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Bold Statements

As 2018 comes to an end, I am starting to think about my BOLD Statement(s) for 2019. What is a BOLD Statement you say? It is something my family and I started years ago that replaces the traditional New Year's Resolution. It's a slogan you live by throughout the year.

For example, one of my past BOLD Statements has been "Get it done," meaning I need to finish what I started when it comes to projects, relationships and achieving goals I set out for myself. I usually display this statement in a place I can see it almost every day.

It is a simple saying, but with a lot of thought behind it. In some ways, it is a reflection of what I have accomplished in the past and using those achievements to build onto the future. It also is a way to market myself to other people.

To be honest, I haven't really thought of it that way until now as I write what the BOLD Statement means to me.

If you are one of the people who are reading this (my first blog post on my website), you are probably asking yourself what my 2019 BOLD Statement is going to be. Even more so, you might be asking yourself what your own BOLD Statement could be.

Well, the fact I'm starting a blog is a hint to what my BOLD Statement will be. So without further ado, my BOLD Statement for 2019 is ...

drumroll, please

"Reach Out"

Professionally, I want to connect with more creatives and expand my network. The hope is I can learn from other creatives about their successes and struggles, and in turn, share my thoughts and feelings regarding my profession as a creative director. I want to get better in that role, and I believe by "reaching out" to others with similar experiences, I can learn to expand my capabilities and skill sets to make my job more enjoyable and rewarding. In turn, I hope to help do the same with others who "Reach Out" to me.

There are three thing I think I need to do to make this BOLD Statement a success.

  1. I need to overcome my introverted tendencies. I have to be more BOLD (see what I did there?) when it comes to putting myself out there. With that, I need to know how to better communicate with other professional creatives. I have to speak better in their terms and not try too hard or get nervous. When that happens, I tend to crack jokes that most of the time aren't funny.

  2. I need to attend more networking events. I had the opportunity to be a part of a roundtable discussion hosted by Stacey Stratton at True Talent Group. I realized then that this was just what I needed. Now that I am a member of AIGA, I need to take advantage of those opportunities it presents such as Cocktails with Creatives and Design Camp to name just a few.

  3. I need to be more active on social media and the web. Expect me to ping more professionals on LinkedIn and accept more connection requests. I really want to get to know you, so please don't hesitate to "Reach Out" to me as well. In addition, I plan to write more in this blog about what I go through as a creative professional and what inspires me. I plan to share more of what I've been working on.

So I hope you start looking at my website and help me grow as a creative professional. Drop me a note and tell me what you think. Please just "Reach Out."

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