Friday, 3 January 2014

Word For The Year

One thing I thought about with yesterday's cards, and then forgot to write about, was needing the hope of the Star because I am still so full of fear.  That, and the reminder to meditate, had me practising yoga while silently chanting Om Krim Kalikaye Namaha this morning, and then sitting to chant out loud.  I also practised kegels while chanting, as one of my biggest fears right now is around the birth of my second child, due in 10 weeks time.  However, I am not just going to hope that Kali will help slash through my fears, I am also going to be proactive and sort out birthing classes, a birth plan, and a hospital bag!

In amongst all this, I have also been working on an art-therapy-type project - my second go round with acrylics.  I have Leonie Dawson's  2014 Create Your Amazing Year Workbook + Planner (that's an affiliate link for Arwen, who introduced me to these).  I didn't go for the biz one this time, as my focus is less on work this year with number two due.  Anyhow, one thing Leonie suggests is to come up with a word for the year.  She also says you could create something to represent that word, as well as just writing it in the planner.

So, I thought about my word, and about what it represents to me, and how I would show that in colour, and you can see the result for yourself :)  It took me four sessions to complete this, so I was very glad of my "stay-wet" palette.  And I enjoyed creating it, even though it won't win any artistic prizes.

This year, I want to nurture myself, nurture my son and my new baby, nurture the projects that inspire me and my own creativity...

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  1. I love all the "active" colors in your Nurture painting. I can't help but think what a different place this world would be if everyone took this word as their key intention. I can't help but think of the Buddhist Thich Nhat Hahn who spoke of how such actions touch everything and radiate outward, even when we don't directly go beyond those close to us: "Peace in our hearts, peace in our homes, peace in our world."

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    1. Hmm, not sure if that is a positive sign, that I will actively nurture, or a comment on my difficulty letting go of "doing" ;) Still, I love that quote, and hope the nurturing vibe will spread!

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  2. Same thoughts different man: Ghandi said: “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”

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    1. Well, don't know how much greatness I'll achieve, but trying is better than not :)

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  3. Great word! I love your word painting. Wonderful idea. I tried to think of a word and I am struggling. I think that's because I honestly have no idea what 2014 should embody. I have been doing a lot of soul-searching in order to find out but I'm still feeling confused. I might get the printed version of the 2014 Incredible Life Workbook. I can't decide if I want the business version or not.

    I think it's beautiful that you're embracing the nurturing thing. I hope it goes very well for you!

    XOXO,
    MM

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    1. I found it really helpful both years to think what I most wanted from the year, in a single word. Sounds like maybe your word at the moment could be "Clarity" :) I hope, whatever you choose in terms of words and workbooks, it will help you move forward with a greater sense of joy and purpose!

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  4. I thought about getting that journal. Still undecided. What a great choice of a word, and the colors are great! :)

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    1. I got the journal last year, too, and found it helpful. I didn't use it as much as I could have, but it still helped me with my direction, and I accomplished a couple of "big dream" goals :D This year, I am doing both less and more - I've actually started an actionable goals book, which I didn't do last year. Not sure how much of them I'll get done, with another baby on the way. Still, whether it's now or later, I find it encouraging to have some idea of where I want to be headed...

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  5. Found you through GreyLady's Hearth and I am doing the Amazing workbooks too! (i posted about my experiences with them here http://theemeraldtoad.blogspot.com/2014/01/amazing-workbook-for-2014-review.html) and my work is Fruition. I love Nurture, its a great 2014 word!

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    1. Hi TT, will check out your blog - it's always interesting to read how other people are being inspired. Fruition is a wonderful word. Last year I chose Creativity, but Fruition has an added sense of manifestation :)

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  6. Great choice of word, Kerry! And such wonderful news about your second child arriving soon. Wishing you health, happiness, love and joy for 2014 xxx

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    1. Thanks, Christiane! Wishing you the same :) And I love your word, too!

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