Most of you – especially the ‘diehard scrapbookers’ – know Ali Edwards
and her annual ‘One Little Word’ project. Instead of making a resolution
list at the end of the year, the idea is to choose a word that will guide you
and motivate you throughout the year. It sounds a bit silly maybe, that
one little word can help you all through the year, but I learned it sure does!
The first year I started with this OLW tradition (2010) I choose the word
SMILE, because my life was in a dip and I was rapidly heading towards
becoming a grumpy lady. The word stayed with me all year and made me
focus on the good things in life. Even my artwork became brighter and more
For 2011 my word was AWARENESS
(read my considerations and reasons why in this blogpost)
The word AWARENESS has been on my mind a lot lately. Although it was
there all year long in the back of my head, last months I seemed to really
NEEDED it! I faced some major changes, both in my personal life (my son
moving out) as well as business-wise (teaching a live workshop, starting up
FEATURING – my own magazine) This word kept me sharp. I often said it
to myself: ‘are you truly aware?’ It helped me look further, taking into account
everyone’s emotions, showed alternative ways to go and possibilities and
made me alert to oversee the consequences of different approaches.
Wow, it’s a powerful word!
Last week, out of the blue, my new word for next year arose.
It’s early, I know, it’s not even December yet! It probably has to do with
my new goals for next year.
The due date for the FEATURING team submissions was last week and I had
to make choices. Which people fit the team? It’s never easy to make a choice
and that’s when this word popped up: CORE.
I have to stay close to my core. My wishes, my dreams – what I want this
magazine to be – are the most important thing and I choose people for the
team who I truly feel are capable of helping with that. Reading their resume
and the test-article they wrote, it felt like they had the same vision and view.
My feelings were confirmed by Annemarie, who agreed months ago to be my
text editor and is helping me with the magazine ever since. Annemarie had
chosen the exact same names and had the same ideas about the content of
all the submissions we got! AWARENESS and CORE worked together on this!
Oh, and don’t worry… the new members are informed and the names will soon
be announced on the FEATURING website…
That’s a lot of text I wrote there… hm, time for a picture then.
(yes, there’s only one page to show this time)
The Chronicles of Marit – Week 46
(23 x 31 cm - 9.1 x 12.2 inch)
I know, I know, there’s a lot of blurred text. I had a lot to reflect on and
spit out on the page last week, and I rather keep it private. But you can
see the overall ‘feel’ of the page, right?
And that’s it for today dear ones.
I wish you all a nice week.
Be AWARE and guard your CORE!