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As I reflected on how I want to live and blog for 2015, I decided to try something new.  Instead of my typical “Gratitude Sunday” post, I’ll be journaling my days in abandon and totally random.  I’m a “list-er” and a planner, so this level of spontaneity is quite different for me. While I waited for the new year to ring in, I took some journal pages I’ve downloaded over the years and cut them up into very tiny bits.  Not to worry, not losing my marbles!  😀

Each cut has a task, a prompt or two or three or four, a thought, a quote, an activity that I need to focus on or complete.   In a conversation with a friend, previous to the cutting marathon, we were talking about ways to “create some happy” for our holidays.  The phrase is really hers, but I’ve already told her I’m stealing it!  LOLOL!  I’ve decided  that creating some happy shouldn’t be intentional just for my holidays, but consistently, the very way I live my daily life.

Create Some Happy

There are quite a few cuts in this journaling love-box  and a few “out of my comfort zone” prompts so all I have to say about this is that it’s going to be an interesting ride!!!  😀

Let me get started then:

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  • book I’ve recently readThe Hunger Games.  Although this trilogy has been around for a few years and I’ve seen the first two movies, the first installment of the book has been out of this world.  The energy, symbolism, and the pace of the book surpasses the movie in leaps and bounds.  I’m on the second book now and it’s been the same type of thrill ride.
  • place I’ve recently visited: The New York Public Library.  It’s the one place that will get me leaving my house multiple times per week.  I 100% agree with author Neil Gaiman “Libraries are our friends.”

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  • movie I’ve recently watched: Albert Nobbs.  A change in genre for me, this was a complex story of surviving, re-inventing, needing to express and receive authentic love (like everyone else).  It’s a well-written, well executed movie and although I’m not a Glenn Close fan, she was phenomenal in this.  I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say, how terrible it is that people can destroy or utterly change another person’s life by wicked, violent and/or selfish acts.

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  • new thing I’ve recently learned: glass etching.

Off to create some happy this coming week.  Here’s to you doing/finding the same.  Cheers!

Word For The Year: 2015

I don’t have to go over in detail what 2014 was for me; if you’ve read this blog, even occasionally, you’ll know that 2014 kicked my “youknowwhat”.  Although I’m coming to terms with the facts that — even in difficult moments, God is present and that every experience is an opportunity for growth, I’m not going to lie — I’m glad to see 2014 gone!   That said, for the last couple of weeks in that year, the word that’s been laid on my heart for 2015 is: investment.   At first, I wasn’t sure what it would mean for me, but as I thought about it more, some things became clearer.

By definition, it means:

[in-vest-muh nt]
noun
  • the investing of money or capital in order to gain profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value.
  • a particular instance or mode of investing.
  • a thing invested in, as a business, a quantity of shares of stock, etc.
  • a devoting, using, or giving of time, talent, emotional energy, etc., as for a purpose or to achieve something:
  • Biology. any covering, coating, outer layer, or integument, as of an animal or vegetable.

 

As I read the underlined reference, I realised why this word was chosen for me.  I never thought of my life as an investment portfolio.  There were/are things that I’m intentional about and other things … not so much.  But to think of my life as one would think of a financial investment portfolio — something to be studied, something to devote to, something to devote effort to in order to intentionally yield “profitable returns” or “appreciation in value”; I’d never thought of it in these terms before.   What this means is even more intentional living, less griping, more maturity, being consistent in my “appreciation of life” efforts.  Real talk is — crap happens, but it doesn’t have to crush me.  Rather, each “stock crash” should be an opportunity to evaluate, mourn the loss, then re-invest.

As I thought about the word more over the holidays, while browsing the net, I found this:

2015 Investment

Could my word for 2015 be anymore clearer?   Partnering perfectly with mindfulness and last year’s goal of moderation, for 2015 I will invest in:

  • my creativity
  • my finances (being unemployed has really opened my eyes to what I do with pension investments and I need to do more to make my money work even harder for me)
  • my health (always on going)
  • my profession (whatever that is moving forward)
  • my relationships
  • the resources I already own — yarn stash intervention anyone?  😀

In short, 2015 will be about “devoting, using, or giving of time, talent, emotional energy”  to my total well-being.  Not selfishly or without sacrifice,  not striving for perfection, but with the intent and purpose of authentic living.

What about you?  How has the departed year been for you?  What are your goals for 2015?

Here’s to 2015 being all we need and more!