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Dedication to a New Year

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 4:39 PM





        

        










Nuances of an Annual Ritual
















Which brings us to each year’s communal celebration of the passing of our lifetimes:

New Year’s Eve



So what did you “actually get done” in the past year? How closer are you to a grand goal in life? An assessment is made and then the inevitable Step 2 of the yearly process is engaged, which is often a word for word repeat of last year’s Step 2:

The New Year’s Resolution











There seem to be two main strategies that emerge at this point of facing the New Year, a “brand new morning.”  The lone wolf quietly acknowledges goals not yet reached, and is even more secretive in the “new plan.”  “I’ll show them,” becomes the new private mantra.  It works for some people, but my experience has been that I’m splurging on Star Wars memorabilia by Valentine’s Day.


I’ve found that rather than making secret contracts with myself, a much higher success rate is always achieved as a combination of two other elements.












Pablo Picasso













To a truly worthy vision, maybe even one that cannot be achieved in a year, but in a lifetime, is just the sort of quest that engages the starving soul so much more than the common shaving a few digits off of the weight scale. (I personally implemented the "no cookie left behind" program this holiday season so I might want to think about that one too.) But the truth is, New Year’s comes but once a year. It would seem better to me to go big or not at all. Pick projects of real importance in your life – ones that require the more personal attention and dedication to the better.




Should not be a dirty word in the strategies of personal achievement. It has been my experience that the more genuinely useful support I’ve received from the like-minded (as well as the merely curious) has always gone a long way to keeping my Big Picture from faltering. When the potholes in the road forward begin to resemble archeological digs, as it seems they usually do, there’s nothing more heartening in being able to take it all in stride than a word of admiration, advice or encouragement from a fellow dA community member.











In his book "Outliers" Malcolm Gladwell outlines the 10,000-Hour Rule, the thought being that spending ten thousand hours practicing a particular discipline is necessary for mastery of that skill. He also brings up the importance of support in the from family, friends, and mentors in the ultimates success of an individual. No one achieves the highest summit's of success alone. No one. Even the most unique vision requires the nurture of human camaraderie if it is to be developed to it's fullest potential and efficacy.








I find myself thinking about recent achievements as well as a grand vision currently in formation here at deviantART, and how much the atmosphere of this community – how much dedication to art and artists, and how much they are supported and support each other – and I can’t wait to see where life will take all of us in this new year.  A tough statement to put out there, considering the unbearable horrors that have recently rained down in our world from weather catastrophes, classroom atrocities, civil wars and the violence related to a radically altered political landscape around the world.  But it’s true.  I am still hopeful.  I am still ready to rededicate my dreams on New Year’s Eve. I’m not sure I’d be making that statement were I not now ensconced and engaged in the deviantART community.  But as Kurt Vonnegut used to say, “So it goes.”





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Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?




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Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?




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What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?




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What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?




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Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?




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Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?




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More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?









New Year's resolutions are often secret and private -- a contract made with yourself. But what if you could increase the chance of your resolution becoming a success by incorporating a combination of two other important elements: discipline and success.
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PurpleHope Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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SpyderZT Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
1. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?

No. Because I think that self work should be a constant effort, and giving yourself the "Crutch" of "I'll get to it next year", or "This Time..." etc. seems to do more harm than good. I am this year trying to do a 365 Day Challenge... but I don't consider that a "Resolution" just a well timed project. You may have your own interpretations. ;P


2. Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?

Neither. A Goal Accomplished is a goal accomplished. If you succeeded, kudos. If you needed/wanted help for it, then that's what it took, and congrats on that realization. ;P


3. What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?

I'm sure I had some whoppers when I was younger... but I don't recall any of them.


4. What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?

I am on a constant path towards better/more frequent creative expression.


5. Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?

I think it depends on the cause. If you are trying to improve something, it's almost always good to keep trying to improve. With a re-dedication though should also come a reevaluation to see if your current methods are likely to succeed where they have not in the past, and to improve upon them if they aren't.


6. Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?

Unfortunately, I haven't "Succeeded" in bringing my art to the next level. But I am now trying a "Do it regardless of whether you 'Feel It' Approach". We'll see if this is successful.


