Come the new year, you may think what you need to do is get your things organized. I did a series of posts on that subject last year and I would encourage you to re-read them, or read them for the first time. But I think there is something even more valuable for you to do.
For four years now I have been doing the One Little Word project (click on this category from the list on the right if you want to see my posts on the subject).
Every year I struggle a bit with remembering to be engaged with my word. You know how that goes…January, right on top of it but by summer it’s way off somewhere in my mind. Well, last year I did a couple of things to keep it more current in my thinking. For 2011, my word was STORY. First I took a Big Picture class called Yesterday and Today. I don’t know when it will be offered again but it was so good and I really recommend it. It was all about writing stories about your past and stories about today and stories that include a little of both.
Along with that class, I also signed up for and took Allie Edwards’ One Little Word class at Big Picture. It made such a difference and I can not say enough about how valuable this was for me. This class costs $36. Drink one less Starbuck’s latte a month and take this class! You will get one “prompt” each month. The prompt includes handouts, photoshop/Adobe .pdf files to print for the monthly project, and a short video presentation by Allie. The projects are a great combination of art, writing, and picture taking. I am so looking forward to doing it again this year. I urge you to consider it too. As Allie says, “These words have each become a part of my life in one way or another. They’ve been embedded into who I am, and into whom I’m becoming. They’ve been what I’ve needed (and didn’t know I needed). They’ve helped me to breathe deeper, to see clearer, and to grow.”
I have ordered the We R albums and C-Line page protectors that she recommends in the class supply list so it will be really easy for you to get what you need right at Creating Lasting Memories. They should be in by the middle of next week. Oh, my word for 2012? FOCUS. “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:2) Don’t know where that is going to take me this year, but I’m excited to begin the journey and to see where it will lead. So join me! I know you will be glad you did.
PS I am also planning on doing another 365 project. It’s been four years and I think it’s time to do it again. The 365 project is a photo project where you take at least one photo every day. You don’t have to do anything with them if you don’t want to. But you can also use them for layouts (once a week? once a month?). All I know is that I took more photos that year (2008) than every before or since, I learned a ton about my camera and it gave me an eye for the ordinary as well as the special events of my life. A variation on that theme is to take a specific kind of picture everyday, like a photo of the clouds, or a photo of the sunset, or a photo of the ocean (since we live by the sea).