Free printable 2014 Goals and Dreams Worksheets that you just can't say no to!!!

In the month of December, I usually spend time going over the events of the past year. I celebrate any accomplishments - big or small, I ponder over what I've learned from any failures, and I plan and dream about what I'd like to see happen in my life in the new year.  In every aspect of my life. I set goals.  I dream.  I learn.  I grow.  I plan how to live a life that i design. "One's philosophy is not the best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility." - Eleanor Roosevelt

...we shape our lives and we shape ourselves...

Love that line best.

Soooooo, I want to invite you to get down to some reflection and goal setting with me.  What I've designed are a few beautiful planning pages for you to use to help you look at your current year and figure out what you'd like to see happen in 2014!  To set goals.  To dream.  And to look at the big picture as we shape our lives and ourselves!

2014 Goal Setting

Now, before I get too deep in to this post, here's a disclaimer - I'm not a life coach.  I'm not a personal development guru.  I'm just a focused, hard working girl. I've learned a lot in the last 40+ years and have a thing or two share.  What I do know for certain, is that everyone is different.  Some people can handle more.  Some people need to take baby steps.  What I'm going to share with you is that you should read what I have to offer, and customize it to best suit you, your personality, your life.

My best advice to you, is to play with your plans and ideas.  Get creative about how you want your life to change.  And to do it in ways that push you out of your comfort zone a little.  That's where great change happens.

Let's get started.

Here are the 6 categories {and ideas} that I reflect upon when I set my goals:

1.  Health & Fitness - I look at how I can make improvements in my diet, my exercise routine, my fitness level, how much I am resting, what can I do to improve my energy levels, etc.

2. Family & Relationships - how we as a family unit are doing, where we need to spend more time, how do we need to spend our time together.  What friendships feed me, what business relationships do I want to grow, what I enjoy most when I am with others, etc.

3. Money & Career - what is my financial goal for the year, my income, how much am I spending, saving, investing, where my business is going, what I enjoyed about it, what I can improve and grow upon, what classes can I take, programs can I enroll in, etc.

4. Spirituality & Personal Development - what feeds my inner-spirit, what makes me feel joy from the inside out, what books can I read, what my intuition is telling me to focus on, what makes me ask more questions about my authentic self, and what can I do to share my personal journey, etc.

5. Travel & Experiences - where do I want to travel to, what vacations did I enjoy this past year, where do I want to go on my own, with my family, what fun experiences did we have and what can we do more of in the upcoming year, etc.

6. Overall Lifestyle - how do I want to spend my days, what freedoms, allowances, & experiences do I want to see more of, how to do I want to feel, where do I see myself in 3-5 years - the big picture.

I use these categories to list a few things I'd like to see happen.  I make notes, I scribble out ones that don't have a lasting impression on me and I narrow it down.  I then try to chunk these notes which are now goals, into smaller pieces and focus on one goal per category.  Which I then write on my New Year Goals - 2014 sheet.

Goal sheet 2014Next step, I spend a few minutes thinking about what I'd love to see happen in my life, my family's life and this is where I give myself permission to play and dream! I write what my ideal day looks like, my ideal vacation, my ideal experience and how I want to feel, on the 2014 Dream List sheet.  I play and get really creative here.  This is where you realize a little more about who you are and what really feeds your soul.  Remember, this is your personal list, you don't have to share it with anyone.  Be open and honest with yourself here.

Dream list 2014

The 3-5 Year, Big Plans sheet is where you will again, get creative and play with how you want to your life to look in the next 3-5 years.  This is where you can look back and really see the fruits of your labour.  Where you'll notice marked changes in your life.  This is something most people don't do and I encourage you to do more of.

Big plan 3-5 year plan

Here's a tip:  Look BACK at the last 3-5 years and think about all of the things you've experiences, places you've visited, things you've accomplished, and people you've met.  Get excited about them.  Just think about the amazing possibilities of what you can do over the next 3-5 years and all of the even more amazing things that life has to offer you!!

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If goal setting is too hard, just pick one thing.  One important thing to you, but make a decision to take a small step each and every day.  When I read the book The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson who says "make the daily choices that will lead you to the success you desire", I realized what I was doing wrong.  Reading it was a game changer for me.  I realized that it was the small daily efforts that shifted areas in my life which then propelled me towards my bigger goals.  I was an all or nothing kind of girl. Now I do a little bit each day and have really seen some huge change in the last few years living this way. If you haven't read the book, that should go on the top of your list in the 4th category, Spirituality & Personal Development.

For your own personal 2014 Goals and Dreams Worksheets, download the PDFs here and here.  

goal setting worksheets 2014

Print as many copies of these worksheet as you want and may I recommend using good quality paper.  Your plans are important, why not treat them with importance!?

Write your lists.  Make your plans.  Re-write them. Perfect them. Just do them and then put them away for a little while.  Take them out a few weeks later and see if they are still important to you.  Think about how passionate you are about them.  Do they still have the same meaning to you?  Do you feel the same emotions?  If you answered yes, yes, yes!  Then your next step is to work a little bit each day, take inspired action and make 2014 an amazing year and live a life that YOU design!!!

Let me know what you think and if these worksheets help you!

Before you go!!! Don't forget to enter in l.i.d.'s 1st anniversary giveaway as it's a way for me to celebrate all the small steps I took leading me to celebrate my first anniversary!!!  One lucky name will be drawn and the winner will be announced on 12-12-13 at 12:00pm!

Life I design anniversary giveaway

 Good luck and happy planning!!

Nicki xo

 

 

Dishing on my creative process and most favourite tools & technology!

It's been a few weeks since my last blog post - please forgive me!

