Wednesday, June 1, 2011

One Little Word Blog Hop - June Edition

Hello and Welcome to the One Little Word Blog Hop! If you came here from Jamie's blog, welcome! You made it to the right place.  Grab a drink and stay awhile! I love visitors!

If you are a regular reader, you already know the drill! ;) The entire hop goes live at 8:00 a.m. Pacific (11:00 my time) so if you are early, just check back later to catch everyone!

My one little word for 2011 is "happy". I am focusing this year on what it means to be happy, what makes me happy, how mindful I can be about choosing happiness.  Sometimes choosing to be happy can be a challenge.  Like when your husband loses his job right before your 50th birthday.  Circumstances can really suck sometimes.  But I choose to see this life challenge as an opportunity for Jay to find a job which makes HIM happy.  He is finally free from the oppressive atmosphere that has dragged down his spirit for the last several years.  He isn't as optimistic as I am.  I'm hoping I have enough optimism for the both of us and the Universe will see fit to hook him up with something truly wonderful!

So, here are my "Best of Days" pages for May.  I forgot to print anything out until May 16th, so the first half of the month is fairly blank.  But I made up for it during the second half and I even included Jay getting word that his position had been "eliminated" as the best thing that happened on the 24th.

I finally did this portion of the assignment from April.  I love the way my "Note to Self" background came out - it's all different scraps of paper and the stitching is just done with a pen.  But it reminds me of my crazy quilting days!
And I did a version of the April letter that I'm good with sharing:


The whole painting the edges thing from the iScrap class has stuck with me.  Really helps to brighten up this book!
Our May pages involved setting goals.  I set a few really short term for May and some longer term to run me through the Summer months.


I even created a third page (not shown) so I can add more goals after these ones are underway!

Your next stop on the hop is Jill's blog. Enjoy!
Here's the entire blog hop list, just in case you get lost:

Margie http://xnomads.typepad.com/blog
Jamie http://jmpgirl.blogspot.com/
Cheri http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com/ <------- YOU ARE HERE
Jill http://jillconyers.typepad.com/ <-------- NEXT STOP ON THE HOP
Amanda http://scrappnbee.blogspot.com/
Lynn W http://www.crafty-creativity.blogspot.com/
Rebekah http://istampscrapcraft.blogspot.com/
Melissa S http://blog.mshanhun.com/
Lisa A http://backtoallen.com/writers_blog/
Sam http://learncreatedo.wordpress.com/
Jenn http://www.studiojenn.blogspot.com/
Junelle http://yesandamenblog.blogspot.com/
Jen S http://www.byjen.com/
Monica B2 http://questtoperfectimperfection.blogspot.com/
Cindy http://seriousplay.typepad.com/
Nikki http://www.inkyart.com.au/
Karen D http://womenontractors.blogspot.com/

Many thanks to Margie for continuing to host this blog.  I know it is a lot of work keeping track of all of us!

22 comments:

jamie said...

i like your best of days pages. what is the paper from? is it like a gratitude book? great idea. love it. and your word is fabulous. especially in light of a husband's job being lost and having to be happy despite current circumstances. that takes a special person to live above like that.
~j

Jen said...

I love visiting your blog and seeing your OLW progress. I may have chosen clear to be my word, but happiness, gratitude, and appreciating right now has been a big part of my journey this year. I didn't even know I needed to focus on these things when the year started. Reading your letter was like reading a note I should write to myself (still haven't written my note to self). Best wishes for you and your husband as you make the most of a challenging situation.

scraplink said...

Looking good! :-)

Rebekah said...

Thinking of you and your husband as he looks for another job. So glad to see your word is carrying you through this experience. Good for you! Love you painty edges!

MonicaB said...

Love the best of days pages. Wonderful idea! Good for you to look at the positive side of a situation. Your Note to Self page looks stunning.

Julie Ann Shahin said...

Your pages are beautiful Cherie! Sorry to hear of his job loss. Sending new job vibes!!! God will provide. Hugs! xoxo

junelle said...

I adore the crazy quilt days! I think your pages are so bright and happy and your listing the "best" of your May days is brilliant. What a great way to document goodness in your life!

I adore the painted edges and have just gotten myself involved in an art journaling class -- and loving it!

So nice to meet you~ Junelle

Melissa said...

I really like the "crazy quilt" look, too. Nice job keeping up with the OLW & keeping your spirits up about the job situation!

Lynn said...

Love the inking on the page edges - does give the pages some spirit! And love your best of days page - really great for quick gratitude journaling, isn't it?

humel said...

Great post, Cheri. I'm sorry to hear about your husband's job, but what a great way of looking at the situation as an opportunity xx

Amy said...

Your note to self page is a standout of happiness for me - so vibrant and colourful!
I admire you for sticking to this album, it looks wonderful and must be a great process to work through :-)

Lee Currie said...

LOVE this, Cheri. I am so far behind on my word album - partly because of only just getting the proper page protectors and party because of life getting in the way. I admire your keeping up with it all, and your honesty. You are an inspiration!

learncreatedo said...

Great post. I'm sorry to hear your husband lost his job but I love your positive attitude which beams through here. I have art journaling on my list too.

Cheryl said...

Your "stitched" background is so cool! I love that you're able to see the good in even not-so-great situations. Your positivity is inspiring!

Missus Wookie said...

Looks great and love the painted edges. Taught that technique to a small (8 year old) friend of mine today - she was thrilled at the effect too.

I too thought I might have to add another page for to do/projects.

jillconyers said...

I so enjoy seeing your OLW progress and your album is fabulously creative. I also want to check out Canyon Ranch recipes. Have a great weekend!

Karen said...

I am so impressed with how you have managed to keep up with this project. I'm another fan of the painted edges.

Abi said...

this is such an awesome idea and i loved that "stiched" page! xxx

CINNIBONBON said...

You did a great job. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

Angela said...

These are brilliant ideas. You should be a motivational speaker.

Cindy said...

I see goal 10 is about digital photography...are you interested in taking a class? The Photographer's Workshop with Karen Russell is life-changing!

Xnomads said...

Hi Cheri,
I love the background page too - or I guess it is the title page for May - the one that looks like a quilt! Beautiful. I'm inspired by your goals.