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2017 Resolutions and Goals

Well, it’s that time again. Time for New Year Resolutions.

I have just about always hated making resolutions because they’ve always been the typical “I want to lose weight!” or “I want to eat healthier!” which work for some people but they never work out for me.

Last year, I made one resolution. It was to make an effort to be more positive and to let go of the negative. And looking back on the absolute roller coaster that was 2016, I would have to say I kept my resolution.

Sure, I had some of the lowest and hardest emotional moments of my life but I can proudly say that I survived. I made it through because I didn’t let that negativity take ahold of me. I let it go and kept looking forward to all the positive things I have in my life and all of the positive things I still want to do.

Which brings us to 2017.

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2017 Goals & Resolutions.

I have so much I want to achieve this year and it’s going to take a lot of work. So this year, I making a list of not so much resolutions, but just a list of goals I want to work toward. Some of them are boring business-related goals so I’ll spare you the details on those but some of them might be more fun the more people that join in!

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Complete (at least) 100 works of art.

I’m a part of a Facebook group called {Creative Life} with Kellee Wynne Studios and she challenges artists to create 100 works of art which I will be attempting.

Last year, I was so focused on building my business that my actual art fell by the wayside.

This year, I am making it a priority to work on my art every single day and my goal is to complete at least 100 works of art. That comes out to about two pieces each week.

I’m looking forward to working on this goal because it will be a nice way to see my progression as an artist from piece #1 to piece #100.

Blog three times a week.

So this goal isn’t really a new goal since I had been blogging three times a week for a while but for the past couple months in 2016 I hadn’t been blogging at all. In fact, I think the last blog post published was my November DIY Round-up.

I will be sort of reconfiguring the way my blog is formatted a little bit because I think part of the reason I stopped blogging was that I was getting burnt out and discouraged. Hopefully, with what I have planned I will be able to avoid that burn out and I’ll be able to stick to my goal. Plus, blogging three times a week should help with some of my boring business goals!

Participate in my first ever Arts Festival.

Last year I participated in my first ever art show (which I still need to write about #oops) so this year my goal is to participate in my first ever art festival.

This will be a lot more difficult than the art show because I have to buy a tent, I have to have tables, and all kinds of other expenses but this festival is something I have been attending as an art fan for basically my whole life, and I would just absolutely love to participate on the other side as an artist.

Read two books a month.

I used to read all the time. Last year, I can’t even think of a single book that I read completely. I haven’t even read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! (I know, I’m the worst.)

This year, my goal is to read two books a month and to assist with my other goal of blogging three times a week, at the end of each month will be a blog post about each book I read. I’ll also announce the books I will be reading so that way you can read along and we can have our own virtual book club!

For January, I will be starting with Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. The second book is undecided but you can follow along on twitter using the hashtag #itcBookClub and I’ll conduct a poll to decide!


Well, there they are. Those are a few of my 2017 resolutions and goals. It won’t be easy because I have challenged myself to keep up with quite a bit but I’m really looking forward to where this year takes me.

What are some of your 2017 resolutions and goals? I’d love to hear about them!

xoxo
Ilona

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Crafting, Creativity, Inspiration

Easy DIY Project Round-up: November

It’s that time again!

Another month has flown by (seriously, where did October go?) so that means it time for another DIY Round-up!

Get your home fall ready with these fun and easy DIY projects! | Ilona Toth Creative

November is probably the second best month of the year (the first best being October, of course) so what better way to get ready for all the Fall and Holiday goodness with some fun DIY projects!

I scoured the internet for some of the best projects and round them all up in one convenient post just for you!

So let’s check them out!


How CUTE are these Flannel Coasters by Juggling Act Mama?

These gorgeous Pumpkin Flower Arrangements from Garden Therapy make a fun Autumnal way to have fresh flowers in the house!

I can not wait to try out some of these Apple Pie Bites from The Blond Cook. Seriously, they look so good!

Get the kids involved in some Fall decorating with this Foil Printed Fall Tree Art project from Munchkins and Moms!

Throwing a fancy Thanksgiving dinner party? Check out these adorable Turkey Feather Place Card Holders from Almost Makes Perfect!


Every time I do one of these DIY round-ups I am blown away by how creative everyone on the internet is!

I’d love to hear about the Fall DIYs you have planned or if you decide to do one listed here! Leave a comment telling me all about it!

 

Have fun DIYing!

xoxo
Ilona

Creativity, Inspiration, Personal, Lifestyle

A Letter to my Younger Self: Things I Wish I Learned

The other day, I was having dinner with my best friend who I’ve known for almost 25 years. (Yea, I’m that old.)

We started talking about how we’ve changed and how we used to be when we were younger and it got me thinking about all the things I know now that I wish I would have known when I was younger to save me from so many years of struggles and insecurities.