It recently occurred to me that getting into a creative groove takes a bit more effort and focus on my part.  It's been almost a year since launching my Art Shop and it seems that this entire year has been one huge learning curve after another.  I can finally take a deep breath in, and feel like I have learned enough about technology, software programs and apps, to help me become efficient and produce the art that I design and dream up in my head, and be able to print it on paper to deliver to you!

I thought I'd share with you my creative process and my most favourite tools!

creative processHere is a great example of my process from pen and paper, to technology and apps, then to the final print!

creative process pensThe first step to any designing that I do is brainstorming - for me it means to write it down on paper!  I use a big sketchbook (9X12), my Sakura Micron Pens, a variety of pencils and then get to work with writing down words, style ideas, rough sketches and outlines.  This is where I need to get myself comfortable, sit in a quiet space with time to have ideas flow in, and this needs to happen organically. {This is probably my form of meditation at its best! - I'll learn to mediate one day..}

i pad and brush stylus

Step two is to use one of my most favourite iPad apps available called Paper53! Here is where I sketch, add colour, and play with layouts before I sit and do my final designs either on paper or directly on my computer.  I use a regular stylus pen to draw fine detail and this beauty {show in the image above is my Nomad Brush Stylus } is a brush tip stylus that is fab to paint, colour-in and fill designs.  If you love to paint, this app and stylus brush will blow you away!! My daughter steals it from me any chance she can get.

my computer and wacomThe third step is to do the final art-work.  If I am working on graphic designs, I use a Bamboo Tablet & Pen by Wacom to hand-draw my final designs directly in to Illustrator.  There is where I can play with colour, sizing, and final touches before I begin my test prints.  I usually then wait a day or two to take a break from the pieces I am working on to have a final look with fresh eyes.

Finally, I print, stage, shoot & edit photos before I list them in the Art Shop! Here is what I've been working on these past few weeks!

Holiday Collection 2013 Holiday Collection is now available in the Art Shop!!

Whew?!  A big to-do off my list!

Now onto Christmas Shopping!!!!!

P.S. (I can't wait to share the one-day-sale that is happening on Black Friday!!! Keep an eye out as it may help you knock 1 or 2 things off your Christmas list!!!!) 

Eraser Stamp Tutorial

A few weeks ago I published a post about Mother's Day that was filled with home made cards and notes that touched me deeply.  If you missed the post, click here to read it.  

I promised a few fun and easy tutorials in that post to inspire you {and perhaps your family} to use home made notes, cards and personal touches more often.

This eraser stamp tutorial just might do the trick!

eraser turned stamp

Simple eraser ...

Carve eraser into stamp

A custom made stamp by you!!

Eraser stamps design

Don't know where to start? Sketch out a few simple lines, designs and shapes.

eraser stamp test

You will need a lino carving tool.  I used an exacto knife after carving a few shapes and realize that I could get cleaner lines with the knife.

Eraser Stamps

Here's a sample of a few of my stamps that I tested and re-tested a few times.  I also carved shapes on the backs of the stamps for variety and well ... I just got carried away!

"What do i do with these beauties?" you ask?!  

Here are a few ideas, but the possibilities are endless!

stamp gift tags

eraser stamp love notes

eraser stamp thank you notes

Home Made Stamps/stationary

How about creating a set of stationary for yourself and the next time you need to write the kids a quick note, send a thank you card or just write down your shopping list, use one of your own designs!  Let the creative energy flow.

Are you inspired by this post?! Show me what you came up with! I'd love to see what you create.

Printing on Fabric - Who knew it would be so easy?!!

For months I've had a DIY written on a sticky note that I wanted to try!

I finally did...

Printing on Fabric - Who knew it would be so easy!!

I've agonized over what method to try, which image to use, what type of fabric to print on...  I've scoured Pinterest and have looked at a ton of sites, researching the best techniques to use to print on fabric.  Finally - today, I printed on fabric!!

I used a cotton, unbleached fabric that I bought in the craft section of Wal-mart {who knew!?} and I used a portion of an image that I drew the other day.

I am very excited to share with you this easy technique that works like a charm and perfectly on my first go!  Amazing right?!!

Here's what you'll need to start. 

fabric art supplies

 

Start by ironing the fabric as best as possible.  {Perhaps washing it first might help with the fold lines that are always a challenge to iron out.}  Then cut the fabric to whatever size your choose.  I cut mine to 8 X 10 as I knew I would frame it in a size at least 8 X 10 or smaller. 

Next spray the printer paper with the adhesive {outdoors to be safe} to coat the sheet with a very light coat of the adhesive.  Let it set for a few minutes before smoothing the fabric onto it.  The printer paper helps to support the fabric during printing and makes feeding it into the printer easy.  Yup! I printed using my ink jet directly onto the fabric.

Lastly chose an image that you love.  I chose one of my own that I had played around with in Photoshop and here is how it came out!

Print on fabric

Give the print a few minutes to dry and then carefully peel the fabric from the paper. 

feather on fabric

Pop it into a frame!

feather print

 Unique, beautiful art!

Let me know if you try this DIY and how it works out for you!!

Before I leave you, I wanted to send you a heartfelt THANKS! 

For being a great supporter of life i design and the launch of the Art Shop!

It's been fun giving away 10 free magazine subscriptions for the past 10 days, offering a special discount to the wonderful subscribers, and for all of your fabulous feedback!

Thank you!  Thank you!

Candidly Yours,

Nicki

P.S. {Don't forget to check if you are one of our 10 winners here on the Giveaway page.  If you are one of the lucky winners, make sure to email me your subscription choice from Zinio, your full name, and email address! Big Congratulations to all!}