7. More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?

I am one of those. All I can say is that if you truly want something, there will not alway be time for it. Period. That's the way of life. You've created a system for your life that works for your currently existing elements. To add something to that structure will take work, and change, and it won't necessarily be easy. It may even require giving something else up. It is up to you to decide how much you "Want" this, and make changes accordingly.
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beePear Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
1. I do. I don't always remember what they are, and I usually have a hard time coming up with things. All the same I think about things I want to accomplish, and for a couple of years I've been posting them on my blogs.

2. Definitely not. When people are there to support you, they're also there to celebrate the success! Plus, it's so much easier to let things slide when you don't have people checking in on you. A friend showed me this really awesome site: SupperBetter, that helps you track your goals and recruit friends. Granted it's like any other tool, it only works when you utilize it.

3. Honestly I don't remember.

4. Posting on a regular schedule. I'm getting better, but it still needs work.

5. Yes, it does help to rededicate oneself. You refresh in your mind what it was you wanted to do, and why you wanted to do it, which can help bring back the momentum. Particularly, look into the why and see if anything about this cause/goal has changed and what you would like to change about it. For example: drawing in charcoal everyday, maybe you've learned you don't really like charcoal and after discovered ink you find you really love ink. The goal could change to drawing in ink everyday. Or maybe drawing in a different medium everyday to expand your horizons.

6. Drawing exercises. Swapping challenges with friends. Breathing exercises to calm me down from the fear of trying something new (I tend to be afraid of ruining something).

7. Dedicate some time to your art. Make it a priority. Look at the things you do everyday, is there something that you could cut out (like Facebook/tv)? Is there something you do that you can also include your art (like drawing while watching tv or at a restaurant with friends waiting for food)? If you have kids, set up an activity day where they can work on arts and crafts too. If you have a messy place and need to get that organized, try something like UFYH (this site is described as "Terrifying motivation for lazy people with messy homes" and has a lot of profanity, but is still super awesome with tips and stories from other people who have messy houses too). They use a 20/10 system (20 min work, 10 min break). Applied to art you could do 20 min art, 10 min of something else. Or if you really feel the cleaning is higher on the priority, 20 min cleaning, 10 min of art....
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geek4life14 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
my answers to the questions! :) [link]
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LivelovelifeEleni Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this IS YOUR YEAR YOU GUYS
BE MOTIVATED, HAPPY AND INSIRED<3

GO GO GO! <3
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Doertchen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I think your comment should me my resolution, haha! :love:
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Argolith Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I never make New Year’s resolutions. The reason for this is that there's nothing special about New Year’s Eve. People who think about their goals in life only once a year are bound to fail, because real improvement requires constant effort. I prefer to have my goals in mind all the time.
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Sayuri14 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Writer
1. No, I don't make New Year's resolutions. Why? Well, the journal explains it better. I rather take one or three tasks and concentrate on them, rather than a list of things I know I won't be able to accomplish. I'm not a multi-task person. I do one thing at a time, but whatever that "thing" is, I do my best. I know my limits, and I know you always have to go beyond them, but I'm not going to pretend something I'm not.

2. Well, I've always paved my own path. If I fail, I want to fail by my own mistakes, rather than succeeding by the favor of others. This doesn't mean I don't take advice or accept help from my friends; I do listen to those dear to me. What I'm saying is that, in a world in which most people like to take the easy road, I want to walk that path of which most are afraid of.

3. Eeeh...well, when I was younger, I set the goal of achieving the highest score in every single class.

4. Losing weight.

5. It does help, you learn from your mistakes and it takes several "tries" to get to your goal.

6. Well, I focus one aspect at a time. I research and practice as much as I can. Having an organized schedule helps, but that depends on the person, since everyone has a unique working method suitable for them.

7. Sorry to say, but I don't have any advice, since I don't have multiple responsabilities :s Although, if I did had multiple responsabilites, I would finish the most demanding task first, and then move on with the creative work. The method I use for Uni is to finish all my reports/investigations/homework beforehand, and I use the free time before the due date to...well, write or relax :P
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M-G-Studio Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No disrespect to people that do those resolutions but I find that stupid. Life throws situations at you that teaches you more about yourself. How do you know what you must change at the beginning of the year when you haven't noticed some things about yourself? People should work on themselves all year long, catch themselves about to do something that they want changed and decide not to do it. There's a perfect quote that goes, "self control is knowing you can but deciding you won't"

The reason new year resolutions don't work for many people is because it feels like they are forced to do those things. The best way to achieve it is by creating a visualization board. Humans (especially guys) are visual creatures that get inspired by what they see. Cut out/print out images of things that inspire you to lose weight/eat healthy/make more art/etc. then you'll be inspired to do the things needed to get to the place you wish to be.

