Hello friends. Can you believe it, we’re already a month into 2018. At the start of the new year, I decided to participate in One Little Word again. I participated in 2016, but I fell behind after a couple of months and eventually gave up. This year, I’ve decided to give it another go and to do things a bit differently.
My One Little Word is INTENTIONAL. My goal is to make some major progress in the area of being more Intentional in my actions. Intentional about being healthier, about what I spend my money on, and about what I focus my time and energy on.
This year I’ve given myself permission to go at my own speed, to not have to “keep up”. I’ve also simplified my process for completing the monthly prompts by containing it all in a Travelers Notebook. I’ve also committed to spending time, every Saturday morning, working on my prompts and reflecting back on the week, seeing where I succeeded in my efforts and where I need to still improve.
January was a good month for me. I put my word into practice and made much better decisions. I cancelled subscriptions that I like, but rarely use. I began walking a few times a week, started sticking to a set amount of calories per day, did a little destashing in my studio, made a few less impulse purchases, and said no thank you to a couple of wonderful extra projects in order to create space for other opportunities.
The main thing that I’ve tried to keep focus on is to make changes that are sustainable for me. Nothing too drastic, no crazy dieting or killing myself with workouts I don’t enjoy. No “no spend” months… just small changes that I can keep up over time.
So far, I’m going strong and I look forward to seeing what February has in store for me.
Hello beautiful friends. Today I’m over on the StencilGirl blog making a frame to hold my word for 2018.
My goal is to make some major progress in the area of being more Intentional in my actions. Intentional about being healthier, about what I spend my money on, and about what I focus my time and energy on.
Surrounding myself with visual reminders, like this frame, is a great way to help myself achieve that goal.
If you read my blog you likely know that my One Little Word for the year is INTENTIONAL. I’m trying to apply this word to all areas of my life including how I spend my money. I want to curb my impulse purchasing of shtuff I don’t need, like my 10th planner or all those art supplies that just end up being given away in a mad destash of my studio. I’m also trying to remember to celebrate my little victories when I make progress in this area. I recently had one of those occasions and I’d like to share it with you.
Ok so we all know that I loooove me some art supplies, especially when they’re available in limited quantities on those discount craft sites! Yeah, I’m a sucker for those. Throw in a website timer to rush me along and I’m done for! Sometimes it seems to all happens in such a blur that I come to feeling like I’ve been art supply roofied and wondering “what did I just buy?”
A couple of days ago I purchased 3 sets of a crayon I was rather meh about just because the price was good and the item is new & shiny. The “limited quantities” in big pink letters only served to seal the deal. I didn’t want to miss out on a good deal, right?!
It wasn’t until after I completed the transaction that I remembered my OLW. Rather than get down on myself, I allowed myself a few minutes to sit with my thoughts. It went something like this…
- Was I intentional in my purchase? Nope.
- Did I really even want them? Nope, not really.
- Why was I meh about them? I already own something similar that I think works better for me based on comparison videos that I watched.
- Do I really think I’ll use them more than once or twice? Nope.
- Why did I buy them? Because… Discount!
So guess what?! I did what I don’t know that I’ve ever done… I canceled my order And I felt good about it… Really good.
I’ve heard that success is a string of small victories. I know that correcting old habits and developing new ones is a process that will take time. This doesn’t mean that I won’t be buying art supplies and other goodies, or that I haven’t since this happened. It just means that I’ll make a concerted effort to be intentional about my purchases rather than simply falling into them without much thought.
I WILL eventually learn to be INTENTIONAL before making purchases, rather than after, but for today I’m celebrating this small victory on my path to success.
One day at a time.
February’s prompt came just in time, as I’ve been learning to positively reframe negative thinking by seeing the positive intention behind people’s words and actions. This month I really put it into practice and worked on it every day.
“Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response”.
For both of the mixed media art cards that I added to my February pages I used a base of layered bits of paper and modeling paste for added texture and dimension.
Some paint, inks, gelatos and stamping added color and visual interest.
I had such fun stamping my card with the little blue hearts that I decided to stamp the whole darn thing! 🙂
As I continue my practice of seeing the positive intent I need to remember to be gentle with myself when old habits creep in and celebrate my successes when new ones prevail.
I snapped this photo while on a recent afternoon stroll on the beach with my Beau.
Thank you for reading and sharing in my One Little Word journey.
A while back I picked up a few kits from Art-C that contained a small accordion book and a mini tin to store it in. I thought they might be a fun and easy project so I gave some away and kept a couple for myself.
The other day I thought it might be nice to create a little box of inspiration to remind me of my OLW for 2016. Something that I could just toss in my bag and carry with me. So I grabbed some supplies and set about to have some fun.
I added some texture using modeling paste and a stencil then sponged and brushed on some grey, silvers & blues.
Additional layers of magenta, more blue and my absolute favorite, Quinacridone Nickle Azo Gold helped created some great depth of color and helped the textured bits pop.
I added some stamping, paint splatters and distressing then edged the accordion book with a black ink pad. Using my labeler, I added a few words that I want to be reminded of whenever I open my little booklet.
I did the same basic process on the outside of the tin, added my One Little Word for 2016, INTENTIONAL, and Voilà my little box of inspiration was complete.
Thank you for reading. I wish you a wonderful week.