Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions With Happydesigner

New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year! We’ve had a lovely few days off for Christmas (well, days off in that some days it wasn’t an all-out paintfest as usual!) and we’re settling down into our new life in 2018. How’s it going for you so far? Have you made any resolutions? Or did you decide this year that you wouldn’t make any?

Where Do We Start?

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Doodling every day!

We found a great book that has inspired us to do some creative resolutions. It’s very easy to make these promises to yourself and then feel really disappointed when you realise you’ve tried to do too much, or you’ve run out of time to fit it all in. The way we’ve approached it is to find something that we can do easily and infrequently! Think about what motivates you; do you like drawing but never find the time? Do you love telling your kids stories and wish you had written them down afterwards? Now may be the time to sit down on a Thursday evening (or any moment when you would normally have a cup of tea and tell everyone else to leave you alone for just five minutes, please!) and make sure you jot these things down. That’s our thought with our “Plot a Week” resolution. Plots come to people all the time, even if you don’t realise it. That story you’re making up about the same pigeon you see on the way to work every day, or that little tale you make up about the couple you spot on the bus most days. Even just at your desk or at work when you make up little stories about making a cup of tea, or your phone ringing. These are all tiny plots, and it doesn’t need to be more than a few lines a week. Maybe you can find a little notebook to write them all in? Everyone enjoys a new notebook and now you’ll have something to fill it with!

Or you could take a totally a different approach. Perhaps you’re really good at keeping things tidy, doing backflips or using a certain app; could your resolution be to show more people how to do these things? It doesn’t need to necessarily be something that benefits you directly, it can be whatever you want it to be. You might want to help out more around the house, brush the dog more or make sure you do all homework as it is set, instead of the day before it’s due! But don’t be hard on yourself if you fail. Acknowledge that you have slipped up and keep on going. The biggest mistake you can make is to let it slip and then just think “oh well, that’s me done this year”. A resolution we’re going to set you, no matter what, is to not quit! Keep it going, if you don’t make it one day make sure you do the next. It’s always harder to get back up when you’ve fallen down, but you can do it! You can even start your resolutions today if you want to, you have a whole year to fit it in. Some people might enjoy keeping a log of the achievements made, so you remember how far you’ve come if you have an “off” day. At the end of the year you will then have a tangible record of the things you have achieved.

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“Doodle a Day”

Doodle A Day and Plot a Week

We’re focusing on the creative here, seeing as that’s what we do! We’re trying to fit in a doodle a day, which at the moment is focused on our new books, all about the Hectic Hares! This is something we’re working on now, and will be coming soon, so the doodles are mostly of hares doing naughty things and trying to cause havoc! But don’t worry, they do have someone to keep them under control…sort of!

The other resolution we’re working on is a plot a week. As mentioned earlier, this can be as simple as: “A man called George is reunited with his prize horse. George thinks they can go back to racing as before, but the horse has got other ideas”. There you go, one plot! It’s a great one to do, as in a week you could jot down seven plots, one a day, if you’re feeling your brain fire up. If not, it doesn’t matter. The aim is a plot a week, so you can do as little as one or as many as seven, or more! This is a fab resolution to help kick-start the creative flow, or get you out of a writer’s block situation. It doesn’t need to be a plot every time either, if you’re not much of a writer make it an idea of the week, or a project plan of the week. Whatever suits you!

Good Luck!

So there you go, even now you can start your resolutions if you want to. Pick up a pen, a paintbrush, an iPad, a trowel. Start planning and start achieving! If you want to share your hard work then do hop over to our Facebook and post a few pics, or use the hashtag “happydesigner” and “doodleoftheday” on our Instagram to show us what you’ve been up to (even if you aren’t doodling!). Resolutions are easier to keep if we all work together, so make sure you support everyone who says they are trying to stick to theirs, and don’t be afraid to tell people yours so that they can help you out too. Have fun and good luck!

Sarah, aka Happydesigner, doodling on the go!

A few of my previous clients

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  • Sarah really understood the brief right from the beginning and has been able to translate my ideas and mental images, that at times were quite specific, into magical illustrations that are better than I’d ever hoped. She has absolutely nailed it!” – Gareth Edwards

  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • “Thank you, Sarah, for the amazing work you did on the illustrations for my book. Working with you has been so easy thanks to your enthusiasm, flexibility, support, professionalism and, of course, the amazing quality of your work." – Stuart Neath

  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love
  • “Sarah’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help." – Darron Jon Love

  • "Sarah is amazing - very fast at understanding the requirements, great pictures and never too much trouble. I recommend her wholeheartedly" - Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva
  • "I am absolutely thrilled with the colours and love the look and overall feel of the book, its so different and unique, thank you so much"
  • "Outstanding illustrator with exceptional talent. You couldn’t wish for a better artist, as it would be impossible to find. Such a spectacular gifted designer who is always happy!" - Rachel Lake

  • Sarah has a great insight into how to best produce a children’s book and is really helpful in getting you there! I really cannot recommend Sarah enough – brilliant designer, friendly and professional. The experience has been a great one!“ – Jodie Jackson
  • "I can’t speak highly enough of Sarah! She has brought Roopert Snoopert to life in a way I could never have imagined.
    The illustrations are fantastic! Sarah keeps you update with progress from the draft stage right through to sign off." - Paul Micklewright
  • "Sarah quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process” – Darron Jon Love

  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • "Thank you both so much for your hard work and dedication. Sarah is a fantastic illustrator! It is nice to know I have worked with someone who is so professional at her job, and will certainly remember her for the future if I need another book illustrating."
  • “When we first contacted Sarah, Dainty Dizzy was a concept;  an idea to be shaped into a brand.  Sarah took this idea and illustrated it perfectly….and our brand look and feel was born.” – Dainty Dizzy

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • "It's been great working with Sarah as our illustrator! She's been so great in taking all feedback on board and delivers work of the highest standard. Would 100% recommend :-)" - Michelle Gibbs, Doodle Dozen Series
  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • “Sarah’s re-branding of my business has given it a much needed fresh and quirky feel. She provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could.” – Discovery Leisure

  • “Books arrived safely today- I am absolutely delighted with how they look – I can’t thank you enough – you’ve made my dream come true :)” – Jane Collins

  • “Sarah was lovely to work with and keen to make sure that the illustrations were a perfect match for the story. It’s obvious that she really cares about her work and wants you, the author, to be happy with the final results.” – Marion Adams

  • “I am so happy that I found Sarah to bring my book to life. Sarah took the time to listen and really made the effort to make sure that I was happy and her brilliant designs translated the words of my book into a beautiful visual story." - Jodie Jackson

  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages