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Monday, January 2, 2017

Looking Back/Looking Forward

Looking Back
Looking Forward

2016 was not particularly good to Jim and I,
but. . .
Looking back, I did accomplish many of my 2016 goals!

Yea ME!!!

I am currently working on my 2017 goals and setting up plans and systems to accomplish them,
because that's the only way!.  

Without a plan and deadlines to accomplish your goals,
they will remain wishes.
You must PLAN for Success!

I really feel that even though I didn't accomplish all my goals, I am so far ahead of where I would have been without the plan I put in motion.

Let's take a look! 

Things I accomplished in 2016

1.  Loose weight - I did, but I'm not happy with the final number for the year, so I have set out a different plan for 2017.

2.  Get in better physical health - I did and I am so much stronger than I was this time last year.  I have laid out a new plan for 2017.
These are some of my tools.

 3.  De-clutter my house - I didn't stick with my plan completely, 
 but I got rid of so much CRAP and will be continuing the process this year.

4.  Paint more - I did participate in the 30 paintings in 30 days last September, but didn't complete because I got the flu and pneumonia about day 21.  I will continue to improve my painting skills in 2017 by working on areas I need to improve on by continuous study and painting.  It doesn't matter how much I study, if I don't actually get in the studio and paint.

5.  Get more classes on my website - I did get one single subject class and one FREE daisy painting class, but I had no voice for 1/2 of 2016 so there was some technical difficulties there.
But in 2017 I have a list of children and adult beginning painting classes I plan to add to my website,
Click HERE to view my website and sign up for the free class. 

6.  I celebrated my 7th year blogging with a tremendous giveaway of note cards, paintings and classes.  I hope you got in on the fun, but if not, please click the button below and get signed up so you too can win a painting.  I give one away every month and I will be giving two away tonight.
Click HERE to enter

7.  I went social media crazy.  I now have a twitter and instagram account, and you can find me there as @kypaintster.  I would love for you to follow me.  
I re-opened my Etsy shop.
Click HERE to see and follow my Etsy shop. 
You can look me up on Linked In as Sharon Durbin Graves.
You like Pinterest?  I'm there.  Click HERE to go to my Pinterest page.  I have boards there all about painting.
And finally, Click HERE to go to my You Tube channel where you can see free videos on classes I've taught, time lapse videos of paintings and real time classes. 

(This is one of the many photos my daughter in law Amanda took of me this year.  I didn't paint the scene behind me, it's near her studio).  She photographs infants and families, but I have an inside track and she took some incredible photos of me!
 Click HERE to go to her website.  
Prepare to be amazed!!!
8.  I started a facebook page for all those students who signed up for either my online full blown art course or my single subject iris painting classes.  I encourage my students to post their work there, ask questions, make new friends and I show up at least once a week.  I'm going to go live there soon.  I've been terrified of FB live, but hey, I'm a goofball, so I'll be jumping in this week or so.

9.  I ate healthier in 2016 but not as good as I would have liked.  2017 will see me cooking more and eating more whole foods and eating out less.

10.  I improved my spirituality by studying more, but I didn't make it to creating an everyday habit of scripture reading.  2017 will see that as part of my Routine for Success that I will be doing every day.

I have created a daily Routine for Success
that I will be doing every day. (some days like Sunday will be abbreviated)
It includes: exercising  to give me physical strength
study time to strengthen my spirit 
eat a healthy breakfast.

Hopefully you have some great goals and plans to improve your life for 2017.  I'd love to hear about them.  Let me in on your goals in the comments.

Thanks for following me and Happy New Year!


  1. I thought I worked hard but you take the gold star!
    I am cutting back actually, Sharon, because I feel the quality of my painting time has been eroded by all the demands of social media. I just got rid of messenger as it was just another waste of time. Sending me an email works just fine. Very proud of myself.I teach four days a week and have a retail space which requires my presence,
    so in May I am moving into an office space to teach so I do not have the constant interruptions. That's my New Years resolutions. More time to paint!
    As for exercise - walk and do yoga but knee problems have slowed me down... getting old!
    Wishing you much success with all your endeavors. I will be right there supporting you.

  2. Social media can be areal drain Julie, I agree. I am trying to remember to set a timer so I am only on there so long. Love that you are making the changes you feel are most important to you. I am making a lot of changes similar to yours, to improve my art. That's the basis for most of them.
    Also always excited to see your email in my inbox. I know I'm going to love the work and learn something.


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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.