Why New Year's Resolutions Fail - and what you can do instead

January 1, 2015 is almost here and I've got that clean slate feeling going on! I'll bet you know the feeling too - there's a big bright year ahead of you with no mistakes, no failures, no entire days wasted on Netflix. (Damn you House of Cards! And Downton Abbey... and Sherlock)

Here's the thing - January 1st is a day like any other. It just feels different because of the expectations we put on that date.

Art By Gillian

I’ve always been a fan of Gillian’s art and while putting this story together I became even more enthusiastic about her work. While scrolling through her Instagram account (art_by_gillian) I caught myself saying - “Oooooh! This is my favorite,” - only to scroll down to the next photo and say, “Never mind. THIS is my favorite.

Gillian’s style is impossible to pin down. Sometimes her art is intricate and layered, while other times a few precise lines say it all. She uses bold in-your-face colors, and she also embraces a black-and-white palette. Some of her work is whimsical, with an almost comic book quality to it, but much of her art is firmly rooted in reality. And perhaps this diversity is why I am so drawn to Gillian’s work.