Looking Behind, Planning Ahead

Today marks the end of the solar year, and we’re in the lead-up to the end of the calendar year. It’s a good time for reflection on the year gone past, and doing some thinking about the year next to come. And this is just as relevant for our hobby interests as anything else in our lives! On this darkest day of the year (in northern climes), I’d love a little cheering up or food for thought by hearing about your hobby year.

What moments stand out to you from the past year? Did you experience revelations of learning? Did you find tools, processes, or techniques that helped you out? What did you make? What treasures did you add to your collection?

What are some of the less positive moments of your hobby life over the past year? And most importantly, are there lessons you can draw on from those to work on a plan to improve your hobby life next year? Resolutions are nice pithy proclamations, but I think it’s probably more helpful to reflect on your experiences and work to create more of a plan of action for how you might accomplish more of your hobby goals and avoid more of your hobby pitfalls in the year to come.

3 thoughts on “Looking Behind, Planning Ahead”

  1. Last year I decided to move from a numerical painting target to an activity one – i.e. paint as often as possible. This has upped my productivity from last year by about 30% so I’m going to keep going with that in 2019.
    Hobby or not, the important thing with any resolution is to have in mind some actions to help you achieve it, and/or make a choice to stop doing other things in order to make time for your priority.


    1. That sounds like an effective shift of emphasis! I think it’s also a good idea because it means you’re just as successful at your goal if you work for a long time on a single contest or gift miniature as if you are painting with high output!

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