As the clock strikes midnight and we ring in the New Year, it serves as the perfect opportunity to reshape ourselves, to change at least one thing (no matter how big or small) as we head into 2016. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to try something that you’ve not had the courage to do before, or finally learn how to use all your iPhone features (3D touch, anyone?). Well, here’s your chance, and to give you a little inspiration we thought we’d share five of our own New Year’s resolutions with you (and check out our MarkMakers’ resolutions below).
1. See more gigs at venues across the country and show support for the live experience. Because there’s a distinct difference between listening to your favorite records and going to see an artist live. It also helps ensure iconic venues are financially supported to host more great shows in the future.
2. Donate time to a cause close to your heart Get more involved in a local community project that helps those less fortunate than ourselves – because we’re all in this together.
3. Finally make those recipes you posted on Pinterest 3 months ago. We don’t know about you, but we pin with reckless abandon on our Pinterest boards, but then rarely get around to making anything we’ve saved. This year, finally take advantage of those pins (or your long to-do list that never seems to end) and take action. Those cupcakes in a mason jar aren’t going to decorate themselves.
4. Be more fashionably experimental. That means not being afraid to 1. purge your closet and 2. wear a new style, be it a bold boot that you’ve always loved or that luxurious jacket you bought but still “haven’t found the right time” to wear. Now’s the time. Plus, it’s always good to make a statement.
We’ve worked alongside some of the most creatively talented individuals over the past year whose stories undoubtedly inspire those around them. We reached out to our MarkMakers to find out exactly what they wanted for themselves in 2016.
With his unique take on traditional R&B, Jesse Boykins III has truly made a name for himself all the way from Jamaica to NYC. As well as his talent as an innovative musician, he’s also constantly breaking boundaries in the fashion world, having evolved into a significant style influencer. Take inspiration from Jesse’s healthy goals below (we sure are):
“More hot yoga.”
“Spend more time by the ocean.”
Having initially earned herself a fashion design degree, Erin Lowder shifted gear and followed her passion for beer, taking up work at the Solemn Oath Brewery. In just over a year she’s become the company’s General Manager of Operations, taking the accolade of the youngest person and first woman ever to do so. Here’s what Erin wants to change in 2016:
“I want to explore more. Sometimes it's hard to find the time to travel but one of my goals for 2016 is to visit as many new and unfamiliar places as possible. You can learn so much, and gain inspiration, by exposing yourself to new things. I'm already off to a good start - I have trips booked for Berlin and Cape Cod. It's always really fun for me to check out new breweries and get familiar with the beer scene in different places, too.”
“Swear less. I tend to have a pretty bad mouth behind closed doors. If I stub my toe or something... the words just kind of slip out."
Josh Kissi and Travis Gumbs of Street Etiquette took to the road at the beginning of the year, making their mark across some of nation’s most notable cities. Their startup creative agency is recognized as an innovator within the fashion world. Josh shared with us his goals for the new year:
"To live this year better than the last."
"Not waiting until the New Year to make changes in my life."
New York-based artist, Amanda Valdez, has crafted out her own niche over the past years, combining fabrics with paints to create mesmerizing shapes and patterns. With her work on display across numerous galleries across the country she has cemented her place as one of the most talented up and coming artists around. She’s keen on staying creative and living in the moment:
“Be present for my art practice, keeping up the transition that 2015 brought of being solely in my studio making art.”
“Set up a record player at home and listen to albums the way I did when I was 16, as an event to sink into.”
Iconic photographer Kevin Russ, has been shooting scenic, intriguing photos since 2003. His adventurous lifestyle lends itself to some quite spectacular imagery, formulating a beautiful insight into Kevin’s life to date. In 2016, he wants to continue to push his boundaries:
“Do something that scares me.”
“Try to support myself in a way I haven't before.”
Andrea Davis-Cetina is paving the way for a new generation of organic farmers across the nation, redefining the traditional farmland journey from crop to farmers market. The 21st century farmer isn’t big on New Year’s resolutions (“too much pressure”) but she shared with us a few things she’d like to change in the near future:
“No more using my smart phone before bed.”
“Read more. Real books in my hand.”
“Allow myself more time to relax away from screens.”
Portland resident Benjamin Holtrop, has been a ground-breaking photographer for a few of years now, leading to his acclaimed position as art director and Instagram trend-setter. What does the creative prodigy want from 2016?
“Travel to Denmark & Tulum, Mexico.”
“Have a meal gathering with friends once a month.”
“Get more of my personal work printed.”
Inspired to make your own resolutions? Show us your progress on Instagram.
Here’s to a new year of embracing exciting challenges, getting outdoors more, pursuing adventures and making sure every moment counts.
Happy New Year – and see you in 2016.