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In years past, I’ve sometimes made New Year’s resolutions and sometimes not; but as noble as the idea sounds, I’ve always felt they are rather pointless because they just wind up being a source of disappointment by highlighting a person’s shortcomings in the end.
I found this article about skipping New Year’s resolutions and simply choosing a word for the coming year. It can be anything – noun, verb, adjective – just one word.
I have to say I really like this idea – it’s the opposite of depressing!
I think picking a word for the year could be an optimistic, uplifting, encouraging, inspiring, and (dare I hope?) motivating thing. All the things that people wish for in a resolution.
I cannot fail at a word because it’s just a word.
A word can have multiple meanings, and allow for more thinking outside the box, compared to a resolution.
It could be fun to discover new ways to define a word in relation to your everyday life.
After much pondering, I have chosen a verb as my word, mainly because I feel the need to be active somehow. My word for 2013 is Create. It has a number of meanings and its origin (creatus) is related to the word crescere which means “arise, grow”.
I’m sure I will become aware of many ways Create applies to my life during my daily routine throughout the coming year. I can’t fall short and I won’t forget my word by the middle of February. =)
Feel free to join me in choosing a word for 2013, whether it’s Create or another word that speaks to you. (And if you do, please share your word in the comments!)
Happy New Year!
This week it occurred to me that all creative things begin with The Mess. To create something beautiful, chaos is apparently required.
You want to paint something? Pull out the drop cloth, newspapers, and old paint clothes or smock.
Decide to cut some wood for a home improvement project? Pull out the vacuum.
Even creating a meal is messy!
I can only imagine how messy a sculptor’s studio would be during a project or how messy an author’s desk can be mid-book. (Oh wait, I don’t have to imagine that – I have a messy desk right in front of me and I’m not an author.)
Lest you get the wrong impression from previous posts that my sewing room is always neat & tidy, here’s The Mess currently loitering on my cutting table:
I will spare you the view of the unruly piles in my guest room. And I’ll show you the home improvement project when it is finished and no longer cluttering the den.
Making The Mess is easy. It’s the getting past the messy stage to produce the art that is the challenge!
Recently, I’ve been enjoying some random blog surfing and finding some interesting new blogs to follow. I’ve been inspired by many and glad to see so many others learning to sew or improving their skills.
The common theme right now seems to be people questioning their abilities and/or idiosyncrasies.
So here’s a little encouragement for all my fellow stitchers, seamstresses, costumers, sewists, seamsters, and crafters:
May your scissors always be sharp and all your thread stay tangle-free! Happy sewing & crafting!
And here’s a video I found inspiring, hope you do too: