I’ve seen a video clip of world leaders singing Imagine by John Lennon, and it made me teary-eyed. I also went to the hospital for a CT-scan and I’m getting the results in two days. On Thursday I have a test. I’ve started a 100x100cm painting, which I will show to you when my exhibition is opening. I also finished a work in Photoshop for that same exhibition. I’ve seen a baby (shoutout to my man Daniël) and am going to see another one soon (shoutout to my girl Luca).
Now that I’ve got you up-to-date on the latest activities in my life, which are things I am doing, I want to get you up-to-date on what I’m thinking.
I’m thinking this:
2020 will be a great year.
It’s a year in which I will make more but have less.
With that I mean be more creative and channel my energy towards my studies, work, visual art and blog and have less clothes, unused items and intoxicated moments.
I am often focused on the future but 2019 was a great year too. I dabbled in creative disciplines, got accepted for another year of studying and had less items than in 2018. Keep it up, I say to myself on these points.
However, my net worth went down last year. Time to fix it, I say to myself on this point.
How to increase a net worth?
By growing my business, of course.
I have one art exposition lined up and another which I have yet to arrange, but the artistic doors are open for me. It is up to me to take out my acrylic markers and paint my way through them.
I found business cards that I had made in 2015. They were sitting in a box in a box and I thought that I had thrown them away. It made me good how fresh they still looked. Although not entirely current as to which art mediums I’m using, they’re still useable. So I’ll carry some with me everywhere I go. Spread the word the old-fashioned way. I think I’m allowed to hand out cards according to my philosophy. It’s more personal than a Facebook or Instagram advertisement. My personal phone number is on the back (I secretly like it when people booty call me, do people still do that?). If you want some (It’s got a pretty watercolour piece on the front) send me an e-mail at mark[at]markdumanon.com with your name and post address and I’ll mail them to you.
A second way to improve my negative and declining net worth situation is to stop borrowing from Uncle Government. They have set up a system in which I can lend around a thousand euros each month for education, but of course that money’s not only going to education when I spend it. If I lend I essentially spend future money, and I get used to a higher standard of living than I earn money for. When I have to stop lending that will bite me in the ass.
Instead of borrowing I have set up a monthly automatic bank transfer to decrease my student loans. This means that if I complete my studies, I will be closer to being financially free than if I had kept on lending. It is a smaller risk and a more steady tactic than borrowing the money to invest in the stock market. I can always do that later, with money I actually own. It’s not a race, anyway.
A third way to improve my net worth is be more conscious with my spending. Instead of eating out I could buy art supplies, study or sustain this website. I get by now as is, but at the end of my money I usually have a bit of month to get through. I could drink coffee at home, which is just as good. Time to stop saying ‘Fuck it’ all the time, basically.
For me, being happy is about being content with who you are and what you have. A part of that is sobriety; it’s a resistance to the urge to consume. I thought about pouring myself some whiskey since I still have a bottle, but I didn’t do it – that’s a win today.
Something to get a grip on is my smoking. I have often had the urge to quit, but more often have the urge to smoke. I should read Allen Carr’s Easyway to Stop Smoking again, maybe it will do the trick. When I talk to people about quitting smoking they usually say I have to really want to quit, but that seems pretty vague to me. Sure I want to, it’s costing me boatloads of money and it’s bad for my health, but I also have grown accustomed to the taste.
Conclusion: Things to do in 2020
- Make art
- Pay off debt
- Stop borrowing money
- Spend less
- Sell stuff
- Organize house
- Don’t drink
- Stop smoking
Comments on your or my goals for 2020 are appreciated.
Until the next time.