My goals for 2021

Now this is NOT a typical new years resolutions, new year new me moment, where I list everything I will achieve or change about myself this year. I think if 2020 taught me one thing it’s that you really can’t predict what life will throw at you nor make concrete strict plans to achieve/do. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some goals. Personally, I want my goals to be open and based on personal growth. So It wouldn’t be realistic for me to make travel goals in 2021 since I’m living in a current lockdown. But I could make a goal to be financially smart and really be intentional with my saving and spending this year. My top goal in life is always to be happy in everything I do and everywhere I go. So no matter what I achieve or set out to accomplish this is always the overall end game. That being said; here are my goals for 2021.

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First, I want to practice photography. I have always been interested in photography but never took the time to really practice and improve myself. But I do struggle to find inspiration sometimes… When traveling inspiration is at every corner, taking in the new beauty of this world. However, I am realistic and see that this year might mostly be spent at home. But I hope to be able to find more beautiful pictures I can take close to home and really improve this skill. Please follow me on instagram to follow along this journey with me.

Secondly, I want to be intentional with my spending in order to optimize my savings. I want to make sure I budget well (check out my post on budgeting tips when moving and my post for daily budgeting tips). I hope that by being really intentional with my spending; I will be able be able to limit it to the necessities and have more saved for fun activities or a bigger purchase or even my future.

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Lastly, I want to make sure to always follow my passion. I am currently obtaining my masters and am definitely really enjoying the whole experience. I feel that passion for what I do and I want to carry that on into work or wherever I may go next.

Although these may seem small goals, to me they are very meaningful. I believe I will be able to achieve them and really keep them in my heart for 2021. There will of course be small things I want to do or want to accomplish along the way but I try not to make them hard goals. I think that in the moment you get opportunities to follow when the time is right and setting a strict 2021 list such as taking a cooking class will restrict the new experiences waiting for you around the corner.

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I made an acrylic pour painting!

I have a lot of free time on my hands lately so I wanted to try new hobbies. I have always loved painting and acrylic pour always seemed fun and cool to make. This is my first ever attempt so please be kind. First, I’ll share my tips from my personal experience and then the final result.

First, I got all my materials ready. The materials I used are:

  • acrylic paint
  • pouring medium
  • canvas
  • cups
  • optional:
    • hairdryer
    • chef torch
    • gloves
    • a painting shirt
    • plastic bags

I used plastic bags to cover my table and floor around the painting because once you start pouring it can get very messy. You may want to wear gloves to keep your hands clean but paint does wash off so it’s really just personal preference. I also wore a paint shirt.

Once your table is covered in for protection, you may want to lay out some cups so your canvas can be elevated off the table. This helps you pick up the canvas once it has paint on it.

Now, you are ready to mix your paint. First, you will need to choose which colours you want to use. I chose 3-4 colours per painting but if you want to make a more colourful painting you can always choose more. You will want to put each colour paint into different cups, I used reusable plastic cups. You need to then add a bit of your pouring medium to each cup in order to get a less viscous consistency of paint, which makes it easier to pour. I simply kept adding little amounts at a time to the paint and stirring it together until i got the perfect consistency for my paint.

There are many methods to make an acrylic pour painting. I decided to pour every colour into one cup. I started with the lightest colour and went darker, so that the lightest would be on top of the canvas in the end. Then I placed the cup upside down on the canvas and lifted the cup. After which I tilted the canvas until I got a pattern I liked.

After I was done I went over the canvas with the chef torch, in order to pop air bubbles which appeared in the paint.

Other techniques I really want to try next time, are to place the paint into a cup on the canvas with the bottom cut open. You then put paint on the canvas, the open cup over the paint and fill that cup with layers of different paint. This will create a beautiful array of colours, and if you use the blow torch it will create bubbles of paint. I also want to use a hairdryer to make the colours go in beautiful patterns against a white or black background. I also really want to experiment with more colours and a black base colour to contrast from.

I hope you enjoyed this blog. Let me know if you want to see a part two of acrylic pour or blog where I attempt to make another piece of art. Please leave a comment down below if you liked this post or have future posts you’d like to read. Please follow me on Instagram for more behind the scenes stuff. Hope you guys enjoyed and I will see you again next time, for my weekly blog!