one little word | dec 2020 …

Well, here we are at the end of this unprecedented year in humans’ lives and when/what the end will be is anybody’s best guess. I certainly have no ideas…just hopes, dreams, wishes, desires. Friday marks the beginning of 2021 – most of us are anxious for the new year to come, hopeful that this long chapter of human suffering and loss will end. And with the end of 2020, also comes the choosing of a new word for 2021. I am still pondering mine tho’ I’m 99.9% positive that I have settled on the track I intend to take; I do know that my 2020 word: habit will continue to play an important role in my relationship with my new word and the 365 days of 2021.

I shared last month that I would not be hosting the 2021 monthly linkup. I’m delighted to announce that Carolyn of https://youroneword.com/ graciously offered to host for 2021. Clearly, this is a natural transition. Thank you Carolyn (and kudos to Carole of Carole Knits, who also offered to host). And thanks to you for joining me and sharing your 2020 word journey in this space.

Here’s to a better – much! – 2021!

Cheers~

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one little word |nov 2020 …

Just 31 days to go … I’ve noticed that during this year of Covid-2019, my word habit has served me well and well, not so well. The latter because other events and external events changed things over which I have no control – or perhaps, in some instances, I chose not to exercise any control? Certainly a question that I will ponder over the next 31 days.

Usually this time of the year, a new word presents itself… thus far, not so. Over the years, I’ve flirted with quite a dictionary of words – perhaps I’ll reconsider and choose one, again … a thought occurs that perhaps I might revisit several on a quarterly basis. In the meantime, I shall continue to focus on my 2020 word habit to guide me through these next/last 31 days of 2020. I have an ambitious agenda set out for December 2020 and I will need to depend on habit to keep me focused, productive, creative, satisfied, relaxed and able to say YES to NO!

Our last link up for 2020 is Tues, Dec 29. I won’t be hosting the linkup in 2021; I hope there is someone who will be able to take over. If so, please touch base so we can make the announcement on the 29th. Have a great December, stay well and safe!

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thinking

  • looking: at the calendar – amazed that there are just 10 days left in the month*;
  • calculating: 41 days left in this year;
  • wondering: could that really be so?

grateful

  • reminiscing: Norman and I both celebrated trips around the sun; it is fun that our age numbers are reversed and that the sum for each of our two digits is the same;
  • enjoying: the crispness of a lovely autumn day;
  • appreciating: the good days vs the not-so good ones as we navigate N’s type 2 diabetes…

inspiring

  • afternoon walks through the park;
  • listening to a variety of podcasts – my fave still: Happier with Gretchen Rubin as a walking companion;
  • the joy and ebulation of the election..

fun

  • Wed evening, I joined Modern Mrs Darcy’s Book Club’s visit with Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow.  She is a delightful person and the book is definitely on my TBR list.

 

Have a great weekend!

Cheers~

*A note: I realized, looking at the calendar that 24 November is the fourth/last Tues of the month. Since it is so close to Thanksgiving, I’ve decided to schedule the link up for Tues 1 Dec. We’ll wrap up 2020 with the last OLW link up Tues, 29 December.

 

one little word/oct 2020…

Two months left in this year for time with my word: habit. This is my second go-round with the word and even tho’ 2020 is soon to end, I’m sure my relationship with habit will live on…how could it not? One thing I’ve learned – or at least had underscored this time: habits are made without one’s really realizing that’s happening. Some are good; others, not so. Some are easy to establish; many – and perhaps these habits are the most important to cement – are difficult if not just plain elusive.

Thirty days ago, I announced a plan to create an art activity following the 12 noon Daily Pages session, thinking to so do would make a natural progression. In theory, yes. In actuality, no. It didn’t happen. Something or someone (as in moi ) generally upended my momentum. This time around, I think I’ll try before rather than after.

My agenda for these next 65-66 days of 2020 is full – in addition to just the stuff of life. Plans and ideas conceived in 2019 abruptly cancelled by Covid-19. Some may still come to fruition. Others abandoned. New ones imagined. Usually, this time of year, my word for the new year has arrived; this year, not yet.

In the meantime, I shall continue with finding the sweet time for creating art.

How has your word shown up in your life this month ? Please share via the link up and if for any reason you have a problem, do include a link to your post in the comments. Thank you for joining in and sharing your one little word experience.

Cheers~

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one little word/sept 2020 …

Last month I wrote I was going to establish a new habit: daily art journaling. My plan – simple:

  • decide/schedule time between 6 A.M. and 6 PM;
  • keep it visible, track and 
  • share

I did not achieve that goal: my daily schedule was/is revised a bit. The time I thought I’d devote to creating this new habit was preempted. – which is OK and understandable in that I’d not figured in a factor over which I have no control. So, it’s back to the drawing board … and a different approach.

The key to success, in addition to including the activity on my daily agenda, lies in [my] tying the new habit to an existing one – a technique called habit stacking. So, the revised plan is to:

  • tie the habit to my M-F 12 Noon Daily Pages activity – which I really enjoy;
  • have an idea of the day’s focus and supplies at the ready;
  • keep it simple – therefore doable;
  • share on this blog and/or Instagram.

