29 Things I Learned This Past Year

Self discoveries and realizations that have transformed me to become a better artist, designer, and person.

I turned 29 this past Tuesday, and as unoriginal as it is, I wanted to share 29 things that I have learned this past year.
Actually, my first idea was to write a post that was 29 words long, but I wanted to give you something a little more valuable. So, here’s a list of things varying from life to career that I thought were interesting enough to share with you:

  1. Your passion should be something you love doing and people are asking you to do more of.
  2. It is possible to find work you enjoy so much that it feels like play.
  3. Creating a new piece every day for month is really challenging, but worth the experience.
  4. Spend some time each day practicing and honing your skills.
  5. Attend workshops to better and broaden your skills.
  6. The iPad Pro is an amazing tool to create digital work that would normally be analog.
  7. Audiobooks are fantastic for those who aren’t big into reading.
  8. Running is a great way to pass time while you’re listening to audiobooks.
  9. Running is addicting.
  10. Artists and designers need to find some sort of regular physical activity.
  11. Without a proper amount of sleep each night, you won’t make good decisions the next day.
  12. Family time is special and should be free from work.
  13. Write down your goals and review them regularly.
  14. Make a daily checklist and always have it in view.
  15. At the end of each day, write up a summary of what you accomplished.
  16. Record everything, don’t rely on your memory.
  17. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things.
  18. Try to become the same person no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
  19. Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
  20. You will find people who are interested in what you do as long as you continue to share it.
  21. Form or find a group of like-minded creatives who you can build a supportive community with.
  22. If you don’t want to keep the things you’re making, you’re probably not passionate about what you’re doing.
  23. Stop spending your money on things that are unfulfilling.
  24. Invest in your life, not just your career.
  25. You can’t wait for motivation to find you, just start working and build momentum.
  26. If you don’t feel comfortable telling people what to do, stop.
  27. Don’t waste so much time trying to learn how to do it perfectly the first time.
  28. No one can tell you how to do things the way that will work best for you, you just have to find it out for yourself.
  29. Your passion isn’t going to be enjoyable all of the time, but should always be fulfilling.

If you would like to discuss any of these points in detail, let me know!

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