Stop making forced lists and start inspiring yourself. It's the only way to true motivation!
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RedPandaapple Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Happy New Year!
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RedPandaapple Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Happy New Year!
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aliendroid Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1.Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?
I do, but I try to make them something I can achieve. I know my limits.

2.Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?
I think it makes it more memorable.

3.What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?
I'd learn to breath underwater (I was 5).

4.What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?
Hmm, it use to be to get straight A's for a term, but I did that in high school, and then in college. Don't really have one now, because I don't set unrealistic goals for myself.

5.Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?
YES! Failure is there to learn from. So going back to the project/situation can never hurt!

6.Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?
Try, try, try, and keep trying. Ask for advice when stuck. Look up different ways to do something. And keep trying!

7.More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?
As a student I find I'm often busy with school work, and might not have time to draw/paint. So I do a project in parts. The initial sketch one day, the full outline the next, and also break coloring it up. This way I'm not taking away from school work, but I'm not ignoring my art. Plus, it is a good way to relax.
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SadisticCarnage Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist
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Geoxz Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy New Year!
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
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cuzzythewolf Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i dont know if i should click the mad tab or the sad tab
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Mohammad-GFX Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy New Year
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faerismoka Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May a prosperous New Year be bestowed upon everyone! :love:

Now to reflect. . .

1. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?
I used to, but I ended up putting the idea to the bin. I don't make them anymore because it seems hard to go back and fulfill them. I end up making them mid-year. :XD:

2. Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?
It usually depends on what's achieved. But most of the time, their help makes it more memorable. The only thing I focus on is that it was achieved, and that's that. :)

3. What’s the most far fetched resolution you've ever declared?
I don't know anymore. :XD:

4. What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?
To spend my birthday with my best friends. It's always been celebrated with my family.

5. Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?
Yes! In the end, you'll feel relieved you did it. As long as it is done in the end, every attempt will be worth it. :w00t:

6. Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?
Hmm. . .discipline in terms of art?
I promise myself to work in different mediums of art and I focus on only 1 piece of art at a time, so as not to get overwhelmed with responsibilities.

7. More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?
:painter: I suggest you do more commissioning, then. Commissions make you feel like the art is half an obligation and half something to look forward to doing. Once you are used to doing art commissions, you will be quicker in making art, thus balancing the time for both work and recreation.
:airborne: Also, don't force your brain to think! if you have jobs to do, do them first. once you're done with work, let yourself rest and drift to your imagination.
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Reicheru-Ketsueki Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
wow there's so much I want to accomplish!
i mainly want to finnish my fanime, fanfiction and become an awesom drawer!! ^,,^
happy new year!!!!
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YamiKageHiraki Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Writer
i dont make resolutions that are impossible, i just make 12 wishes with 12 grapes
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delarss Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aburriidoooo
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Axxaxxin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
My 2013 goals focuses mainly on my health and doing more to support LGBT rights and push for marriage equality. :)
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ochaonomu Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Yay! New year!
1. Yes, I do, but not really so much as resolutions for resolutions' sake, but more as a kind of time capsule for the next year, so I can see what I wanted a year ago and see how I've changed. So far, the goals haven't changed much over the years, but they're a bit different this year, as well as much easier.
2. I think the achievement of a goal is an achievement, no matter how it's done. If you can get your friends in on it to support you and stuff, that's fantastic, and yeah, probably will make it more special, because you not only have that goal when you're done, but you have the memories of your friends cheering you on, as well as the friendship you might've lost or neglected while achieving (or failing) your goal otherwise.
3. I think it's been to learn French. Or to become instantly cool (I've given up on that one entirely, instant or not).
4. Probably, again, to learn French. That, and exercise every day (sooo not happening).
5. I don't think one should give up, necessarily, but maybe break it up a bit more, or go a bit slower... but, eventually, if it's really that much of a lost cause or just not that important to you anymore, just drop it and find something else.
6. I don't think my art has really gone past this same level in years, but that's because I'm kind of afraid to try things that I might fail at, and that's how you do it. Just try new things, techniques, doing things you might not necessarily do, or be good at (especially do things you're not good at! Failing is the first step to being awesome at something), and you'll definitely improve, and do it area by area, like, you're not so good at anatomy, work on that, really push yourself to try different angles, types of bodies, musculature, et cetera, and then, when you think you've got that down, work on something else, like colouring, or shading, or whatever (I'm speaking in drawing terms because that's all I know). But yeah, you can't just stick with what you're already good at (for me, that's faces), or you'll never improve, you gotta go out there, and fail, fail HARD.
7. I think the best way to go is to do a little each day. I like those 30-day challenges myself, because you have one thing to draw (or whatever), with no guidelines or minimum, and you just do that for a month, and you get to flex your creative muscles consistently, once a day, so you don't fall out of practice or anything. Just little things, like that. Personally, I'm trying to keep a comic-journal, making one comic a day for the whole year, or more, because I was inspired by Ben Snakepit's "My Life in a Jugular Vein: Three More Years of Snakepit Comics", and I really want to get into making comics, but I didn't know where to start. I'm not saying it has to be a fancy comic, it can take under twenty minutes to pencil and ink it, and I'm done for the day. The trick is not to fall out of practicing, even for one day, because one day can turn into a whole string of days very quickly, especially when you're busy.
Yeah! Happy 2013, dA!
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ValiantPlayer Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Part of my resolution is being even more cruel to art thieves.
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Yoshi123pegasister Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
THANK YOU!!! 2013 WE ARE HERE!!!!
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ShadowNighthunter Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Prost Neu Jahr!
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tvlookplay Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
PARTY AT MY HOUSE! :beer:
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faeorain Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
1. No. I try to make set different goals and try to make improvements as I go along through the year.

