals I already created for 2015 and I decided to share a few here so here goes:

1. Find agent representation

2. Sucre 5 licensing deals (1 down 4 to go)

3. Participate in a Trade Show

4. Design own product line

5. Be featured on a Design Blog

Now these are the main ones I wrote down last year, and while nothing has changed with these goals I do have more of an idea of where I am headed with my design career.  So I want to encourage you guys to take time and write you goals down and create a vision in your mind of where you want to be and what you want to do in your life. And just start picking away at it and just have faith in yourself!