Friday, January 11, 2008

2007 Wrap-Up: Random things I want to share

2007 has been such an amazing year for me. It's been incredible!! I am so proud of all that I accomplished this year.

I have had so many 'firsts' this year - really amazing 'firsts'!! I am looking forward to more 'firsts' and to many more 'seconds' in the upcoming year!! :)

I am bursting with happiness and hope about what the future will bring. My life has literally become a series of dreams coming true, and I could not be more grateful or earnest about that fact. I am so happy and I look forward to more happiness, fullfillment, goals being reached, and above all and with everything comes more learning!!! I am working harder than ever, but it has never been so much fun!!

Here is a list of some major milestones I reached in 2007...

-My first trade book (illustrator) was created (Feb - April) and published (September)

-I began a relationship with Tugeau2, a truly excellent children's trade and educational illustration agency. Horray for Team Tugeau!!

-I illustrated a group of greeting card illustrations for a major national paper product producer. They were created for a pitch to a major mass market retailer (starts with T, ends with T). The cards didn't end up making the cut for ThaT, but the cards *will* still be produced for the paper product company's own line (Christmas 2008). Although the cards did not get picked up, I feel that I gave the client my absolute best and I think they would agree. The icing: I LOVE the end product! A major milestone for me - my FIRST mass - produced greeting cards, EVER. :)

-Worked with several new clients!! Very exciting!!

-I was invited to join the wonderful children's book illustrators' group, the inspiring and immensely talented Picture Book Junkies!!

-I also was invited to become a premiere member of the Scribble Guild, my other artist collaborative group of amazing illustrator/designer friends!

-I hired one accountant to work with consistently.

NOW, I get to reassess and rework my new goals, because goals seem to always shift in accordance with new goals reached!! :)

What are YOUR big 2007 milestones? What are your goals for 2008?


Paula said...

Congratulations on all your accomplishments this past year, Kathy! Blessings to you in this new year and may you do even more this coming year!

nancyrosetta said...

Congratulations Kathy,
I am so proud of you!
My wishes are for your continued success and happiness for the new year and beyond!

Debbie Egizio said...

A big congratulations to you!! What a great year you had. I hope more of the best for you in 2008!

Kimberly Morin Weineck said...

What fabulous accomplishments. Bravo, too, for putting them out here for all to see.

Now give us a sneak peek of the stuff for that big retailer with a "T" at the beginning and end of the name, can ya?

Looking forward to what the new year brings you. Lots of success!!!