One Little Word - PLAY.
What I know for sure is that I don't want this year to be all about work like last year was. I'm still going to be traveling at least once a month for work, but I don't want to feel all-consumed by it. So I'm committed to MAKE time to play. I joined Ali Edwards' One Little Word course again this year - turns out I really missed it last year although I doubt I'd have had time to keep up anyway!
These are my initial pages for my One Little Word/ FIT album for 2018. Not much in the way of art or decoration - I was trying to keep it simple and just get it done!
I also joined in Cathy Zielski's 2018 version of FIT again. I'm carrying my theme of PLAY through the FIT exercises as well. I want to approach fitness / wellness this year with a more lighthearted playful manner - just moving my body in ways that brings me joy and making healthy choices in what I feed my body and my soul!
I took photos and measurements but I'm keeping that private for now. It's not about the numbers - it is all about how I FEEL this year! Of course, I no sooner started tracking steps again and hitting my goal of 6000 steps per day than I somehow injured my foot and ended up with posterior tibial tendonitis. But it is a temporary setback! I'm still in a brace and probably won't get back to walking for a couple of weeks. But I'm not letting that get me down.
In order to keep motivated to PLAY, I also joined Tamara Laporte's Life Book 2018 class. Life Book is a year long mixed media art class that also incorporates bits of yoga, aromatherapy, mindfulness, and other wellness activities. So far I'm thrilled with this course! Here's a bit of what I've been making:
This one was a week two "bonus" exercise. Created while I was in Rockville for work. I had only brought some neocolor II watercolor crayons and a couple of gel pens with me as supplies. I bought the stamp and a super cheap black stamp pad at a craft store. I used a coffee cup sleeve from my hotel room to stamp the texture.
What I really want to cultivate this year is a sense of lightheartedness, joy, freedom, space, and adventure. I want to laugh more, move more, create more, and feel gratitude for all of life's little pleasures. I want to nurture my body, my soul, and my relationships.
I've chosen the hummingbird as my symbol for the year. It is said to represent enjoyment of life and lightness of being. That seems to sum up what I'm hoping for and working towards in 2018!