It is time for my word of the year but first off, I wanted to say HAPPY NEW YEAR and a huge thank you to all my subscribers and followers. You are helping my dreams come true and are deeply appreciated.
I am a part of this amazing group of “Flyers“ and some of us have decided to do a blog hop to share our word of the year. So, if you are starting with me, grab yourself a warm beverage and do the tour, I promise it will be worth visiting all of these talented ladies.
Choosing a word of the year may seem a little more difficult then having New Year’s resolutions, but I think not. It is a good way to keep you focused and on task throughout the year. Although, deciding on which word to go with was a little harder then I expected. My motto which has come to me over the last couple of years is “Follow Your Bliss”.
(I finally got to do some painting today so I thought I would paint my motto and word of the year for when my studio space is ready)
In the past (prior to discovering mixed media) when people asked what I did for a living I would say, “I’m a paralegal, but I have yet to find my bliss”. I am happy to report that I no longer say that. My current answer is “My day job is as a paralegal, but I am an artist”. It has taken me a while as it felt almost arrogant to say that, like “who do I think I am??” Through the love and support of my man and friends, I have finally claimed ownership of my lot in life and man, does it feel great. It has been a busy but amazing year and I am hoping that 2013 will be even better. But I digress. I kind of wanted to let you know where I was coming from when I say I wanted to pay homage to my motto and truly follow my bliss (practice what I preach, so to speak). I kind of knew what I wanted it to be but couldn’t find a “pretty” word to my liking. I then received my ”Daily Truth” from the Brave Girls.
“Dear Courageous Girl,
When clarity finally comes, it is so important to not be talked out of it by voices that are not our own. So often, when we are making difficult choice, other people, other forces and other messages are completely opposed to the decision that is best for our own life. Change is uncomfortable, and we resist change in others often as much as we resist change in ourselves.
Sometimes we just have to keep sacred things to ourselves until our resolve, decision or goal is not feeling so wobbly and timid and fragile. Sometimes we have to give it time to grow and to become strong and solid and clear before it is safe enough to share it.
Remember the peace you felt when the decision was finally made. Remember the clarity you felt when you knew the answer for sure. Remember that you knew it was right. What made it muddy was the outside opinions, preferences and judgments that really have no business making these kinds of decisions for your one beautiful, precious life.
Stay strong, dear girl. You know the way to go. You know what to do.
It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.
You are so very loved.
So, after reading that, flowery or not, I chose CHANGE. I have realized that it does not have to be “pretty”, it is what I want for myself and my family in the next year.
(Chris made the awesome aluminum word plate for me and below is the entire painting. Don’t you just love the felt rolls?)
Some of my favourite CHANGE quotes:
“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.”
“Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown”
“We must become the change we want to see”
Now to make a -to do- list to help myself achieve all of this great change. I think I might also make myself a bracelet with my word as a daily reminder. Look out world, here I come!!!
Don’t forget to head over and visit the talented mixed media artist Michelle Hill
and check out what her word is.