At the beginning of 2016, I chose a word that I wanted to reflect/guide me throughout the year. I chose evolve and to say I evolved this year would be quite the understatement. I’ve grown SO MUCH this past year in all aspects of my life, in my job, blog, hobbies, and adulthood.
I like to think that the New Years resolution I chose helped play a hand in my growth, I kept my resolution simple but also a challenge by wanting to channel my creativity more often. Little did I know how much that would become a major aspect of my life and how I spent my free time. It all started in January when I was torn between trying out calligraphy or painting. I wanted to give calligraphy a shot because I thought I would be relatively good at it since I have fairly nice handwriting in general (side note I had really really REALLY bad hand writing in sixth grade so I spent hours and hours working on it by writing multiple lists until I had beautiful hand writing. I wanted to do painting after doing about 10 paint and sip classes. I often ended up pleased with my results but I was torn because of an experience in my high school art class where we were just told to paint a still life (with NO experience painting mind you) and my teacher told me my work sucked. Well look at me now Mr. Hevel!!! Ha sorry I couldn’t help myself. But I went into Michael’s one Friday after work for calligraphy supplies to start on the weekend and oops I walked out with a TON of painting supplies…. So I guess painting was calling to me. Next thing I knew I was painting every day after work and shortly found my niche in abstract painting. When Sean and I moved out into our apartment in May I brought over 28 canvases and still had some at my parents…. yeah I have painted a shit load this year.
In February I rebranded/redesigned to Allie Explores and I have to say I think that was one of the best decisions I ever made, although I may or may not be redesigning next year because my brand has sort of naturally narrowed itself. Don’t worry! I’ll still be Allie Explores but the design of my blog will be going in a different direction, a logo might be in the works and I can’t wait to reveal that to you later.
Then the next major thing in 2016 was in May: Sean and I moved into our first place together. Man starting to feel like real adults now, not only do we pay all our own bills and moved into our first apartment, but now we have a puppy together. Let’s just say that we really grew into being adults this year. Unfortunately that meant having to deal with some unfortunate events but hey that’s what being an adult is right? Being able to adapt to life’s curve balls and still come out on top? It was during this time when I realized how many canvases I had but wanted to continue painting that I decided to launch “Allie Crafts Art” in July as a fun way to continue to support my painting hobby. Or basically so that way my apartment won’t become an art gallery although I still have a ton of canvases in my place and I’ve found a lot of art I want to buy recently soooo it might just become a gallery cause I might just have an art collecting problem next year.
Shortly after launching Allie Crafts Art in July, I participated in my first art show in August called Pancakes and Booze. Fun fact for you, I’ll be at it again in January!!! I sold one print at the show, which I was happy with because I went into it thinking I would be happy with selling one thing in general, that would be success for me since I was just starting out. Now that I have done a show and saw how everyone else had their set up I’m excited to do my second show in January. Let’s just say that I will be approaching my set up differently.
So far I have sold six items this year and I would take that as a success because I only started painting this year and to be honest I haven’t really taken it seriously in terms of promoting my shop. Also right now painting is just a hobby for me and obviously I would like to be able to sell more pieces but I’m just doing this for me and that’s what has made it so great. Because I’m doing painting just for me and for fun, it has enabled me to be fearless in trying new artsy things. I dove head first into painting with no idea what I was doing and came out with some great pieces and a new hobby I’m passionate about. Because of that I decided to try out pottery with my mom, which is something I’ve wanted to try for as long as I can remember.
Evolve was a word I was really excited to pick for 2016 this time last year and I have to say it was a pretty accurate description for 2016 besides bizarre to explain everything that happened this year in general…. regardless I’m really happy with how much I achieved/grew this year, it can only lead to an exciting 2017. I have really exciting ideas/plans for 2017 so far and who knows something else can happen midway through that I wouldn’t have known was in the books. I will be sharing my word for 2017 on Friday, I was stuck between two but I think I have it narrowed down. Well I did until now… now I have myself leaning between two options again…sigh. Anyways I would love to know what word you picked for 2016 and how it played out this year in the comments below!
P.S if you made it to the bottom of the post here’s a little treat, here’s a photo of me holding my first and last painting of 2016. I can’t believe the difference!
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