Is it New Year’s Eve already? Where did 2014 disappear to? While the year appears to have flown by, so much has happened in 2014, a little too much.
When not sculpting I run my own full-time tutoring business over at Leah4sci.com
I had set some pretty lofty goals for 2014 and am happy to say that I reached my business goals
But they came at a cost!
I’m a workaholic.
I never saw this as a problem.
I knew what I wanted to do, knew how it was going to get done, and then I did everything I had to do to reach my goal.
I worked the usual 9-5, then worked nights, weekends… anytime I found myself with free time I found myself working!
And when I wasn’t working I was thinking of work
And the best (worst?) part is that I loved it all
Till I started feeling the symptoms.
Lethargy, and a sore throat that wouldn’t go away. For weeks and weeks.
After numerous visits to different medical specialists we discovered that I had some vitamin deficiencies along with vocal cord damage due to severe acid reflux.
(did I mention my work involves lots of speaking?)
How did this happen?
Simple, I WORKED TOO MUCH!
So much so that I neglected my health and personal well being.
I forgot how to relax and have non-work fun.
I found myself living 100% in the non-fantasy grown up world
And when I thought back to what I really enjoyed, it all came back to sculpting.
After all MagicByLeah.com is the place where fantasy and magic come to life in polymer clay.
But my clay lay abandoned for the better part of 2014
But not in 2015
Enter The 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge!
The 2015 polymer clay challenge is the brainchild of Katie from KatersAcres.com. It’s a personal challenge for sculptors to take upon themselves to complete at least one polymer clay project each week.
My gut reaction was ‘I can’t take on this challenge, I have to work‘. But then I thought, if I don’t take time to relax I won’t get better, and won’t be able to continue working.
And so, in an effort to force myself to relax I will take on this challenge.
Here are some of my aspirations for 2015
- Learn to sculpt more realistic people/fairies including proportions and anatomy
- Learn to sculpt more realistic animals to the point of portrait recognition
- Learn to sculpt realistic miniatures including food and household ‘props’ for my dolls
- Improve my skills for special techniques like millefiori, mokume gane and more
- And the big one Publish AT LEAST ONE WEEKLY polymer clay tutorial video to my YouTube channel
Weekly YouTube Tutorial Videos
Despite switching from teaching to sculpting mode, the teacher within me can’t help but to… teach!
I love to explain things. I love to break down a concept and show you how to do it.
Yes there are hundreds of tutorials on YouTube already, but I enjoy it so much, and like to think that I bring my unique twist to different projects.
In teaching a concept I feel that I will really understand it as I break it down to explain.
And it also gives me an excuse to create projects I may not want to, and explore techniques that I’d otherwise push aside
But I may skip some Weeks
The problem with most New Year’s resolutions is the inability to keep them.
If you commit to something and find yourself unable to keep it, you quit!
I know that no matter how strongly I commit right now, there WILL BE times when I am so busy with work that I simply cannot find the time to sculpt.
Especially as my students prepare for midterms and finals.
So I’m giving myself an out up front. I give myself permission to skip a few weeks here and there without feeling like I failed myself. I feel that THIS will give me the motivation to pick up where I left off soon as my schedule dies down again.
So, are you with me for 2015?
I will be sharing my weekly projects and in-progress photos as follows:
MagicByLeah email Newsletter – Get notifications right to your inbox when I have a new sculpture on the site, new video on YouTube, new project in the works and so much more (that I don’t share on the blog or social media)
YouTube – Weekly polymer clay tutorial videos
Instagram – work-in-progress photos
Facebook – work-in-progress photos
Pinterest – finished projects and more
Google+ – finished projects and more
What about you? What is your 2015 goal / New Year’s Resolution?
Let me know by leaving a comment below