My Creative Resolution – Watercolor, Illustration, Print Pattern Design

7 tips to keep your New Year’s resolution


I came across a note I wrote six months into my 2014 resolution to “draw, paint, create.” I wrote simply “just pull out the paints.” I realize now, that keeping a resolution isn’t that simple.

I’m celebrating the second year of keeping my creative resolution, and committing to a third. There are ups and downs to any resolution. There are times when you are into it, and times when you aren’t. Sometimes it’s hard to just “pull out the paints” (or eat a salad, or put on your running shoes, etc.).

Here are 7 tips to keep your New Year’s resolution:

  1. Make a “positive” resolution. Your resolution should be about what you are going to do, not what you are not going to do. For example – Eat healthy vs. Stop eating junk.
  2. Research your resolution. Read books, magazines, blogs, or watch videos about your topic. Researching your topic will help motivate you, and help you on your journey.
  3. Tell people about your resolution. The more you tell others what you have resolved to do, the more you’ll feel committed to doing it, and maybe you’ll find a friend with a similar goal.
  4. Keep track of your progress. Keep a journal, or a blog about your journey, and include all your struggles and victories. Reread it from time to time to show yourself how far you’ve come. The blogging community can be very supportive!
  5. Be realistic. Start small. If your resolution is running, you can’t expect to run 3 miles the first day out. And if you do, you’ll probably not want to run the next day! Start small, and build on it.
  6. Spend money. You’ll be more motivated and committed, if you spend money. It’s the spending guilt! Buy new healthy snacks, new running sneakers, art supplies, or whatever item supports your resolution.
  7. Schedule time. You can’t change your eating, or run, or paint, or knit, if you don’t have time. Make your resolution a priority and schedule time for it.

Even though 45% of Americans make resolutions, only 8% are successful at keeping them.* I hope my tips help you keep your resolution this year. 🙂



Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

11 thoughts on “7 tips to keep your New Year’s resolution

  1. Great tips! And cute painting too! 😃 Cheers to a fabulous 2016! 🎉

  2. Happy New Year and love all of your tips! Cheers to a creative year!

  3. Happy Creating and Happy New Year Eileen!

  4. Pingback: Starting the year off right with a painting. | my creative resolution

  5. Thanks for the Tips Eileen 💜They are helpful!

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