2. I'm unsure. I don't think I've ever had a goal that included a combined effort, so I don't have any experience to say either way. But my guess is that I would feel happy about it, whether or I did it on my own, or had help from family and friends.

3. I can't remember. I used to make New Years resolutions when I was a teen...but now I don't remember any of them :)

4. Well, since I don't do the yearly resolution, I will say my goal that I haven't achieved yet would be to get a formal art education. I've been wanting that for years, but circumstances have prevented it. Right now, my focus needs to be on my son's college education. I have a feeling I will end up being one of the old folks you see strolling around the campus, earning my degree when I'm 70 :)

5. I guess it depends on the cause, and whether any benefit was afforded to that cause despite of the failure.

6. I think the lack of discipline is one of my problems. I tend to be a procrastinator. I wish I knew some methods to bring some discipline to my work habits. I'd probably get a lot more accomplished.

7. I'd be the last person to offer advice on this...in fact, I need some of it myself :)
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winnieart Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Happy new year !!!
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Arty-Buu-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy new year !!!
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LegendTellerArt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
New Years Resolution:

Do exceptionally better than last year!

Let's do this!
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Mondair08 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Happy New Years everyone/body!!! :)
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PanicRawr Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
happy new year everyone.
i used to have new year's resolutions, but i never actually.. haha.. yeah i suck. :noes:
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KW-Kirito Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
1. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?
- I don't, and the reason is simple: Why do you have to wait until New Year's to change? Why this need to postpone it until the next year? My resolution is NOW, not LATER.

2. Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?
- When you struggle, it's natural to ask for help, and if the end result is the same, it doesn't matter whether you have less of that feeling of accomplishing it all by yourself. If it makes the task easier, why not?

3. What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?
- Well, it's not a New Year's resolution, but I did want to gain weight, since I'm pretty underweight and thin for my age, but I can't help it. My metabolism is off the charts, so I can't really gain weight no matter how much I eat. :P

4. What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?
- Don't really have one.

5. Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?
- Both, in a way. Sometimes, repeated failure tells us that it just isn't possible or that it's not suitable for us, but other times, it is indeed possible; we've just been doing it the wrong way.

6. Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?
- I don't think have a 'discipline system', but I find that I'm more motivated to bring it to the next level by comparing it to artists I look up to - to be even better than them.

7. More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?
- Depending on which matters more to you. Some people have jobs that do incorporate creativity in it, so for them, that's pretty easy to balance. If you find yourself slipping in your responsibilities, then you should put creative endeavors aside for a while until you catch up, because it's secondary compared to your life. It's good to be passionate, but don't let it take over your life.
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XiggyXDemy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
1.
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?

