Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Did you check out today’s Art Marketing Action newsletter? I understand that you might not have had time yet to write down all of your accomplishments for 2006, but I hope you don’t skip the process. Give yourself credit for all you have done. And, while you’re at it, decide how you will celebrate. What’s it going to be?
A day skiing?
A manicure/pedicure/massage?
A glass of champagne?
A lovely dinner?
A night at the movies?
A long, hot bath?

A new tube of paint or ceramic glaze?
A class you’ve been wanting to take?
A day at the museum?
Gallery hopping?
A road trip to see a special exhibit?

How will you celebrate all that you’ve accomplished?

Image: Ellen Soffer, Green Memory, Pink Echo. Acrylic on hardboard, 24 x 24 inches. (c) The Artist.

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10 comments to Celebrate Your Accomplishments

  • Oh Alyson, thank you for making me take the time to remember what I’ve accomplished and not what’s left to do! I feel so behind right now you can’t believe it! At first I just groaned at the thought of going through the list. (I’ve learned from you that you don’t skip over the goals, planning, remembering, etc.,so I knew I’d better do it!) Well, I am just amazed that I actually could answer every question with something good except for having a new hobby! I really didn’t think I had accomplished that much this year! You are the best at keeping me focused. Thank you!

  • Tammy Vitale

    ooohhh – these are great (and yes I read the newsletter which is what brought me here). I agree – there’s no better way to hug your inner artist than to show her what’s she’s done this year and that it’s all worth celebrating!

  • Alyson: I just love your newsletter and although I am not an artist I get so much out of it. I love the idea of celebrating what we have accomplished for the year. I call this “The Year in Review” and have all my clients do it. This is such a powerful exercise as many of us don’t remember or give ourselves credit for all that we have accomplished. Recently I was in a workshop where we were asked to write down our accomplished for the year. I just sat there thinking, “I haven’t done anything.” Thank goodness a friend was there and reminded me that I launched my own radio show, syndicated it, grew my business… I just couldn’t think about what I had accomplished. However I bet had I been asked what I hadn’t accomplished I could have made a pretty long list! So thanks again for reminding us about how important it is to celebrate and give ourselves credit for what we have done. Rachelle

  • Thank you Alyson for stopping me in my busyness this time of year to take time to evaluate what I have accomplished this year. I hadn’t taken the time to realize that I have done much more than I thought. I haven’t ever treated myself for reaching most of my goals…and I plan to do so this week. Having goals and a plan and then following up on them have been the key to such a great year.

  • Alyson! Yes I read your newsletter and Yes I will post. I’ll brag on myself. I was on HGTV’s “That’s Clever!” in October. I am also teaching mosaic art in a studio in a very artsy section of our city! I was in the newspaper several times! I was in two different books. YIPEE! Sorry to brag but YIPEE! You gotta make it happen!! Thanks for your newsletter Alyson it really helps me stay focused. Merry Christmas- Laura.

  • Hi Alyson! This is a great topic as we approach the New Year. As I look at the list of posing accomplishments I feel great when I see that I was very productive. I may not have done everything I wanted, but I’m proud of myself. One of my best accomplishments was my inclusion in a new book about hand felting. “Hand Felted Jewelry and Beads; 25 Artful Designs”, by Carol Huber Cypher. The artist contacted me to have one of my pieces appear in her gallery section. I am still thrilled!!

  • Alyson, Thanks for the reminder to celebrate our accomplishments. At this time of year, we are often looking at the negative…I didn’t accomplish this goal, or I fell short on another. But yes, I have succeeded on lots of things. One of the biggies was getting one of my paintings used as a book cover and I’ve even started a blog on my website. I still have lots of room for improvement, but like the old saying, “I’ve come a long way, Baby!” Many thanks to you for your classes and newsletter.

  • Yes, a very good idea. Beginning in the summer, I took more deliberate steps toward a career in art. Right now, it can’t be more than a part time job – if that, but in looking back, I am really surprised with what was accomplished in my spare time. I am inspired to do more and try more things, as everything I tried met me with positive feedback and success. If I work harder next year, I may be able to take that step into doing art full time. (ditching the day job – what a blessing that would be!) Thank you for helping us enjoy what has been done this year! It sure feels good.

  • While under the personal reasons to celebrate the year you listed “How did you strengthen your personal relationships?”, I feel you should have also listed “How many new friends did you make?”. I usually pick up at least one new friend whenever I do a show and I feel very fortunate in being able to do this. Friends are a blessing and the more we have, the more reason to celebrate.

  • What a great exercise! This is the first time I ever sat down to list my yearly accomplishments. I felt so good about them I posted them on my blog. In a week or so I’m going to list my goals and intentions for 2007. Thank you Alyson!