One Little Word 2013

A new year.  A new word.  I’m participating in Ali Edwards One Little Word class.  I participated (using that term VERY loosely) in 2012 and 2011.  You can read about it here and here.  This year I hope to actually get past the January assignment.  I try to incorporate my word into my life throughout the year; it’s just those assignments that I don’t complete.  And they are fun assignments.  It’s those P’s affecting me.

If you look back to 2012, you’ll see that I have the same word in 2013.  You should pick a new work each year, but I just couldn’t do it.  I tried.  Organize was shouting loudly and clearly to me!  So, organize it is . . . again.  Last year I said that by organize, I didn’t mean a closet.  But I organized my clothes closet in 2012 and it felt good.  Really good.  Same word, but I’m approaching it in a different manner.  And Ali Edwards’ new prompts are perfect.

We’re to use our word in numerous ways.  A different way for each month.  Perfect.  Although, most people aren’t doing anything quite as practical as I am attempting.

1.  Organize my organizing!  Enough said.

2.  Organize my money.  I know where every penny comes from and goes in my business.  Personally, I don’t have a clue.  I’m going to find out this year.

3.  Organize my computers/iphone/ipad.  I need to do a lot of file archiving, cleaning up and of course, BACKING UP!

4.  Organize food and recipes.  Tax season is an extra difficult time to eat healthy.  It’s not just the time to prepare, it’s that age old “what’s for dinner?”  My mind only thinks in terms of taxes — I’m useless in the kitchen.  Need a plan now.

And the list goes on and on for 12 organizing items.  I’m sure you’ll hear about them as the year goes on.

Choosing a word is a wonderful way to set intentions for the year.  Our little Fly Tribe has a whole blog hop about it.  Visit some sites — I think you’ll enjoy it.  What’s your word for 2013?

Fly Tribe Anniversary – Giving Flight

A year ago, I signed up for Kelly Rae Robert’s e-course, Flying Lessons.  I don’t think that any one of us could have predicted the friendships that would develop from the private Facebook group.  Not only do we share our creativity, but our daily ups and downs, our very lives.  Regardless of what is going on in your life, there is always a fellow flyer to support you.  In celebration of our one year anniversary, we decided to “give back”.  Ideas buzzed around, and before long we had collected enough money to sponsor eight spots in Kelly Rae’s 2012 Flying lessons.  And to top it off, Kelly Rae has generously agreed to match our sponsorships.  Sixteen sweet spots!  Read all about it here (link goes live at midnight CST), and you could be a lucky winner.

Our blog hop is about giving back.  In addition to the Flying Lessons, we have all been concentrating on other ways to give back.  It reminds me of something Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  I am so proud of our little group.

My give back is and has been for several years, Women For Women International.  Through their sponsorship program, they not only provide food and shelter but teach women the business skills and job training they need to provide for themselves and their families.  When I read these stories of courageous women who overcome unimaginable obstacles, I am reminded of how blessed we are in our country of freedom.

Join the love and check out more give back stories from fellow flyers.  And a special thanks to Susan for creating our awesome logo and collecting the money, and to Rachel for setting up and coordinating our blog hop.  And to all of the fly tribe.

Janet Forrest

Cat Athena Louise

Stacey Bockness Curry

Kris Lanae Binsfeld

Renee Burke

Mary Sterk

Michelle Reynolds

Constance Rawlins

Kelly Hoernig

Cindy Jones Lantier

Kathleen Conard

Claudia Dow

Susan M. Walls-Beverly

Linda Barutha

Linda Kinnaman

Cheryl Dossey

Sofia Dabalsa

Jill Lambert

Sally Rose

Ursula Smith

Deborah Eaton

Lori Leissner

Creative Clearinghouse

Lenore Angela

Katharina Star

Rachél Payne

Sherry Richert Belul

Deborah Velasquez

Shannon Etnyre & coming soon

Live Laugh Love Retreats

Kelley Miller Artworks

Wini Dougall

Carol Bray

Tracy Yarbrough

Diane Enright

Jamie Burch

Mary Cottingham

Susan Dietz

Lori Moon Studio

Kim Hyer

Tina Carlborg

Catherine Pistone

Mary MacIlvain

Love of Art Blog Party

Our Fly Tribe is hosting a Love of Art Blog Party.  It’s February, so it has to be “love”.  And it’s tax season, so I’m a bit short on time.  But yes, I believe in love — love of art, that is.