While I can’t go back in time and actually tell these things to myself, I decided to write them out as a letter to my younger self.

Things I wish I knew when I was younger. | Ilona Toth Creative

Dear Younger Self,

I wish there was a way for me to go back in time and protect you from all the pain you are going to experience in the coming years. It’s going to be really hard for a long time but I promise you’ll make it through.

Here are a few things I wish I could tell you in person:

Don’t compare your journey to other people’s journey.

Your beginning is going to look way different from someone else’s middle or end. Even your middle will look different from their middle.

Everyone is on a different path going at different times and different speeds so there is no point in comparing your progress with someone else. You will make your own progress in your own time.

Plus, there’s that old saying “Comparison is the killer of joy” and it’s totally true.

Learn to let things go.

Holding on to anger and other negative emotions does more harm than good. That negativity will just eat you up inside.

Let go of negativity. Let go of grudges. It’s not productive and will only make you feel terrible.

Talk to people.

This is more than just having a conversation with someone. This is communicating how you feel instead of letting feelings stew.

Don’t be petty and talk one way to someone and then talk another way behind their back. Don’t say anything about someone that you wouldn’t say to their face.

Stand up for yourself.

If someone says something to you that you don’t like, tell them. You deserve respect and if someone disrespects you, you have to let them know. Just today, a co-worker talked down to me and I immediately told him not to talk to me like an idiot instead of getting angry and not doing anything about it.

Stop caring so much about other people’s opinions.

Seriously. Just stop. You don’t have to hide parts of yourself or make excuses for things just because you’re afraid of how people will react. Their opinion doesn’t matter in the long run and conforming to their expectations will only make you unhappy.

And you know whose opinions really doesn’t matter? Boys. Oh my god. Who cares what boys think?! Don’t do anything for boys, do it for yourself. Wear makeup for yourself. Don’t wear makeup for yourself. Shave your legs for yourself or don’t shave your legs. Your opinion is the only one that matters.

You are a feminist.

Don’t resist calling yourself that because you’re afraid of what people will think. (See last piece of advice.) Anyone who thinks less of you because you’re a feminist isn’t worth your time (and they probably don’t even understand what feminism really is.)

Don’t laugh at sexist/racist/homophobic/transphobic/islamophobic/etc jokes because they aren’t funny. Don’t tiptoe around people because they might call you a “feminazi.” (That’s not a thing!)

Call people out when they act like assholes. It’s hard, especially when it’s people you consider your friends, but it’s better than staying silent and allowing problematic behavior to continue.

Female friendships are the shit.

Don’t be one of those people who “aren’t like other girls” because that’s insulting to other girls and you know what, girls are amazing! Nothing is better than having a few close female friendships that help you get through all of life’s ups and downs.

Make travelling a priority.

Sure, saving money for travelling is hard, especially when it’s so easy to spend money on little things, but travelling is worth it. And travelling is fun. (And New York City is not as scary as people like to make it out to be.)

Experiences are better than things so skip buying all those DVDs and save that money for concerts, road trips, and vacations.

Be unapologetically you.

You are constantly growing and changing and finding out who you are so don’t ever shy away from that. Who you are now is different from who you will be in two months and that person is different from who you will be in two years.

Don’t be afraid to show the world who you are every step of the way.

Now, if only I could actually tell you these things instead of writing a hypothetical letter to you.

Go do great things.

xoxo
Ilona

Creativity, Resources, Inspiration

17 Inspirational Quotes About Creativity

We all need a little inspiration every once and awhile whether we are suffering from creative block or are just feeling a little down.

I’ve gathered up a few of my favorite inspirational quotes to share in case you need a little inspiration for your day.

Inspirational quotes about creativity to motivate and inspire you. | Ilona Toth Creative

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” - Ray Bradbury

“If you hear a voice inside you saying ‘You cannot paint’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” - Vincent Van Gogh

“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.” – Erica Jong

“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” - Edward de Bono

“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” - Alan Alda

“Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.” - Nolan Bushnell

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” - Albert Einstein

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” - Joseph Chilton Pierce

Here’s a couple from Brene Brown because *heart eyes emoji*

"Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect."

"Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light."

And Elizabeth Gilbert because also *heart eyes emoji*

“Don’t abandon your creativity the moment things stop being easy or rewarding because that’s the moment when interesting begins.”

“What is creative living? Any life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than fear.”

“Be brave. Without bravery, you will never know the world as richly as it longs to be known. Without bravery, your life will remain small-far smaller than you probably wanted your life to be.”

How about a few more?

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” – Osho


So there you have a few of my favorite quotes about creativity. Be sure to follow me on Pinterest for more creativity inspiration!

Now go be creative!

xoxo
Ilona