The Art of Words

I gave up making New Year's resolutions a long time ago.
Instead, I choose one word at the beginning of each year, 
a word that will serve as a meditation, a 'touchstone' if you will, 
that helps me to focus on something that will guide me through the year.
It's about the overall concept instead of the individual steps to a goal.
[While resolutions just seem to feel like never-achieved, guilt-inducing lists]

In previous years my words of choice have included create, faith, patience, joyembrace...
positive qualities and defining characteristics that I have wanted to put into practice.
(one year it was honestly 'survive', because that's all I dearly wanted to do...)

This year, the word that I chose was inspired by a friend...

click 'continue reading' for my Word of the Year!

My Aunt Diane is not actually related to me... she's more of an 'honorary aunt'.
She and my Mom have known one another since they were toddlers back in the 1940's.
Diane has always been in my life. So were her parents, friends of my grandparents.
And my Aunt Diane is a woman with qualities and characteristics that I find inspiring...
from her nurturing way of reaching out to those in pain (she was a nurse)
and her sense of adventure and openness to life
to her ready smile and contagious giggle, 
the woman embodies joy and charm and ease, 
always looking at life through those proverbial rose' colored glasses.
(no, that is not a typo. I did mean rose' wine.).
She is, in a word, bubbly.

And I decided that I want to be more like her.... so my Word for 2017 is bubbly
I chose this word for other reasons, too...
like the fact that after a few really hard years, it's time to stop grieving and start celebrating.
Celebrating life in ways from small to large, simple to overboard, every day.
Focusing on the good, the happy, the possible, the joyful.
And how better to celebrate with than the imagery of champagne?!

I like having my word around me, as a reminder of my mindset goals, 
so I created a few pieces of up-cycled art with the word bubbly on it...
words in art are a trend right now, and I like the playfulness of it.
I created simple things that didn't take much time at all:

* vintage book pages with my word and the year written in freehand script, 
one displayed on a vintage clipboard.

* a canvas from a thrift store, covered in vintage paper and then embellished with a sketch.
I am actually still working on this one...

* I didn't make it recently, but the galvie bucket with the 'bubbly' label 
is a former creation that I am going to replicate soon.

Along with the word bubbly, I've incorporated some 'symbolic' bubbles into the decor...
like these clear ornaments that I heaped into a clear vase because they look like... well, bubbles!

I'll share more about that (and the ways that I re-used those vintage paper flowers
that I created for our Christmas decor this year) in an upcoming post!

If you were to choose one word to focus on this year, what would it be?
Leave me a comment and tell me your story!

shared online:

Yesterday On Tuesday | Project Inspire{d}

PS: I am a writer, a reader, and a girl who loves words.
You might have guessed that from my talkative posts ;) 
I keep trying to shorten my ramblings, to offer more photo content than words,
but it fails me every time. I just can't help it!
So I guess you're stuck with me storytelling here on the blog - 
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1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of choosing a word for the year, instead of resolutions. Even though I'm a few days late, I'll also choose one to guide me throroughout the year. Thank you for the post!