Word of the Year for 2013

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.
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20 Responses
  1. Ruth Slater says:

    A great post that really made me think x

  2. becky in burma says:

    Hi Renee –
    Thanks so much for sharing your word! Wow! Change is powerful + I hope that it brings you the strength you need and whatever you’re looking for!

  3. Stephanie says:

    This is truly inspiring Renée….wow!! Change! You go girl!! That is one courageous word :) I read this somewhere, but I can’t remember who wrote it.

    “Change is the only constant thing in life.”

    I love this quote. It really helped me face change in my own life.

  4. Chandra says:

    This painting is cool! I can’t wait to see the bracelet! I also want to make a bracelet with my words.
    If your ready for change it will happen and I hope your bliss stays around.
    Chandra junipergoods.blogspot.com

  5. Chandra says:

    Oh I forgot to mention I love those flowers, they remind me of Raggedy Ann flowers.

  6. Debi Minter says:

    Renee, you have chosen a BIG word!!! I loved reading about your process and, as always, your mixed media paintings are wonderful!!! I can’t wait to travel (FLY) with you this year as we embrace our Word for 2013. May MANY blessing come your way this year!

  7. Dawn Conery says:

    Hi Renee, Great post and thank you for including the Brave girl letter. It has so much meaning for us all. I can totally relate with your feelings about saying out loud that you are an artist. I have been practicing with that for about a year now and it is still hard to say sometimes. But now even my husband will tell people I am an artist, and I declared it in my blog! These are big Changes in our souls and I admire you for making them in your life. Change is exciting! huggs

  8. Sue says:

    How exciting change is! Such possibilities. ANd I have to agree with Stephanie, Change is the only constant thing in life! Looking forward to a great New Year!

  9. Kristen Conley says:

    I love your mantra and your word! It’s so hard to push ourselves past the “comfort zone” no matter how much we feel is missing. I am so excited for 2013! Change is in the air.

  10. Kathie says:

    I love your art Renee and identify with you marvelous word too! I’ve gone through an enormous amount of change in the past 5 years and I can finally say that I am standing in the light and it was all worth it! I wish for you the same and hope you embrace your word and 2013!

  11. Wendy Poling says:

    Renee, this is an amazing post! I know what you mean about the discomfort of claiming out loud that “I am an artist.” So happy and proud that you own it. :)

    I love that Brave Girls post – it’s funny how they always sound like they’re talking directly to us, isn’t it?

    Sending you best wishes as you evolve and change this year. Here’s to a prosperous, joyful, and creative year!

  12. Michelle says:

    Oh goodness Renee….I just love your word! I slipped away from my Little Bird emails. I must get back to them as they are so inspirational. I’m excited to watch you this year as you make the changes you are dreaming of. <3

  13. Angie says:

    Renee my beautiful and talented friend! I am so proud of you. This word for the year blog is my favourite-shows how far you’ve come, and how bright your future is!

    Going to think about my word for the year, thank you so much for the inspiration, xo

  14. LeissnerArt says:

    Hopping over from the hop. It’s nice to meet you, Renee! I believe that “change is good”!

  15. Michelle Reynolds says:

    Change is a great word and I hope it brings you a wonderful 2013.

  16. Sofia says:

    Great word and artwork! Happy New Year!

  17. Naz Laila says:

    I just loved your thought about your Word and must admit embracing change is such an act of courage. Would love to share your experience of Change in 2013. Hugs

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