A few years ago, the online community was buzzing with those who picked their word for the year. Most have them ready for January 1, but I always lag into that first week. Last year was an unusual year for me in that I was ready on the first with LEAP. I think I was true to that word throughout the year. From my first juried show in November to our church commitment to flying off to immerse in the doTERRA convention and finally an overhaul of my wellness practices, I took risks and accepted change as gracefully as I could. However, as my opportunities came to fruition (some taking on a life of their own), I realized that I need boundaries and limits within these choices. So, the new word for the year is:
My need for alignment has been a product of some of the studies I have been invited into and have accepted in the past year. From Frances Chan to Rob Bell, I've been smacked over and over with spiritually based topics that have resonated with me. From Chan's Crazy Love to Andy Stanley's "Time of Your Life" series, they have all helped me realize that trying to do it all isn't what is making me happy. Even last night, I was smacked again while participating in a new study led by Christine Caine. The Propel Women Conversation Series (first night only so I am not too deep in yet) really spoke to me about balancing. Caine's premise is that you shouldn't be obsessed with balancing everything at once. Your life will naturally flow so that some aspects will need to be cradled and nurtured (take more time) and others will need to become secondary. That doesn't mean languishing off in a corner, just that they won't have center stage. I am hoping that the rest of the series is just as impactful. The quote from below came through this week:
You'll still see art from me and I'll still muse about oils. They are a large part of my wellness practice-physically and emotionally. And, I'll still make you laugh!
H A P P Y N E W Y E A R !!!!