Saturday, January 1, 2011

My One Little Word......

I have been thinking for several days about my word and what it means to me, it is so deeply personal that at first I was too shy to share it. But sharing gives my word strength......makes it more true .Maybe you have heard of Ali Edwards  One Little Word ? If not, This is a quote from her original post.
"It can be something tangible or intangible. It could be a thought or a feeling or an emotion. It can be singular or plural. The key is to find something that has personal meaning for you. This is not your mother's word or your spouse's word or your child's word - this is YOUR word."


 Last year my resolution was to be fearless...... not that I let very much stand in my way, however if I am to be as honest as a person can be.....fear has many times stopped me from dreaming the big dreams, or taking that all important leap of faith. I decided that was not the life I wanted for myself or for my amazing Husband and beautiful {beyond all reason} daughters. I made many changes over the course of the year...and the year took many courses that I had never imagined would happen. I realized one of my dreams by co-hosting stampcation a weekend retreat for 100 stampers with my dear friend Linda Heller it was truly a dream come true! I LOVE what I do, and have been taking baby steps to be a full time designer.....a leap of faith I have to take! I just have to be..............
Open

OPEN: having no enclosing or confining barrier : accessible on all or nearly all sides

My One Little Word for 2011 is Open.....to great happiness....to all of the possibilities......to surprise, to adventures, to the unknown, to trying, to failing, to living the good life. I will open my windows and open my doors, I will open the lids off long locked boxes and set those dreams free..
This word leaves me empowered and vulnerable at the same time,  I want to be more open on my blog and let you see who I really am, I want to open my eyes to the beauty of my everyday life with all of its imperfections and hurdles , I want to open the world up to the idea that the decorated life is for all of us,not just those with a degree in design- I. am. open. There will be changes on this blog in the weeks and months ahead, I hope you will join me on my creative journey while you are traveling your creative journey.
What is your word? I hope you share.
As Always happy creating, and a Very Happy New Year!~ Shantaie

10 comments:

flowerdisco said...

this is a great step that many of us shouldn't be afraid to step on. thanks for the encouraging words. best to you and yours in this new year!!

JennyKozar said...

WOW - I have to think on this. I love the idea of having one word but I feel so many rolling through my head. Thanks for giving me something to think about!

Nadia's World said...

Wow!! Congrats to you for taking this leap/journey! Thanks for your inspiring words...

Nicole

Lynn B. said...

What a great word! There will be hurdles but it will be worth the work. Have a great journey!!

Anonymous said...

Allow. My word has been living inside screaming to come out... allow me to shine, allow me to dance, allow me to live. This year I will allow myself to be free. I will allow myself to be me. Instead of bottling up all that electricity I will allow it to flow freely as nature intended and the 1st thing I did for 2011 is dance. It's going to be a good year. I Love Your word and action of "being" OPEN.

Shelly said...

I love your word and hope it brings you all that you find yourself open to in 2011.
~shelly

Donna said...

Shantaie, Thank you so much for sharing your word with us, a beautiful word you have chosen, to open the door to all the possibilities that life has to give. I will try to find a word for myself and hope to attain from it all that I can.

Donna C.
goCricutgo

maryvernau said...

Lovely thoughts, lovely photo and a truly lovely word! Thank you for sharing your creativeness with us! many Blessings and a Happy New Year!

Kristine said...

Kudos to you Shantaie! I have tried to be more personable on my own blog and it seems every time I open up that deep I either get hurt by someone else or I just don't feel comfortable having opened up to everyone that reads my blog--not just those "acquaintences" whom I've only met through blogging but to family and old friends ... and friends whom I've met online who don't know the true "me" and make judgements... it does open you up and make you very vulnerable. I always end up deleting the post and retracting ... and going back to keeping it about my cards. But on the other hand, I love reading about other people on their blogs when they have the heart and courage to share. So, I'm happy for you and hope you find happiness and fulfillment in 2011 as you embrace openness! =) {{Hugs}}

BettyBee said...

Shantaie, I love this post. Your word "open" is so very inspiring. Thanks for sharing such an intimate and revealing part of you... may you have a wonderful and dynamic year! You have great opportunities and new doors to yet open! Your open heart always gives so much to others, and I pray those blessings will come back to you a thousand fold.