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Beth Buelow

Today is the start of our work week around here, after the long holiday, so I thought I’d type up the first post for the New Year! Yay! Back to blogging, yes! It’s been a lovely holiday mostly totally away from the computer since before Christmas. We got snow for New Year’s Eve, and it’s still beautiful whiteness outdoors.

Just a few days before Christmas I finally decided to go with the only word that had come to me, a one little word of the year Ali Edward style of course. I read it in an article somewhere and noticed it when I saw it again, repeated in the same way in another blog post that I now can’t remember. But the word is a short and simple one (and so complicated as words can be). It’s Grace.

iHanna's One little word 2016

This word might feel a bit too religious both in English and translated to Swedish (nåd), but it’s the word that came up and stuck with me, so I guess I’m going with it. I found it in a sentence that sounded something like this:

Do your thing, but show yourself grace, and be kind to yourself in the process of moving forward.

Something like that. Probably you’ll find the link to the article in my post Goal Setting for December, but I can’t be bother to track it down. I just know that I thought: Hmm… I really should show myself grace more often. Do I ever do that?

I tend to be hard on myself way too often. I feel like I’ve failed because I am not satisfied with the time I woke up or what I accomplished during a day. I tend to feel stressed that I never ever reach the end of my to-do-list – there is always more things to work on. Things to fix, e-mails I owe people, phone calls I must make ASAP, tables to clean, dishes to do, blog posts to write, and so on. So, I am going to practice the art of giving myself grace this year.

Defining My Word of the Year

Grace is one of those words that can be used in about a million different way, from saying payers to elegance or beauty of form. You can have grace in manner, motion, or action or as an attractive ease and smoothness of movement. So I get to pick and choose what it means to me, and I hope I’m not in too deep when I interpret it to mostly mean this, for myself, this year:

1. a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment.
2. favor or goodwill.
3. a manifestation of favor, esp. by a superior.
4. mercy; clemency; pardon.
5. favor shown in granting a delay or temporary immunity.

Last year my word was WRITE and I consider it an epic fail even though I wrote plenty of articles that I got payed for. I wrote less blog posts here than ever before I think, and I didn’t write on any of my personal projects. The word was more like a strike in the head with a mallet than a gentle nudge to write everyday. I thought it would be helpful, but it wasn’t. It was too demanding, and too difficult to obey. I think it is because it was more of a goal than a guide, and it was not a SMART goal. Neither time specific or measurable, so instead it helped me to feel like a failure. And that is not a good feeling!

So for 2016, grace it is. I hope to bring my Word of the year with me, close to my heart, instead of trying to forget it. What do you think about it? Did you set a word of the year and if so, what do you hope to get out of it?

My Plan with grace

I will not be doing a 365 thing this year either (like the one I did in 2013 with 365 Collages), but I will be working on personal goals, keeping a better schedule and planning out my days. I will keep blogging (I hope at least 3 times each week!) and I will have a goal of making a few collages each week to share on the blog, and as always I will be crafting, photographing, painting and making art so stay tuned! I will be teaching in A Journey Within and updating my Etsy Shop from time to time too.

I think it will be a great, big year, so follow along by subscribing to my Newsletter, via RSS or get blog posts via e-mail, so we can inspire each other this entire year with gusto – and grace.

Happy New Blogging Year!