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Sunday
Jan062013

Rock a Paradigm Shift 

“It's not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What's hard, she said, is figuring out what you're willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.”
Shauna Niequist

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What will you do in the year ahead? Not resolutions. Just an area of focus. Or two.

This is my first little collage of the year... stitched on a 3x5" index card divider {the color and weight of a manila folder}. I'm going to create 365 of SOMETHINGS. I'll start with collage. It might morph into pillowcases or paintings or pumpkin carving for all I know. And by the way, Hanna is doing this 365 collages challenge where she is challenging us to make 365 somethings. I like that idea. 

{Note: There's now a fancy new Flickr group for 365 Somethings: Please join us!}

Many people will focus on a specific WORD for 2013, one word to remind us where to focus, how to be, what project to do next. I have to tell you the truth here, I just cannot figure out my word for the year ahead. So just in case one word doesn't sum up your year ahead, you can pick a few. It will be our little secret. Or you can share your MULTIPLE words in the comments. I'm never scared to go against the grain. And I might still pick one word, I am working on that. 

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Reader Comments (18)

CHANGE is my word for 2012. I know what from and the possibilities of what to, so perhaps DO IT would be more appropriate words! Thanks for your inspiring blog.

01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan

A single word wouldn't work for me, but this year I am practicing (notice not resolving) being present. REALLY being present in my moments, not just attending them. I think I'm going to need all the help I can get there!

01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterACreativeDream

I'm going to try to explore "happiness" for this challenge in all of its permutations (hope that gives me some wiggle room ;-)

I adore all the different elements in your collage as well as the index label "C" (for collage?) The stitching really adds energy to the work, like a bee's dance enticing all that view it to follow along.

01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLadySeishou

I think my word for 2013 is 'Play', as in dabble, experiment, 'what if'... I am finding a lot of different things I want to try out, so I plan to 'play' with them to see if I like them. So far, I have dabbled with dye-na-flow and Batik-EZ and flip & sew. I have purchased a bunch of stencils and stamps, and some Jacquard Lumiere textile paints, as well as screen print ink and india ink and pen. I am also eyeing a watercolor pen, and I just ordered a DVD on Applique quilts... need I say more? I've got some serious playtime in my future! Happy 2013!

01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Sall

I chose EMPOWER as my word. I want to believe in myself more, build my confidence, make changes, and more.

01.6.2013 | Unregistered Commenterkatie romo

Lots of words inform every year and every day. But I think if you do find one to be your 'word' for the year, you will be surprised at how it comes to play in many ways throughout a year. Nothing wrong with going your own way though!

01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I choose Stretch as my word. I have a few others that I also want to work with:
I have Choices, Think Positive, Spend time with people who feed my soul, Laugh more..

I'm sure others will come to mind as the year goes on...

01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBoo

Love your collage! Great list of words - lots to work with.
My word though is Joy - I was finding pain and work were dragging me down and I wasn't finding the joy around me.
I have already started my 365 - just create daily. Love it.

01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBev

You've inspired me to write a post and to join the 365 movement!

http://bunnysgirl.blogspot.ca/2013/01/sunday-wrap-up.html

01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBev

I wa having the same conundrum because I had chosen Play, but that's really only a word for my art life and wanting to experiment with new materials and subjects... but actually reading this helped me combine that goal with my other goals in my head. I'm deciding on Explore. (I think.) :)

01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshton Elaine

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