Hello World. After a rather extended break, I have returned. I’ve struggled with exactly how to start back up again online, and I’ve decided to keep true to one of my life mottos and just start. But that isn’t to say I am just going to wing it, which I must admit was my previous (unsuccessful) approach with blogging. I’ve really sat down over the last year, and started to sort out what directions I want to go in artistically, and now it’s time to start obtaining those goals. I’ve started now by making a simple blog schedule, and weekly social media goals. Since I work full time now, I have a more regular work schedule, which should be able to translate into a more regular online schedule (it WILL, it MUST!). But blogging on a regular basis is only one slice of my 2016 resolution pie..
Last year, my New Years resolution was to start a more professional website for my art. I can’t say that I failed at that endeavour.. since I did create a more professional website, however I never actually finished it, and I never updated it. Crap. Going back to it, I’m actually still really happy with what I’ve started with and think that I can work with it without major overhaul. In fact, I even looked through WordPress themes expecting to update this old blog, but was surprised to see that I still love this theme the most (book lite if anyone is curious). So I’m deciding not to update my core themes, but I do have plans to update photos, bios, and other pages. I know where I fucked up my resolution last year, which was a lack of organization, and a lack of specific goals.
This year, my mantra is “Finish Shit”. I have a lot of idea debt (I have to admit that I just read about this concept, I think it’s a fantastic way of looking at it and highly recommend reading Jessica Abel’s post about it here), multiple projects that I’ve literally been working on for years. But since I’ve still invested a lot of time and money into these projects, I’m not willing to let go of them, but am instead trying to be excited at the prospect of FINISHING them.
Overall, 2015 was really.. strange. It was a year of firsts, and exciting plans. It was my first year working full time. It was the first time that I’ve had my art and comics published outside of self-publishing. I started planning our wedding, and my partner graduated from post-secondary. But with all the hustle and bustle, depression started to consume us. While it is great to not worry about having money to buy groceries, suddenly there was no time to shop for them. While I have fantastic opportunities to get my work published, suddenly I have no ambition or energy to create. It became easy to simply sleep, work and occasionally eat. But, it’s time to be real about our depression, how it affects us, and how we can work to overcome it.
So, I know what you are thinking, this all sounds like a lot of ambitious goals, a lot of big lofty goals that are going to be really hard (I mean, who casually drops overcoming depression as a New Years Resolution along side scheduled blogging, meal planning, and basically an entire life overhaul, but I suppose my logic is that by improving certain areas of my life, I will be less affected by depression.). But I have a plan. Actually, I have A LOT of plans. But I’m going to start talking about those more in my future posts. Originally, I was planning on making this post include more about the specifics, but it was holding me back on writing this.. because to be honest, I haven’t worked out the details on some of them, and I’ve actually already realized that I need to re-work my plan for my blog. But, this is a good thing! I have to accept that I won’t get all my life goals sorted out perfectly into schedules and lists before starting to follow them.. I need to start small and work up, find out what works and doesn’t work for me.
All that being said, one of the biggest things that I think anyone can do for themselves if they are suffering from depression: Get out of your house and go for a walk. All of the pictures I’m sharing have been taken over the past few weeks while on walks in the forest with my fiance and life partner, Hrafn. No matter the weather, it has always been worth it.