2017, Try to be kind to us. Please.

HAPPY Sunday!! Oh, and Happy New Year. 2017!! We (most of us) made it through 2016. It was a near thing, it seemed sometimes, and a bumpy ride. But. There it is; we shall try again.

CHANGECONNECT— ENOUGH— CHOOSE— INSIGHT— WEATHER— MOTIONBALANCE— DELIBERATE —All of these link to past year “Word of the Year” posts.

I have found that “the word” finds me. I can not simply be reading someone else’s word, and run off with it as my own. The lofty promise of some zen-like list of my goals doesn’t work for me in providing a word. M15747837_10212245347792828_7681154613875706397_ny word tends to come like the fog, on little cat feet. And, like a cat, can not be deterred or distracted (by bigger, grander words.) Try as I might, once it arrives, it keeps pestering, stepping over and onto and around, and I am helpless to change it.

I could try to, I know. I could write an essay on some other word, but as I did that, THE word would keep trying to interfere.  Therefore–

TRY. My word is TRY because that was the one that wouldn’t stop. But, when I took a peek at it on Dictionary.com, it seems like a pretty incredible three letter word as word of the year!

 TRY–to attempt to do or accomplish:  Try it before you say it’s simple.  To test the effect or result of (often followed by out):  to try a new method; to try a recipe out. To endeavor to evaluate by experiment or experience:  to try a new field; to try a new book. To test the quality, value, fitness, accuracy, etc., of:  Will you try a spoonful of this and tell me what you think of it? To put to a severe test; subject to strain, as of endurance, patience,affliction, or trouble; tax: to try one’s patience. To make an attempt or effort; strive: Try to complete the examination. Give it the old college try, Informal. to make a sincere effort: I gave it the old college try and finally found an apartment.

TRY offers a lot of self-love, as well. TRY it. It isn’t saying you have to make something happen; it isn’t judging you for missing;  you just have to TRY. Give your best shot. Don’t feel you have messed up by 15726905_10212258346717793_5317902501914750240_neating that doughnut, or not running the extra mile. Just try to paint, or to learn some French, or to figure out how to …. 

Try says you have permission to forget your reusable bags when you head to the grocery store. Next time, you’ll try to remember them. You don’t have to throw up your hands in defeat of ever sticking to a budget, or saving more, when you realize that your goal of spending less on your clothes this year was blown on that one really nice pair of shoes. As long as tomorrow comes, you have another chance to try to get it right.

These all seem like positive, forward moving, active thoughts…. They require being present. And, to continue trying to figure it all out…a goal for 2017 if I have ever heard one!  Only the best to you and yours in 2017! Be well!

Ch-ch-changes…

Happy 2016!  Time to rip open that new calendar! Break out the gym membership card, give up all that chocolate, stop staying up so late reading; you know– it’s resolution time! Ha! Not here. I talk the talk, alright, and what do we gain from it? (I will resolve to doing ONE of these things.)

I know, I know. “Shush. Too. Perky. Not. Enough. Coffee.”

img_0677No resolutions from this woman. But a WORD for the year, that I can do.  This word came, as it does, in the same organic fashion I have grown to expect. It pops up and says “Hi, I’m your word: You get to deal with it now!” It won’t leave, and it  is noisier than the other words. So, I always go with it. Introducing—

CHANGE

It is certainly the right word for the year. Big changes afoot. Timmy JUST retired on Monday after 37 years! (He’s far too young to have worked that long, I know 🙂 ) Yet, as he is  lacking a sufficient stash to be a gentleman of leisure–and he didn’t marry money– AND he keeps bringing home the wrong lottery ticket–he is going to be starting a new career on Monday.

This is huge as far as CHANGE goes; now I have more vacation days than he does!  But that’s probably OK; we can’t afford to have 6 weeks off if the paychecks are so much smaller. The REALLY big thing about this is that he will come home, EVERY NIGHT. He will not work 16 hour days, he will not have to go to work at midnight and get drafted to stay until 4pm the next day. He will SLEEP at night. And get up in the mornings! Talk about CHANGE!

“But,” you say. “That’s all well and good, and congratulations and all. But it’s YOUR blog, your word!”  True, that.

It IS time for change.  25 years in retail/management is long enough for anyone! So, what DO I want to do when I grow up? I am a creative problem solver…Now I have a problem to solve, too. But, some smaller changes can also be worked on, as well.

  • Can I become a finisher of quilts?
  • Can I change the desire to buy things; be happy with what I have?
  • Can I finally edit ALL the photos?
  • Can I do the dishes before I go to bed?
  • Can I change our eating habits?
  • Can I cook at home more?

It will be a big adjustment to our little corner of the world, this less money/ more time situation, but so much better, as long as we both approach this year as a time of change, of different, smaller expectations. I recall the truth of the saying, “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”

12435979_10208893178030679_1667159247_nThese are previous years words–click on any to read that years essay.

CONNECT— ENOUGH— CHOOSE— INSIGHT— WEATHER— MOTIONBALANCE— DELIBERATE

Have a GREAT year! (Do YOU have a word? How does it work for you?)

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2015…word of the year.

 

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Happy 2015!  As per usual, I fought the word. “What?” I thought, when, about a week ago, while not really even thinking about the word of the year, “Connect” jumped up and waved its arms in the air. “Look at ME!”

 

Connect, I thought. Huh. What in the name of anything can I do with YOU? And so, stubborn wench that I am, I ignored it, and listened out for a sensible word. Right. That never happens. Remember ENOUGH or CHOOSE or INSIGHT or WEATHER  or MOTION or BALANCE or DELIBERATE or INCLUSIVE? (I look at this list and think maybe my inner Buddhist is coming out)

So, I randomly thought of other words (NEVER works, by the way. Never.) I tried,while going about my week, to figure out what CONNECT could have to to with my art, my quilting, because that is where the concept of doing a word started for me.  And, yet.

 

This morning–today, January 1, 2015, I looked up the definition of the word connect while getting ready to write this blog post.

 

1794641_10203652074326362_1275265419_n-001Well, DUH. Connect. To Join, link, or fasten together. To unite or bind.

 

Right there, the first definition, is about quilting!!!!! What more does one do in quilting, at the most elemental level, than attach two pieces of fabric together? And what is the last step, but to bind the quilt? (We shall not talk, today, about all the intermediate steps, of reverse engineering, running out of material, mis-measuring…) Let’s keep it classy, ok?  But will this have anything to do with the bigger picture, outside the studio walls…?

 

Connect verb (used with object)   1.to join, link, or fasten together; unite or bind:   2. to establish communication between; put in communication: 3. to have as an accompanying or associated feature: 4.to cause to be associated, as in a personal or business relationship: to connect oneself with a group of like-minded persons;  5.to associate mentally or emotionally http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/connect

 

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I shall connect with my fabric, indeed! As soon as I finish writing this post, as a matter of fact, I have to scramble to finish a project.

But on the larger scale, connecting, connection; it’s the thing we all want more than anything, isn’t it? Isn’t it why we hug, or hold hands? Why we walk side by side, why the cat climbs on you the moment you have created a lap?

So, this year, the “connect” I want to work on is the one on one, personal connecting… Comment on this post, start a connection with me. I want to know better the people I know…Connect in real life and in this new small world of the smart phone, the internet, where all my friendships can be at my fingertips…

I think making the threads that connect us stronger is a wonderful goal.

HAPPY New Year!!!

This quilt is called Emails from China, designed and worked on while my daughter was in China in 2009. We stayed connected during that time via emails that came while I slept, and were answered while she slept…