I posted a confession over on Instagram this morning that I know some of you fellow business owners and makers can relate too. The confession?
Happy New Year everyone! 2018 was a doozy. A military move to yet another country (Hello Germany!) and the struggle of starting all over again. Here’s to hoping 2019 is much less of an emotional roller coaster. I’m starting the year off right with a little motivation and a part of my personal #designdaily challenge.
This year, I’m most looking forward to getting out and exploring a new country! What are you looking forward to??
Over the weekend I finally chose my word for 2016. I was so excited that I ran downstairs and told my husband who proceeded to say "You have to have a word? Is it like a hashtag or something"? Talk about anticlimactic. Sorry my dear instagramhusband, but yes this year I feel the need, like so many others of you, to have a "word".
Have you picked your word yet? Share it with us over on twitter! For me/us, 2016 is the year to Create.
I personally spent most of 2015 focusing on keeping a business going while having a newborn and a toddler at my feet every second. There was a whole lot of surviving, (both in business and in life) and not very much creating. This year, that will change. Kara and I both have a ton of fun projects planned for this year, and hope that you guys love them as much as we do.
This weekend I also sat down and read Big Magic finally. It was everything I was expecting and so much more and has me so fired up to dig even deeper into my creativity this year. This book is a must read for creatives. Although as stated in the book "If You're Alive, You're A Creative Person". Really, go get it. Now.
Also super exciting, Kara's been busy getting her creativity on and is rolling out some new city prints to add to the collection. First up Portland! Get it here. If you haven't checked out her prints in the shop, you need to. They inspire some serious wanderlust.
This Monday is a little special. It's the last Monday of 2015 and 2016 is literally right around the corner. We're taking a little time to let you know what we want 2016 to be for us. We'll celebrate our 4th birthday this year and are so excited for the projects we have lined up (including the launch of our new shop, eeek!!).
If you're ready for a little goal chat, let's get started! We'd love to hear what goals you've got picked out for this year, talk to us on Twitter, @mkkmdesigns.
If you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed that a few of our #mantramonday posts have been about slowing down, narrowing our focus, and creating more of what we love vs. what everyone would want.
A while back, Kara and I were talking about re-branding and couldn't come up with anything. After a while we joked about how "our brand loves your brand". It's true, we both LOVE what other people are doing out there right now. As much as we love it, we realized that it's absolutely not what WE should be doing. We have to face it, neither one of us will ever be any good at calligraphy. (Which by the way was my 2014 resolution that has yet to be met).
2016 is the year where we'll do us. I can't even count how many times in the past year, I've been asked to make printables about a certain wintery ice queen or superhero. I also can't count how many times I've had to just say no. We want people to swoon over our creations, not try to pick which Disney invite was created best.
Now, to just explain this to my 3 year old who will probably be asking for an Avenger's party in the fall. . .
Our 2nd goal this year is to find our people. Whether that's fellow girl bosses who may need design help, or the every girl who just want Pinterest worthy prints and parties, we want to talk to you.
I just recently started joining in on twitter chats ( btw #creativecoffeehour and #fireandwindco are a couple of my fav's) at the end of this year, and realized how much fun it is to actually talk to people. We've spent the last 3 years sitting behind our computer desk's working away and haven't spent anytime actually getting to know people out there in the internet world.
In 2016, we want to get to know you! Community over competition everyone. We also want everyone to get to know US! You can start at our about page, but we'll also be better about sharing who we are this year.
Our last goal goes hand in hand with our first. After 3 years of spreading ourselves thin, it's finally time to realize that you ( or in this case, we) don't have to do everything. This year will be about getting help when needed, learning to turn projects down, and becoming more organized #girlbosses. Using tools like Buffer and Evernote have been my lifesaver at the end of this year, and I can only imagine how much better it will be after using them for a whole year.
We can't wait to see what 2016 will bring for us! Join our newsletter below, as we head into the year loaded with lots of fun projects to bring your way.
Bonus! Here's a couple of our personal goals!
Kara wants to quit drinking soda and learn how to code.
I want to be better about exercising and with my hubs deploying soon, get better organized in life.
Oh Monday, I am so glad you're here. The past couple of weeks have been full of ear infections, grouchy tiny humans, and cooking ( good lord I hate cooking ). This mama just needs a break. Over the weekend I saw the quote "you don't need a new year, you just need a new Monday" so true! Every Monday, I feel like I get a fresh start. Coffee at the ready, let's do this Monday.