A: Of course. I have always tried to make it through the year with it... But it doesn't work out the best. ^^" This year I'm dedicated though. I believe I'll make it.

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Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?


A:Absolutely more memorable. The fact that your friends believe in you enough to motivate you should be motivation within itself! It's wonderful when you can actually complete a resolution help or no help.

3.
What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?

A: Last year I tried to cut cold turkey from chewing my nails. Big joke that was. :icondragoncryingplz:

4.
What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?

A: Read the answer to three. ^

5.
Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?

A: Absolutely. Always get back on the horse that bucked you off.

6.
Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?

A: Don't give up. If you need to, go away and come back to it later. Everytime you stop a project in frustration, a puppy gets kicked into a lake.

7.
More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?

A: Take what you can handle. Know your abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Superman knows he's a man of steel, so he fights for good. BUT, he's also affected by kryptonite, so he avoids it. Everyone has to know their kryptonite to be truly successful. Knowing and owning up to your down sides makes one of you upsides: honesty to oneself.
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darkkairi Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Resolutions?
1) Draw more
2) Exercise and eat better
3) Get a better job

I could make the list longer but I'm keeping it short this year so I can hopefully stick to at least one ><;
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kagomegirl96 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Happy New Years All! :iconhappynewyearsplz:
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kagomegirl96 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Resolution: Achieve it all
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aldojose Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Happy New Year dA

This is my opinion about new year' resolutions
[link]
-P.D. Is in spanish, If somebody wants a traduction ask me ;)-
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joscardozo Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy New Year 2013

