We made it to Mid January!!
Throughout the first days of the new year, after the dust from the holidays settled down and our routines started to get back to normal, we did what we always do immediately after the new year — we took stock of our lives, digging deeply and reflecting upon the previous 12 months and made big bold (and often unrealistic) resolutions to change for the better. Not that there was necessarily anything wrong with the previous year or with us, but because that’s just what we do. (How’s that resolution working out for you??)
In 2015, I started to obsess with Instagram. The main attraction for me on this amaazzzzzing social media venue had always been the photography. If you’re a photographer at heart, like I am, you’ll be thrilled to know that there’s an endless sea of photo’s at your disposal to scroll through. (Well, it’s also a hugeee time soak. So, be prepared and be warned. If you have an obsessive personality like I do, you might want to set a time limit for how much of your day you spend there. Otherwise, before you know it, it’s time to start dinner and you’re still in your pj’s.)
I got hooked on Instagram because of it’s photography, but something wonderful happened as I got more versed in all that was available there. One day I was utilizing the search function and suddenly I stumbled upon an entire creative art community. There were people from all over the world with different talents, passions and gifts that were involved with this social wonderland.
I found photos that calligraphers and artists and poets had posted. Their work carefully portrayed through the lens of a camera for all the world to see. It was gorgeous. Good grief!…I was instantly hooked all over again. I found peace and solace in their words. I found comfort and a sense of belonging in their works of art. I had been a calligrapher when I was first married, which seems like a lifetime ago to me now. I had three young children under the age of 5 so I chose to stay home with them and find some way to make extra money. And, that ended up being calligraphy. I cared for my kids during the day and addressed wedding envelopes at night. It was a fun hobby which turned lucrative for me. That is, until the home computer and printer became a mainstream item in every household across America putting people like me out of business. Suddenly everyone was printing their own envelopes. And, just like that, handwritten calligraphy would become a lost art.
I was so thrilled with this community I had found and quickly became involved. I revisited my calligraphy and my art hobbies. Carefully studying how everyone was applying and utilizing their talents these days. It was like riding a bicycle and before I knew it, I was back at it. I started to design and create journals and planners with artwork and calligraphy for people. Journals that could be used for anything from daily devotionals to weight loss logs. And, planners that could be used for menu planning, goal setting or time management. And,before you knew it, I had opened an Etsy shop to sell my journals. (which you can visit at http://www.etsy.com/shop/journalcreations ) <—shameless plug.
When the end of 2015 rolled around and everyone was making resolutions, I noticed that my Journal/Art community was doing something quite the opposite. Instead of setting themselves up for failure through some unrealistic goal for the following year, they were choosing key words to be “their word” for the year. Words like commitment, involvement, dedication, grace, faith. Their intent was to make this word something that represented their life throughout the next year.
I liked it! It was a fresh spin on an old custom. It was realistic and attainable. And, it would set you up for success. The definition of the word you chose could be something you worked at throughout the year. Honing and bringing it into your life in small steps.
My word? Intentional. I wanted to be intentional in my goals, my faith and my actions in 2016. And so far, I have been. It’s working for me. Success!
So, I’ll ask you again. How are those resolutions working out for you? It’s never too late to do something nice for yourself. Pick out a word! Watch how that word starts to work in your life and how it ends up positively influencing your 2016.