GentleSoul Arts

Living a Creative Life

Farewell 2018

I’ve tried to look back at this past year and see what I’ve accomplished.  Nothing really stands out.  I started playing ukulele then quit when I cut my thumb and couldn’t strum without pain.  I have sketched more, and completed 1 sketchbook, maybe 2.    I cut back on the postcards I’ve sent through Postcrossing, but I did geocache more than previous years.

But my habits are very consistent…  constantly check Instagram, constantly check Facebook, started checking Twitter again.

I’ve decided my mantra for 2019 will be More Sketchbook Less Social Media.   Instead of setting my phone on my desk, I’ll set my sketchbook out and doodle when I need a break from spreadsheets.

I’m also going to buy fewer books and read the ones I have purchased.  Kindle First, BookBub and the selection of books for less than $5.00 on my e-readers has provided me with plenty of reading material.   I completed my Goodreads book challenge goal for 2018 (First time ever!), so there’s another accomplishment for the list, but as of today I have 627 books in my “to read” shelf.

Back to the ukulele, it’s easier to catch up to where I was but my skill level is still pretty raw.  I fell into the same madness as I did with sketching… if I can’t do it perfectly the first time, I don’t want to try.   I saw a video on holding the uke in a specific way, and it’s uncomfortable for me.  If I can’t hold it ‘the right way’, there’s no point to playing it.  I may going back up with the ukulele jam group here. Maybe.

Art, Books, Music.  That’s my focus for the New Year.


Author: gentlesoularts

Art & Corgis. Introvert. ISFP. Sketcher. Bike Rider. Ukulele. Dilettante. I'd rather be outside. Embrace the weird. Life is better with tiki drinks.

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