Clearly, not everyday will result in achieving the goal as outlined but I’m banking on having more rather than less success at October’s end. Watch this space.

How has your word been manifested this month of September? Please share via the link up and if for any reason you have a problem, do include a link to your post in the comments. Thank you for joining us and sharing your one little word experience.

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one little word/aug 2020 …

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Last month, I wrote: “A prediction: August will provide more results of  my new habit: messy art journaling. Yes? How? Why? Everyday, I not only schedule time for the activity, I spend the time so engaged and that is how a habit is made.”

My focus was to mess around with messy art journaling. Dinna happen. No pudding. No proof. Thinking: why my prediciton didn’t materialize, why I didn’t realize, accomplish my goal, what I did create – instead, I’ve concluded that I am not a messy art creating person … my tendencies lean more towards the other end: perfectionism, and that, I hastily add is also not who or what I am – perfect. I  do own up to being, as Brené Brown says ” perfectly imperfect.” I’m OK with that for it keeps me honest and real.

September is just around the corner – can you believe? – and I am thinking ahead to my focus, about the vision I desire. This is how I accomplish -with just a few tweaks- the new habit I aim to create :

  • change messy art journaling to daily art journaling;
  • decide/schedule time between 6 A.M. and 6 PM;
  • keep it visible, track and share! and finally
  • Begin Today!  there is no better time than now!

How has your word shown up for you this month of August? Please share via the link up and if for any reason you have a problem, do include a link to your post in the comments. Thank you for joining us and sharing your one little word experience.

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one little word |july 2020 …

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Good morning! I am amazed that the month of July is nearly over…and that, in less than 5 months – December – we’ll be saying in : “In just 4 days, it’ll be 2021!” Certainly, 2020 will go down in the books as the year to remember.

Last month I wrote that my intention was to carry on with messy art journaling – and I have but my art is not nearly as messy as I think I want. Perhaps “messy” is not my style but I think it’s too soon to make that call. The images in the above photo collage represent the activities and colors that garnered a large portion of my creative attention and energy in July: Nature. Reading. Knitting (my 100 day project). Walks. Slowly, these photos and others plus snippets of collage materials from magazines, paints and stamps are making their way onto the pages of various art journals, scrapbook albums and eventually as small art quilts. I am convinced that I would not have made as much progress – if any? – had life not been circumscribed by Covid-19.

A prediction: August will provide more results of  my new habit: messy art journaling. Yes? How? Why? Everyday, I not only schedule time for the activity, I spend the time so engaged and that is how a habit is made.

In this month of July, how has your word shown up in your life? Please share your link below and if there are problems, add the link to your post in this blog’s comments. The linkup expires August 4, 2020.

I look forward to reading  about your July 2020 One Little Word experience. Thanks for sharing.

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one little word |6.30.20 …

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Birdsong @ Sunrise – 5:51am /6.30.20

Last month I wrote about my desire and intention to resume some form of daily art journaling, a practice I abandoned, perhaps 5-6 years ago. Why ? I know not. This time around, I think I want to be messy – but, that’s not really me, my style, despite the fact that I someitmes leave my computer desk in a state of messy. If I’ve been there too long and tired overwhelms, I put the computer to sleep and walk away until the next day. I don’t do this often but it is a habit . And I must admit, since we’re on the subject, that is exactly what I did last night.

Over the past two months, I hae been creating some form of art – though I wouldn’t call it messy, on an almost daily basis. My canvasses are small, ranging in size from 3.5 x 5.5 inches to 5.25 x 8.5 inches. I  find that doing this daily is causing the juices to flow a bit.  I look forward to the daily break and miss it when I don’t make.  I’d have to say that this definitley is  a habit in the making … including my quest to try my hand at messy art journaling. 

I wonder how July will fare?

In this month of June, how has your word shown up in your life? Please share your link below and if there are problems, add the link to your post in this blog’s comments. The linkup expires July 7, 2020.

I look forward to reading  about your June 2020 One Little Word experience. Thanks for sharing and have a safe July 4 holiday.

Cheers ~

PS. Ever wonder why birds sing at sunrise? Read on.

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one little word|5.26.20…

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Drop by drop is the water pot filled. ~ Buddha

Over these past days, correction, months, of social distancing and staying at home, I’ve been more conscious of the minutes, hours, passage of time. I suspect we all have as shared by news and social media tales of how we are coping – or not – world wide. I know the rhythm of my days has certainly changed; I suspect there won’t be a return to what was and in many ways, that is A-OK with me…for I am liking the flow and new habits that I am creating. That’s good.

On my bucket or someday maybe – list, has been a wish: resume the practice of art journaling. Ten years ago, when I first retired, I did a lot of art journaling. I drifted away. I’m not sure why or how. Lately, I’ve found myself dabbling in messy art. Could this be the reawakening? Or just a passing fancy? Only time will tell but in the meantime, I am enjoying the reconnection.

There are other habits on my list I wish to resume, start  or stop. But before I tackle them, I shall focus on cementing my reconnection with messy art journaling, my unrequited love?

How has your word shown up in your life this month? Please share your link below and if there are problems, add the link to your post in this blog’s comments. The linkup expires June 3, 2020.

I look forward to reading about your 2020 One Little Word experience. Thanks for sharing.

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