Sunday, January 1, 2012

Still

A couple of years ago I jumped on the "One Little Word" bandwagon. I'm not usually a bandwagon kind of person. Usually, whatever the crowds are doing, I like to resist as long as possible. Just ask my old roommates. *coughTwilightcough*  But I went with this trend very easily because it appealed to me much more than making a resolution. Coming up with a word for the year seemed more doable and took the pressure off of me. In the past I would always dream up resolutions like "lose weight" or "make money" or "keep my room clean", etc. Sure those are great things to work towards but my expectations were never met. So I decided to approach it all in a simpler more broader way. I don't remember where I heard the "word for the year" thing first. I think there are several who claim to be the ones who started it but I have a feeling there is a population in the great, wide world out there that have been doing it even before us paper crafters.

Regardless....

My word for the year was one I waited patiently for. Everyone seemed to have theirs and I still was waiting. Nothing jumped out at me. I thought of words like Hope, Refresh, Renew, Begin, Pursue, etc.  All great and relevant but none of them resonated deep with me. Then it happened.  Psalm 46:10 came to my head. It's a favorite verse that I learnt as a child and it continues to be one I meditate on from time to time.

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When this verse came to my head, the word STILL kept repeating itself. Be still. Know I am God. 

Okay.

Got it. 

It made sense to me because I, for whatever reason, like to be busy. I feel like I'm being lazy if I don't have a million things going on. I feel like a sloth when I stop and am quiet. Which is NOT the way it should be. So I'm thinking for 2012, I'm making a choice to say be still. To quiet myself. Know that everything is in God's hands. He's got my back and I need to not worry or fret.

Easier said then done.  But practice makes things a bit easier. Right? So that's what I'm aspiring to do this year. I think this word is going to be a great one. And challenging one. 

Supplies: Paper, Flower: Webster's Pages, Cardstock: The Paper Company, Alphabet: American Crafts, Alpha Stickers: Cosmo Cricket, Butterfly Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts, Electronic Cutter: Silhouette SD

I loved the colors and ethereal feel of the Winterfairy Tales collection by Webster's. Fit perfectly for the soft, calm and "still" layout I wanted to create. This is going to hang on my wall for the entire year as a reminder. 

Silhouette Shapes Used: 5_banner_flag_set_C01417_20509 and 3_bands_C00963_20509

What about you? Did you come up with a word for the year?

Happy 2012!

Melissa 




7 comments:

JulieJ said...

That sounds like an excellent word. There's too much pressure to do to much in this world. I've beem thinking of the one little word concept, but I'm reluctant to 'sign up' to something and don't really know what to do with it if I tread my own path.

jamie long said...

I saw a peek of that page on fb, it is beautiful! I hope this is in heart all year long and you will have a great year.

coconut said...

Oh how lovely! Happy new year.

Penny said...

I loved the layout and the word. I am going to try the Project Life/word projects together at the same time. Happy New Year, and it'll be great to see all of your layouts. Love Penny

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

wonderful page! i think your word is perfect. :)

Queen Mary said...

Last year courage, this year enough

I look forward to journeying with you!

Audrey Pettit said...

Fabulous word, Melissa! Love your choice! I don't tend to pick a word, and I'm no good at resolutions. Tried one year, but I didn't really stick to it. I do hope to be a bit more organized this year. Here's to hoping. :)