Preparing for 2016

This time, between the end of the year and the beginning of the new year, is a special time for me. I love the looking back, reflecting over the past year and then looking forward to the blank book of the new year.

My 2016 Word for the Year

My 2016 Word for the Year

I've been working on my dreams, plans, word and goals for 2016. 
I'm excited, looking forward to a new focus for the new year.

2016 Words from some of my family.

2016 Words from some of my family.

A benefit of having a Word for the Year is the ONE point of focus that it gives me. 

I like making bookmarks, using the word on photos, putting the word on a charm for a bracelet, make a screensaver....I have found that keeping the word in front of me on a daily basis is key. 

Words of the Year from 2014 & 2015. My sister made the washers. The charms are by The Vintage Pearl.

Words of the Year from 2014 & 2015. My sister made the washers. The charms are by The Vintage Pearl.

A fun and enjoyable way that I like keeping my word in front of me is to use charms on a bracelet or necklace. 

The place I've been using for my charms is The Vintage Pearl. They are having a 25% sale going on until December 31, 2015, that ends at midnight. Simply use the code: goodby2015 to get 25% off your order.
 

Do you have a Word for 2016?

I'd love to hear it.

 

Stop It!

“Stop Complaining! 
It scares inspiration and creativity away.”
-Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I took this in Aruba as we zipped along in UTVs...no animals were harmed. ;-)

 

A Yankee

A random comment: I'm a Yankee..

All the photos in this post were taken in Rockport, MA in September 2015.

All the photos in this post were taken in Rockport, MA in September 2015.

I was born in Massachusetts and grew up there and in Maine. I come from hardworking people. My cousin lives in the same house where our dads were born and where their father was born and even his father before him.
I never thought about being a "Yankee" until I moved to Oklahoma.

One day someone told my husband and me that certain people didn't like us. Why, I asked. His answer...
Because you are Yankees.
I laughed.
He didn't. 

The other day I put a quote up from the book, First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen, 

"She couldn't change who she was and she no longer wanted to, even if she could. She knew that who you are is a stone set deep inside you. You can spend all your life trying to dig that stone out or you can build around it. Your choice." 

I continue to think about this...
Who you are is a stone set deep inside of you.
You can spend all your life trying to dig that stone out
or
You can build around it, build upon it. 

That stone is our foundation. A cornerstone. It is who we are

Sure, we can improve ourselves, establish good habits, make changes...

But we aren't changing WHO we are. 

I haven't lived in New England for about 27 years, but I am still a Yankee. That stone is set.
I've built around it, built upon it. To some I don't seem like I'm a Yankee. They can't see that cornerstone, but it is there. 

I am grateful for the stone of who I am... 

That stone holds so much...

It is a gift: priceless and unique. 

What do you see your stone as? 
Have you wanted to dig it out? 
Are you happy with it?
Do you think we can change the stone of who we are?