Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Word of the Year!


There has been talk about choosing a word of the year. I have chosen words for myself over the years to help me remember what I need to do or become. The first word I chose oh, 10 years ago was smile. When I remembered this word and used it over and over I did smile and was happier. I used this word to help me get through many mental blocks. The second word I used was strength. I felt at the time I needed strength to get through life. I strived to be strong in everything I did. It was many years of this word over and over to help me develop strength. It helped change my view of myself. Then I chose wisdom as my word for many years. I really wanted to be wise to know how to be in the world with wisdom knowing all. 

So now here I am in the beginning of January 2013! I am ready for new words. I am in a group of women who are Artists and they have been talking about how to choose a word for the year. I can do that! So I thought and thought. Last night my words came to me. Not one but two this time! Wow, I said to myself, I am ready for changes. The words I picked are Growth and Joyous. 

So what do you do with these words you choose for yourself? Yesterday I had a mixed media meetup. It was so fun! There were 8 women who came and created their own mixed media art piece. It was great to see Artists in person and talk about all their projects. One woman talked about words of the year and how she is doing all these different things with her word. Like look up the definition. I liked that! Here are the definitions from the dictionary for my words. 


Definitions written in KRR's book


I also picked out a book to write quotes, definitions and anything I wish to write about these words.

My book from KRR for my words
I am growing. I look at my business and see changes and growth. I am increasing and developing my artistic abilities. Yay! I can't wait to see the GROWTH I have this year!

A mandala I made with growth in mind
An Artist in my Flying Lessons group has a mother who makes beautiful mandalas out of words. I thought that was a great idea. But I prefer to do it myself to really get to know the word. Use it over and over again. That's how it really sticks.

Some inspiration for my words 
 I also created some pictures with my words on pic collage! I love this app. It is wonderful! See how my words turned out! Lovely indeed!





I think JOYOUS came to me in my sleep last night. I was thinking how I would like to master being happy in everything I do. If I make a mistake, happy, If I have difficulty in life, happy. I know that these are lessons in growth. 
Remembering to be joyous in all I do. Like this lovely Artist Cori Dantini says in this picture below, "Joyous Living a challenge worth taking"

Cori Dantini I love her art!
I drew this for Joyous

 It feels great to share my words with you! I have never shared them before in all my years of choosing words for myself. I can't express how happy I am to be a part of a community of Artists. I didn't know I was craving this community before. It is fun to have my virtual Artist community and my Personal Artist community. There are many ways to use your word of the year. All of the above and more! I have seen jewelry made with the words. I know I will be working on this for myself. I am just learning to stamp in metal. I'll share this with you in a future post. So I hope you choose a word or words for yourself this year. Enjoy ( the first word I thought of using this year but chose joyous instead ) the power of repetition and imagination with these words. Have a wonderful New Year filled with personal inspirations and love.

Chandra

Now hop on over to Nazmoon Laila's blog to find out what her word of the year is...

23 comments:

  1. I love the picture for growth! Fantastic words! Happy New Year to you. I know your whole year will just be filled with joys and I see the growth in your business! Yay for Chandra!

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    1. I like how that turned out too with a crown above. Thanks 😊

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  2. Chandra - these are wonderful words, and they seem to go hand in hand. I love the mandala and drawing you made to connect with your words. So excited to see all your joy and growth this year!

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    1. Thanks 😊 I hope we can have a Ca retreat sometime soon! It was fun meeting you in person! I love your bear!

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  3. Hi Chandra -
    I loved reading your post and really enjoyed the photographs, too! Looking into your art journal (for your word) was really inspiring; and how great that it was a KRR journal! That's perfect! Your own art was really lovely and bold.

    Can't wait to see what happens this year + I'm happy to be part of that KRR community with you!! <3

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    1. I was so excited to find this journal!

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  4. Hi Chandra!! What a beautiful post!!!!!! I love all the photos you chose, and ESPECIALLY the art you made with your word! That's something I will be doing this month as I see where "LIGHT" leads me! May this year be filled with MANY blessings in your life as you explore growth and joy! I'm very grateful to be able to "FLY" with you this year and see all the many changes in all of our lives! HuGGs!!
    Debi

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    1. I think making art with your word really helps to make it sink in and using it throughout the year in many ways also helps. Thanks lets fly away....

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  5. Hi Chandra, love your name! And your post is beautiful too. I can't wait to do some art with my word too. Yours is very inspirational! And that tree photo is awesome! Joyous Growth sounds perfect! huggs

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    1. Thanks I took the pic from a FB post it's amazing I can't tell if it's real or what, but I like it.

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  6. I love our group! I love joyous growth! And your drawing of joyous is my fave! How perfect. I would love to find local artists I can create with on a regular basis. I am so happy you found them <3 Happy new year my flying Chandra!

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    1. Maybe if you come up this way we can meet! Or if I ever get down there we could meet. I had a great time with Wendy this week she came to the shop. I love our group too and I hope we can have a Ca retreat sometime soon!

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  7. I just love all the ways you showed how to embrace your words and think I will try some of them out myself... great ideas! Your words are very powerful and wonderful and I wish you many "joyous" moments with them in 2013! I'm happy to be your sister in flight!!

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    1. Yes using your words in art is a great way to be reminded of them! Happy New Year!

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  8. Beautiful words for 2013 Chandra! I love your mandala and your photos with your words. Such vibrant and happy words and colors. May your year be filled with much growth and joy!

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    1. 😊I love the mandala too! It was my first one. I think I will make more. I love the background it's acrylic spread with a credit card kinda looks like jeans.

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  9. I have one of your cards in my deck from the Inspirational Card Deck Swap.... I love it!

    Thank you

    Karen

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    1. Does that mean I have one of yours? I'll have to look for it. I love the inspiration deck. It's so great! Thanks 😊

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  10. Loved your two words , a fantastic combination. Your photos with the words and the journal are very inspiring and beautiful. Have a great 2013.

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  11. Love the idea of having a word related journal, think I might steal that :) The tree trunk a la femme photo is so inspiring, great post!!

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