One Little Word

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Every January I try to come up with one little word – a theme, if you will – to represent the upcoming year.

And every February it completely slips my mind.

By the time December rolls around, when I’m flipping through the pages of my journal and scrolling through blog posts, reviewing the year, I feel like a failure.

So this year I’m trying something different.

My one little word is actually the theme of the last few months of 2015:  SMALL.

“These days I’m careful not to colour the world “small” in negative shades, as if it were something to run from or escape.  I want to start small because I’m human and dependent, not in hopes that my small will grow into something bigger.  Jesus will give me the grace to stay there even when it hurts and even when it’s hard.  I want to stay small in his presence, not because I’m scared, but because I’m his.  I want this to be a relief rather than a frustration.  Small things don’t always turn into big things.  But all big things begin small, especially in the Kingdom of God.”  (Simply Tuesday, Emily P. Freeman).

One Little Word

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I’ve spent the past few weeks trying to come up with a word of the year for 2015.  I skipped the project last year, figuring my only real goal, that of survival, wasn’t exactly fitting – but after a year of struggling to balance being a stay at home mom with essentially full-time work from home hours, I feel ready to try again.

My one little word for 2015 is Be.  I’ve shared before that I’m much better at doing than at being – I’m Martha, hands down!  With that being said, this year I want to

Be present.

Be grateful.

Be myself.

What’s your “one little word” for the new year?

Vision Board

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Last week Susan shared her idea to start an Art Therapy Journal as an adventure for the new year and invited readers to join in.   Assignment #1:  Make a 2015 Vision Board.

I spent a happy Saturday evening creating my masterpiece – I forgot how much fun colouring is!   I’m not much of an artist so I went with a collage instead.  That amazing background is all me, though!

My vision for 2015 includes writing (and writing and writing and writing!) – about the real things, the hard things, and the personal things.   I enjoy writing about rain rot and hoof abscesses as much as any equine journalist, but I have bigger goals for myself than that, and 2015 is going to be the year to make them happen!  My vision for the year also includes moving into a house (pictured is my Grandma’s house in New Brunswick – don’t you just love that wraparound porch?), buying a horse (sorry Nathan, but you know it’s inevitable!), and of course lots and lots of quality time with my two favourite sidekicks.

Do you have a Vision Board for 2015?  I would love to see it!