Wednesday, January 13, 2016

My word(s) for 2016, 1.13.16

As an attempt to start this year off on a positive note and hopefully, keep that positivity going strong all year (and beyond!), I've been carefully considering my word for the year. Last year my word was legacy and, at the time, it felt very appropriate. I was looking forward to a significant birthday at the end of 2015 and "legacy" was a great choice to keep me focused on the choices I made and the legacy that those choices will leave behind. And, looking back on it, I followed through with that thought in mind all year long. I definitely had some breakthrough "Ah-ha" moments regarding my art, this space (and Olive and Ash in general) and my role as a mother. I'm not gonna lie, though, it was a tough year. But, there were many lessons learned, so it's all good. I'm very certain that any negative memories will become, and stay, very distant memories.

 Here is a little mini-review of my 2015 (similar to my post last year):

Best conversation: An hour and a half long phone conversation with Eddie in the Home Depot parking lot in June.

Most memorable moment in pop culture: I honestly can't think of anything memorable as far as pop culture goes. What the heck?! But.....my most memorable personal moment(s) of the year is watching Eddie watch his wife walking down the aisle at their wedding and three weeks later, at Baby G's first birthday party, when they announced they were expecting a baby (or two!). And that same day, capturing this moment, releasing balloons for Ruben J.

If I had to pick a photo of the year, this would be it.


Biggest lesson learned this year: Forgiveness is mandatory.

Favorite song this year: Beautiful Boy by John Lennon. Obviously not a new song this year, but newly discovered  ;)  




Best piece of advice I got this year: From my mom, "Time to count your blessings".

Day that I would live over and over:  A sweet, simple day, like this one



So, now, my word for 2016. Well, there are two, because I couldn't choose just one. They are:

                                                    Courage and Compassion

I was going to choose 'forgiveness' but that seemed to carry many negative connotations. Courage and compassion are completely necessary for forgiveness, but feel positive. Pretty good words, I think.

And I also decided on a mantra for the year... "Simply begin again"- chosen after another "ah-ha" moment listening, again, to this.

So, expect some writing about 'courage', 'compassion' and 'simply beginning again' in future blog posts, because they have been heavily on my mind lately and, I think, will be the best guiding words for me in 2016.

I'll leave you with some images of what I've been up to lately. Basically, it's all about organizing my house and getting ready for those two new grandbabies who will be here in 3 weeks. What a great way to start the year! Can't wait to meet you, baby girls!

The making frenzy has begun!


Couldn't pass up these adorable little India-inspired dresses and leggings. So cute!



And, inspired by this, I set up a little home office area in our living room, between two windows. It's still a work in progress, but I'm kinda loving it already. Great place to blog!




Perfect spot for my Kelly Rae print...


...and my new tray (I have a thing for trays-love them!)- a Christmas gift from my mom and dad.



And, now, I'm hoping for more of these:





Yes, a few snow days would be great right now. My studio is in dire need of some TLC and I know there are a few pieces of canvas in there that are waiting patiently for some paint and stitches.

Lots to look forward to and I'm hoping you have the same. Have a great week! Juli

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