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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.
For September, Ali asked us to pick one thing that we were going to focus on during the month, and one thing that we chose to "let go". I took awhile to think about it, but realized it was a really good thing to meditate on... I have so many things competing for my attention all the time and I really needed to focus.
But as usual, I can never follow directions!
I chose three things to focus on for the month - exercise (15 minutes every day), morning pages (journaling), and participating in LOAD - although I only wrote about the exercise part in the form Ali gave us.
To keep track of my focus items I created this chart, totally scraplifted from Melissa:
It is easy to see that I wasn't perfect. But as I write this, with two days left to finish out the month, just look at all those stars! I may not have made my goal of "every. single. day." but I can't help but wonder how many days I wouldn't have exercised or written morning pages if I hadn't made the commitment!
At the same time, I chose to surrender my involvement in Art Journal Caravan (I haven't done a single art journal page of the digi variety this year), the Goddess Circle, Project 64, and Album of Awesome. These are all things that I signed up for or got involved in but then lost interest in favor of other projects and opportunities. And I need to be okay with saying I tried it, but it just wasn't for me. So freeing to just let them go!
I loved my September Goals chart so much, that I already made one for October!
I also finished the cover of my One Little Word album. Remember what it looked like last month? Well, here it is finished!
I decided after staring at it for days that my problem was the butterflies, while pretty, were so FLAT. So I drew in a shadow. Then I drew in stitching to give them additional dimension.
Then I drew on the border - which kind of ties in with the look Ali has given us with the pages throughout.
Once the border was there, I decided it needed some inking to soften the edges.
Then the title. I didn't want to use my word "happy" because I intend to continue using this album for whatever word I choose for 2012!
The final touch was adding this gorgeous wing charm that Ginger sent me in a packet of butterfly and bird themed ephemera. Got to say I just LOVE it!
Thanks to everyone for your helpful suggestions on finishing off the cover. I'm loving this album and so so glad I took this class! Ali has already said that it will be offered again in 2012... I highly recommend it!
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This month's hop participants:
Julie Ann http://julieannshahin2.blogspot.com
Cheri http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com <---- You are HERE
Nikki www.inkyart.com.au <--------------------- Next Stop!Lisa http://backtoallen.com/writers_blog