Sunday, January 1, 2012

One Little Word Can Mean So Much

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As I searched for my one little word to guide and uplift me in 2012  several words seemed to almost fit. To almost tell the story of where I am at this stage in my life, but one word stood out and I could not ignore the impact it had on me. This word encompasses so many of my wants, goals, dreams, and ambitions. This string of letters is not your typical heart stopping, emotion tugging word...not at first anyways. But if you care to continue reading, and allow me to be very open with you, maybe I will change your mind about this one little word: connected 

Definition: combine, link

affix, ally, associate, attach, bridge, conjoin, consociate, correlate,couple,equate, fasten, get into, hitch on, hook on, hook up, interface, join, join up with,meld with, network with, plug into, relate, span, tag, tie in, tie in with, unite, wed, yoke ,align, balance, bring into line, calibrate, connect

So what does this word mean to me? What do I want to be connected to? In a word... ME. The real me.The me that seems to get lost in a sea of "Meagan and Chelseas' mom", "Davids wife" "The boss" "designer" "pet owner" "lady of the house" and the endless array of hats that many of us wear on a daily basis, I need to reconnect with who I am and what I love, the things and people that make life a wondrous and fulfilling journey.

 If I have any regrets lingering from 2011 it is the accidental neglect of my friendships, I need to reconnect with these amazing people that I friends, my extended family. I'm not sure when or how I became so distracted and disconnected, but the desire to connect and be close again is strong and unwavering.

I want to be more connected to YOU, to be a blogger that interacts with my readers in a whole new and exciting way. To share, listen, learn, give, and teach. I want you to be more connected with me. We live in an amazing time where people from all walks of life and all geographical locations can connect and interact in one place....what a wonderful world!

 I need to reconnect with my love of interior design, party planning, and fashion. Cooking, sewing, organizing, and yes even cleaning! I hope to bring these elements forward here on Inkingpink, and represent a more true picture of who I am and how I have created my life and lifestyle. minus the blunders, spilled glitter, and hangnails!

My daughter is getting married in 3 months.....* thoughtful sigh* and I want to soak up every minute of it all......the preparations, the joy, the work, and the process, to feel the connection that only a mother and a daughter can share at this time. Especially since I did not have a wedding! we were young, broke and already parents...there was no way we could afford a real wedding........ shoot we were happy that we could afford a slice of cake for dessert!

 I also want to feel more connected to nature, oh how I love the beach, the flowers, and the birds singing. The outdoors provide a happiness that nothing else compares too...not even a good hair day! :)   { seriously folks with curly hair a, good hair day is huge!} I want to be connected to a more vibrant healthy lifestyle. To connect with my sense of adventure and try something new and potentially embarrassing if it were caught on film!

I love the idea that I'm already connected to my future, I have to cross the bridge that connects the journey of the present to what lies ahead. I plan to allow the path to unwind in the direction it is meant to be, and steer myself ever forward. right foot, left foot, right foot................

My goal is to stay connected to the one and only Mr. wonderful, we have been married for almost 24 years......pretty much my entire adult life. It has been a lot of work and a lot of effort over the years to stay not drift apart, as happens so often.

My family is my world, designing a decorated life is my passion, being connected to every facet and every dimension of who I am is my desire.To connect with other like minded people my goal. To embrace business opportunities that connect all the dots, is my ambition.

One little word can mean so much.

As always, happy creating! Shantaie



Anonymous said...

Momma this is beautiful! What a great word to use as inspiration for 2012!! I love your goals! I think being YOU is so important because you are seriously an amazing person!!!

Shantaie said...

Thank you!!!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Shantaie what an amazing and inspiring post. You're writing vibrates with your sense of purpose and meaning and as a reader I really see you getting "connected" and following your passion for life! You go girl and enjoy the journey! Thanks for making my day.

liz at liz's paper loft said...

I love this! you said exactly what I've been feeling, however didn't know how to express it!!!

thank you!

Sara Andrews said...


Your post was a great start to my day.


Myrna said...

What an inspiring blog today.
Being connected to the ones you love is so important because you never know when that tie will become severed physically or emotionally.(death, dementia, distance, etc.)
That is not the only thing I took away from your blog today but there were many touching things you said. Too many to comment on here.
Hope your new year brings everything you deserve.

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Four11Lady said...

By baring your soul, you have taken the first step of CONNECTED with us...........Good job! God bless......