It was just a little over a year ago that I with tiny steps began this creative journey, and it has truly been a blessing.  I have had so much fun trying out different techniques, viewing all of the fantastic art out there, getting to know some absolutely wonderful artists, and just piddling.  It has truly been good for my soul, and I don’t want to ever abandon my need for the creative again.

These ATCs are ones that I made for our Fly Tribe February ATC swap.  I did a series using a photograph of my maternal grandmother.

She died at the age of thirty from cervical cancer, and I have always been drawn to this haunting photograph.  I don’t know if it’s unhappiness or sickness or maybe just the pose of the times.  But it felt good to put her on my ATCs knowing that she could be traveling as far as Australia.

There is a lot of Love of Art sharing this week.  The link at the top right takes you to more posts.  Enjoy and do your soul good.

Fly Tribe Blog Hop

Our Fly Tribe from Kelly Rae Robert’s Flying Lessons e-course is getting creative again.  We’re doing a blog hop about our “word” for 2012.

Here I blogged about starting again this year with Ali Edwards’ One Little word project.  ORGANIZE is so, SO my word this year.  Hey, I had the pre-class assignment up before January first.

In the class, January’s assignment is a 9 pocket page defining our word, it’s various forms and focusing on intentions for 2012.  Last year in this class I struggled with the supplies.  This year I have scrapbook paper, stamps, fonts and best of all — some of my own art to include.  Above is my mermaid from our last blog hop shrunk smaller than I thought was possible.

Yes, I want to do so many things.  The only way to do even half of all the things I want to do is to be organized.  “Whip into shape” — isn’t that a great synonym!  That’s my plan — I’m going to whip my life into shape; not organize a closet — although they could use it.

“With this word, I invite into my life…” — a powerful thing when we intend.  Order, structure and accomplishment are good things.  But calm is a big thing for me, and with my word, that is exactly what I am inviting into my life in 2012.  I don’t want to spend the year resembling the woman above in my little pen sketch I did for my financial blog.  I have spent too much of my life in that frazzled state, and I am excited and looking forward to organizing!
I hope you visit the other members of our Fly Tribe’s blogs.  All these “words” are adding up to a lot of creativity in 2012.  Here’s the list with links to them all.  And a special thank you to Rae Payne for creating our Fly Tribe Word Hop badge.  Enjoy, and be inspired.

Fly Tribe Get-Together

What an exciting day!  Yesterday in Louisville, I met four fellow classmates from Kelly Rae Roberts e-course “Flying Lessons.”  And what a treat!  Kathleen Conrad, Kelley Miller, Kelly Hoernig and Deborah Eaton were all an absolute delight to meet.  We talked for hours (and I do mean HOURS) about art, life and our journeys.

And if this wasn’t exciting enough, the gifts I received took the experience over the top.

 This beautiful tag came fromKelly Hoernig, and she answered all my questions about her process.

A gorgeous pendant with my word (can you believe it — MY word for 2012!) on it came from Kathleen Conrad.  Of course, I had a ton of questions about her process of using resin which she patiently explained.  A unique reminder to be “organized” in 2012.

Kelley Miller’s work has been a favorite of mine since the beginning of the class, and now I have my own original.

I have been truly blessed by all of the caring souls from this class, and to have been able to meet four of them in person was a memorable experience.  Can’t wait to do it again, and much thanks to these four beautiful souls.