HERE ARE MY RESOLUTIONS.............
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Tailslovescream Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HAPPY NEW YEAR back to ya dA
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LiquidPhazon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Happy 2013 Deviantart. :)
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heatherdvdprincess Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait, does saying "Happy New Years!" Make that icon appear? I'm goign to try!!
Happy New Years!
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heatherdvdprincess Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here are some of my resolutions:
1. Never turn in my homework late
2. Write what we did in my classes in my daily planner
3. Keep my binder organized enough to pass a binder check with a 100
4. Take at least 5 pages of Cornell Notes each week in Math, Science, and History
5. Keep all of my grade averages at 90+
6. Study for 30 minutes every weekday
7. Work on my websites for an hour every other day
8. Practice for 10 minutes every weekday on my trombone
9. Get to be the best trombone player in my class
10. Get ZERO tardies
11. Always be on time to school
12. Never miss the bus
13. Read the scriptures for at least 15 minutes every Sunday, and 5 minutes every day besides Sunday
14. Never watch shows that take God’s name in vain or are rated PG 13 or above
15. Start a dream journal and write in it every morning that I have a dream
16. Write at least one question in my Question Journal every weekday
17. Finnish at least one Personal Progress value experience every other week
18. Work on Personal Progress value experiences for at least 20 minutes every Sunday
19. Start a “I am grateful for” journal and write something I am grateful for in it every day
20. Work on my “Take Your Time Hotel” on Roblox for at least 5 minutes every day that I play Roblox
21. Successfully take my medicine every day
22. Donate clothes that no longer fit me before December 1st, 2013
23. Participate in a food drive by donating at least 5 cans of food
24. Try to see the positive aspects of everything, even death
25. Come up with a likely story for why somebody may have done something mean every time somebody… does something mean
26. Repent every time I commit a sin
27. Sing at least one church song every night before I go to bed
28. Keep a pony tail on my travel brush at all times (unless the pony tail is in my hair)
29. Never talk back to people
30. Think twice before I say something that could potentially hurt somebody’s feelings
31. Drink at least 3 bottles of water a day
32. Read the entire Book of Mormon, and, while I do it, take notes in my Study Journal
33. Always have a sharpened pencil available in school
34. Have no absences in school
35. Learn the following about all my short-distance friends:
• Favourite color
• Favourite food
• Favourite pass-time
• 2 hobbies
• Favourite animal
• Last name
• Religion
• Favourite TV show
• Favourite movie
• Favourite sport
• 5 Pet peeves
• Pet(s)
• Allergies
36. Write in either my own journal or my online journal at least once a week
37. Perform at least one abnormal service a week for a family member (making breakfast, lunch, dinner, giving a massage, etc.)
38. Always keep my phone charged
39. Draw at least 4 new pictures per week
40. Post at least 16 new pictures onto DiviantART every month
41. Attend the Bob Cats club at least once a month
42. Keep track of how much money Mom owes me
43. Keep track of how much tithing I owe God
44. Pray every morning as well as every night
45. Use good judgment when choosing how many goodies I can eat
46. Read a “for-fun” book for at least 30 minutes every week
47. Create a key with commonly-used words and make it so that they have a deeper meaning
48. Brainstorm and work on “Come Back Toomey- A Book of Comebacks” for at least 30 minutes every week
49. Improve my handwriting so that it looks as neat as Mr. Dutton’s handwriting by working on it for at least 5 minutes every week
50. Eat a bowl of salad at least once a week
51. Replenish my pet snails’ water and food at least once every other week
52. Clean Zoe’s plate at the bottom of her cage at least once a week
53. Renew Zoe’s food and water at least twice a week
54. Encourage others to use clean language whenever somebody says a bad word or hints toward a bad subject
55. Cut down on electricity by only turning on lights, TV’s, pianos, etc. when needed
56. Never lie
57. Come up with at least one safe April Fool’s joke per month
58. Go to Texas Family Fitness with Dad at least once a month, but try to go at least twice a month
59. Memorize each of my family members’ birthdays
60. Get a present for each of my family members and close friends every time it is their birthday or is a major holiday when gifts are traditionally given
61. Train my observation and problem solving skills by playing a timed word search at least 2 times per week
62. Avoid eating fried foods
63. Avoid eating meat that isn’t from Free Range when possible
64. Join a club devoted to putting an end to animal abuse
65. Donate at least $12 to Wikipedia every year
66. Go through and fix any incorrect facts in Wikipedia for at least 5 minutes every other month
67. Fill in my monthly calendar with test dates, dues dates, study dates, homework, birthday, and other events every opportunity I get
68. Learn at least one new word a week
69. Write thank you notes to all of my teachers and everybody who has given me a gift in 2012
70. Read at least one talk from lds.org each month and take notes on it in my Study Journal
71. Only play on Roblox or Minecraft on Saturday
72. Answer at least 2 questions on Ask.com each week
73. Write to Jonathan Elder Toomey every week
74. Write a letter to Grandpa and Grandma Morrow and Toomey every week
75. Work on my genealogy for an hour at least once every other day
76. Straighten my bedroom and assigned room every other day
77. Keep my bedroom at level 2 clean all times
78. Clean out my backpack at least once every other week
79. Give each of my teachers a hand-made Happy New Years card
80. Find out when each of my teachers’ birthdays are and give them a birthday card when it’s their birthday
81. Practice ventriloquism for at least 5 minutes every 2 months
82. Learn how to use the language of computers by practicing for at least 7 hours every year
83. Learn how to use binary by practicing for at least 3 minutes every other week
84. Spend time with Roxy for at least 1 hour every week
85. Spend time on my top bunk for at least 20 minutes every week
86. Play with Pappy for at least 10 minutes every other day
87. Expand my ability to whistle high and low notes by practicing whenever appropriate or when I am bored
88. Get tutoring from Dad for at least 30 minutes every week
89. Empty my trashcan once a week
90. Only have to eat breakfast at school once every other month, if at all
91. Wash my hands every time after I touch an animal
92. Get rid of clothes that no longer live up to the expectations of proper clothing (anything permanently stained or has tons of holes) before June 1st, 2012
93. Have a birthday party where all of the presents that are brought are donated to charity
Happy New Years!
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LilRebl Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
That is some serious Resolutionaing lol, the best I got is being clean and tidier, drawing pictures for DeviantART more often and being a better friend to my friends, listening to other peoples problems and being nice, even to unpopular people and people I don't like.
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Scr1b3 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Someone's dedicated! Good luck accomplishing them all!
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WyeZee Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Mother of God
:iconmother-of-god-plz:
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Isamu-Chan1 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I say. good job! ^ v ^ :iconiloveitplz: i wish i could commit to things like that! you know, what, i will try! wish me luck. oh and just to let u know, i read all of it. = 3 = just by reading this, i can tell you are a good person. :D
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Isamu-Chan1 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh and Happy New Year!!!! :iconhappynewyearplz:
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heatherdvdprincess Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH MY!! I posted that twice???? Sorry!! I didn't see it appear on the top so I thought it didn't post at all!!! Eeeeyy....
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GloryAngel Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Please put this under a preview :\
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