Thursday, January 3, 2013

One Little Word for 2013

See Martha Heatons's  facebook page Mandala Messages for more info on Word of the Year Mandalas!
My mom started creating these amazing mandalas from letters of meaningful words turned into doodles... This one is MINE!
Action is my word to focus on this year.
This is the first year I have ditched resolutions
(which NEVER work for me ... do they work for you??)
for simply a Word of the Year.
One Little Word to focus on.
Rather exciting.
Less overwhelming. 
More possible.
It has already got the year off to a fabulous start!
My brother moved into his own apartment right before Christmas.
David and I decided  we would turn his old room into a place to store craft and school supplies for the boys, but mostly


 I had no idea how much art related STUFF I have!

Make shift ladder.

I still have lots to do.
Last night though, I hooked up scanners and netbooks and laptops and cords looked like booby-traps set up all over the place, but I accomplished things - In My Studio!
I am excited.
Looking forward to a productive 2013!
Have you picked a Word of the Year?
If you have, what are you doing to stay focused? I've heard of having a piece of jewelry made... creating a piece of artwork...
This is my first year participating and I am loving all the things I see others doing!
I will leave you with one of my most favorite poems, lines from it have been jumping around in my head while I was working on this post.
Much love and happiness for you this New Year!

A Psalm of Life
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream! — 
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act, — act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait. 
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~



  1. Inspiring! Wishing you the best for 'action'. I'm tagging onto that with my 'less' word.

  2. Jess, action is a fantastic word! May it serve you well in the new year. How exciting that you'll have your own space for art! Looking forward to seeing what you create in it!

    Wishing you all the best :)

  3. Jess Action is a great word, much will happen for you I hope. It has been lovely to meet and share with you last year and I wish you a very happy and creative 2013. I have not done the word of the year, but last year Smilie became an important focus. If I have to pick one for this year already, it might be Dance.

    1. Suzi, it has been so nice to meet you too! Best wishes in the New Year- Lots of happy dancing for you in 2013!! <3

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