MAGIC – My One Little Word for 2018

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For the past several years, I have participated in Ali Edward’s class, One Little Word. I have chosen a word for the year and completed several exercises throughout the months to connect to my word. I feel that by choosing a word for the year, I am able to keep focus on what matters most to me at that time. This year my word is MAGIC.

The One Little Word concept fits well into my view on resolutions. I do not make specific resolutions any more. I felt that making a list of to-dos for the coming years was just setting myself up for failure. It was too easy to let that list slip to the side as other obligations arose.

Instead, I choose areas of focus for each year—broad themes that govern how I will spend my time and make decisions in the future. Over the past years these areas of focus have been mainly concerned with my family and home as I had growing children who I was homeschooling. Scrapbooking had always been on the list too because it is the main way I express my creativity.

In 2017, however, I found that my role as mother and homeschool teacher is becoming less and less the center of my life. My oldest is in college now, and my younger two children work on their own much more. I am realizing that I have a new degree of freedom to explore different areas of focus.

So this year, I have two broad areas of focus: creativity and open-mindedness.

Creativity includes exploring new ways of memory keeping, more blogging and other forms of writing, completing personal photography projects, and growing our farm into a more self-sustainable homestead.

Open-mindedness includes continuing a daily meditation practice, exploring different spiritual practices and traditions, further developing my relationship with my horse, and working on becoming stronger and healthier.

So how did I come up the word MAGIC for this year? Well, I looked at all the things I want to do in the coming months and realized that creativity and open-mindedness both instill a sense of wonder in me—creating a sense of MAGIC.

What is your word for this year?

Now go create!

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One Little Word | January 2017

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SLOW. This word came to me near the end of 2016, as my year with the word CREATE was coming to an end. I know that 2017 is going to bring some huge changes to our family. I want to make sure that I enjoy every moment.

Last year was a year of great creativity for me. I took art classes at a local university, scrapbooked hundreds of pages, and worked for four design teams. I started a photography course and began redecorating my house. CREATE was a word close to my heart.

This year will be a year of many firsts. My older son will get his driver’s license, turn eighteen, and go off to college this fall. My daughter will get her driver’s license and begin her college search. My younger son be a member of our local fire department. My husband is buying an office condominium after years of renting.

And I will be watching every minute and milestone go by with love in my heart and a tear in my eye. I just want those moments to go SLOWLY.

I also will be making some changes in my life to bring the word SLOW into my being. I hope to eat healthier food, do more strength training, be more deliberate in the choices I make, and eliminate as much stress from my life as possible.

I will be doing Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class again this year. I find that the class helps me really explore my word and keep it in my life all year.

So here’s to new year and a new word!

Now go create!


CKC March Kit Reveal Blog Hop

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Welcome to this month’s Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal blog hop! You should have found your way here from Julene’s blog. (If you get lost anywhere along the way, just go back to the beginning of the hop here.)

This month our inspiration kit comes from the very talented Ali Edwards–her Click Story Kit. The first thing that caught my eye about this kit was the GREEN–my favorite color! I could not wait to pull together a kit with lots of green.

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To begin my kit, which I am calling Lucky Me, I chose several items from an old Studio Calico kit. This kit has a beautiful watercolor patterned paper with green, grey, and blue, as well as a dark green striped paper that echoes the green in the inspiration kit.

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Since this kit did not have any embellishments, I simply chose those supplies that I thought would coordinate well with my papers and would reflect the designs in the inspiration kit.

I chose several buttons to mimic the circles in the kit. I also included two 4×6 transparency cards–one of which has cute little cameras on it like in the kit.

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Finally I gathered some other embellishments in colors that coordinate with my papers.

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Now hop on over to Leslie’s blog to see her take on this month’s kit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Now go create!