A Creative Dream

A Creative Dream

A little blog about the life of a somewhat lost dreamer....looking for my grace in this crazy world.

08 January 2017

Twenty seventeen....

When I was younger 2017 seemed more than a lifetime away...and here we are. As I always seem to do this time of the year (and I'll do it again around the time of my birthday), I look at my life and think, "Well, this isn't where I expected to be."  Life is like that, I think it's a big part of the beauty of living.  At least, as long as you can let go and allow it to happen.

Speaking of letting go...

How many of you choose a word for the year?  It's become a tradition for me, and this year the word that has come to me, well, there are two of them really, but they are "release" and "transition", although, sometimes it seems "become" is more appropriate.

I'm using those two words in an online journaling adventure I've joined... "Come to the Fire, a Year Long Art Journaling workshop". The first part of the process was making an amazing journal called a Cosmic Smash Books (originated by Catt Gellar).  It's definitely an interesting process, one I could fully embrace.   As a matter of fact, I loved it so much I made several journals. 

The first inquiry was a bit more difficult, but I did get it done. It took some time, and some serious self-questioning, but, that's what this is all about.

Of course, when I need to get something done that I really don't want to do, I do something else as a means of putting it off.  She's only a 5" x 7", but I really kind of like her. 

And then, there's this one.  I'm calling her ghost girl right now.  Not sure if there is more to come with her, or if this is all there is.  Maybe time will tell.

So, there you have my 2017 creative adventure so far. 

What are your creative goals for the year?  What are you going to do to extend yourself creatively?  Did you choose a word for the year?  What was your process to pick it?  How do you plan to use it?


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

The word I have focused on is Grateful..or Thankful. Taking a look at each day and finding a small thing, but not the "normal" family, pets, etc. But I wish I had thought of "release". It's so appropriate for my frame of mind after the past election year debacle that transforms itself right into my material world as well.

Glad you're back to the blog world.
xx, Carol

ACreativeDream June Crawford said...

Thanks, Carol, so far, it's good to be back in the blog world!

I really didn't choose my words this year so much as they chose me. I want to pare down the things I own, and the old baggage that I seem to drag around with me... it's time, and it needs to be done, so this seems like an appropriate word.

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Good luck with your word, June. Transitions are hard for me until I reach a point of real acceptance that I need to move on. Then I feel a refreshing whole body sigh of relief. And I ask myself, "Why did I wait so long?"

My word this year is "welcome." I want to welcome new experiences, people, challenges; but also I want to feel that I am welcomed in a couple of ways. As an artist is one aspect.

Your journals are wonderful and I love your creative procrastination - story girl and ghost girl.

Lindy Gaskill said...

I usually pick a word for the year but I haven't chosen mine yet. I'm going to put some thought to it as reading your post has reminded me about it. Good luck with your words for the year. Those are inspiring! I love your art journals!