used vintage pale texture above
How are you?
It's time to get back on track...here at the Café... back to focusing on art, inspiration, creativity and making our dreams come true...
I know that's quite the statement!! But it's totally what I want to share here. And I'm all about intentions... Stating our intentions is the first step to getting them done!
So.... today I really wanna talk about 2011....and the whole ONE WORD idea!!
Have you picked your word?
I have.... I'm super excited about this!! I can't even tell you!!
So are you ready? Drumroll Please..... wait for it...wait for it..... ready?
My one little word for 2011 is BUILD.
Yeppers... I want to BUILD my relationships, my business, my life, my knowledge, my ideas, my list, my portfolio.... BUILD... i could go on and on!!
And here's the thing... up until yesterday... I was BLANK... okay not blank... I did have a few words... but honestly they just weren't screaming.... pick me.... I'm the word you need for 2011....
When I choose my word SOAR in 2010... I knew beyond a doubt...that SOAR was my word... my perfect word for 2010. It was crystal clear.... And I feel exactly like that about BUILD!
And although 2010 was a year of great loss ... (the loss of Andy and the passing of my Aunt) it was truly the most gifted year of my life.... And I believe I owe that to a year of solid intentions...and declaring it... my year to SOAR.
I wanted to share with you...how my word for 2011 came to me.... cause it is pretty darn cool.
I was doing my 'morning pages'....as per The Artist's Way..... and I decided I would simply start writing ...and see what came. I reflected on 2010 and wrote about it... the good, the bad, the ugly.... I then considered what I wanted out of 2011...wrote it out...just really scratchy....nothing deep or profound...just let it flow onto the page... and then I reread it.... and as I pondered my hopes for 2011... my word simply revealed itself....
So, I have put together a little 5 part exercise...based on how I came to my one little word.... perhaps it may help you..... Grab a pen and some paper... or if you must... open up a blank document and just start typing....But do this with intention.
Like 'Dear One Word... please reveal yourself' kind of intention.
Take your time... Set aside some quiet time.... uninterrupted....
Trust me...this could be the BEST GIFT you ever give yourself!
- What totally rocked in 2010? What awesome things did you accomplish? What did you love most about 2010? What one thing stands out as WOW... that was amazing? Enjoy the process of celebrating all of it!
- What totally sucked in 2010? Get it out there.... write it down...KNOW you don't wanna go there again....and then simply....LET IT GO! Poof.... it's said and done... you did it... it happened... it's over... you may even want to make this a bit of a ritual.... like write it on a separate page ...then rip it up!! throw it in the trash... Burn it... okay... use caution .... we don't want any fires....
- What do you want to see happen in 2011? Get healthy? Get a new job? Start a Business? Learn to paint? Figure out your camera? Live a creative life? Pay off your bills? Travel? Fall in love? Have a baby? List whatever comes to mind..... good stuff!! Don't be scared to acknowledge your hopes and dreams. After all... that's the first step to making them a reality. Let yourself go there! Don't worry about the how... just allow yourself to dream... dream BIG....
- Now really look at those goals... really study them....say them out loud.... ponder them... Can you come up with one word or perhaps several that encompass your dreams for 2011? Write the word or words down. If you have more than one word... say the words out loud... go back to your dreams for the year....and see what works best? Still can't come up with a word... walk away.... come back later... Be sure your mind is set on the intention of gifting yourself with the perfect ONE WORD for 2011.
That's it...that's all.... :)
Okey doke.... here's a few inspiring words to get your mojo going......something to wet your palette.....Get you thinking.
Okay I could go on and on... I would totally love to hear your One Little Word ideas in the comments. Please share...
I have a sweet set of Tuesday Textures for you... this Wednesday. :)
I'm really, really loving these handpainted babies.... Good stuff...
corrugated grunge, faved and vintage pale...
Made with love.... Ben at my feet while I layered and painted, and spattered and glued... 'sigh'
Wanna see them in action?
I rec'd a beautiful gift from my aunt this Christmas. A shoebox full of beautiful antique postcards....
What I love the most about them... is the beautiful hand writing... I used today's textures on all of them..as well as on the winter image at the top of the post... I set the blend mode to soft light on each of the images... for a soft and subtle effect.
used faved on this image - love the texture edges
love the worn edge the corrugated grunge created
a soft and subtle effect using vintage pale
Order Today's textures for $5.00
Before I sign off...
again, I invite you to share your one word thoughts and ideas in the comments.
Let's make 2011... Our Best Year Yet!
Love & Gratitude....xxo, Kim
p.s. need some one little word inspiration? click HERE to check out Ali Edward's One Little Word Workshop....