A few weeks ago I thought of my "One Little Word" for 2015. It just hit me and it's perfect. It's LOVE. Last year was GROW, this year is LOVE. Thinking about it (overthinking about it), I realize it seems cliche. But, I promise, it's anything but that for me. It's not love like "all you need is love" or love like "weak in knees and butterflies." This is love in all it's shapes and forms. It encompasses gentleness, kindness, patience, tenderness, fearlessness. It is self-love. Which is what I really need right now. It is love for each other and love for the earth and love for ourselves and love for our homes and love for our relationships and love for fear and love for change and love for love. It is about reflection and asking ourselves, am I coming from a loving place right now? Am I being loving?
I'm coming up with different ways to infuse 2015 with love. I've started a Pinterest Board with all images and quotes that align with the intent of my word. 2014 kicked my ass. Especially the last season of it. In many ways it was great (we bought a house!), but it was also gut-wrenching, painful, confusing, and heart-breaking. Losing my dad has turned me upside down. Not only do I need to learn how to move forward without him in this life, but I need to learn how move forward as me, with myself, in my life. This experience has brought up a lot of stuff for me. Much of which is not even related to my dad at all, but it's surfaced none the less. And this is my time to take care of it. This is the year for me. And, it can only be the year for me if it is filled with love.
I played with watercolor this morning to create some reminders of love around the house. I originally just wanted the word love, plain and simple, in the middle of the page like the second image above. I pulled out a piece of watercolor paper and practiced painting love over and over again before I had only one shot to get it right on the final piece of paper. However, I love how the "practice" paper turned out. So, now I have them both. And, I'd like for you to have them too. Spreading the love I guess.
In addition to my one little word, I am also using the Daily Goal Tracker for 2015 from Elise Joy. The original letterpress print (above left) is for tracking my goal of meditating every day. I am really excited about this! The second chart is a pdf that I printed onto cardstock and cut down to 8x10. (You can buy the download here.) It's for tracking each day that I drink a gallon of water. I have yet to do it! But that's ok, this is about forming habits. And, as Elise says, "Shoot for Progress, Not Perfection". Yes yes yes. Don't both these goals seem loving towards myself? Nurturing and kind? I think so.
They are hanging on my wall next to my 28 Before 29 list. Every day that I get to cross something off, color something in, or tally something up is a GOOD DAY.
What about you? Do you have a little word for the new year? Let me know in the comments!