I’m sure you’ve seen things around blogland about others choosing one little word for their goals for the year. I’m not usually one that follows the crowd so to say, and I usually don’t make new years resolutions. Well, this year, I was considering the one word goal, and thought a lot about it. I thought if there was only one word I had to worry about, then maybe, just maybe I could stick to it. The more I thought about it, I thought it might be a good idea, and I had a few different words come to mind. Originally, I was thinking I would have “joy” be my word for 2013, but then I thought I would add “find” to that. I REALLY want to “find joy” in every aspect of my life! Then I thought some more about it and added “faith” and “hope” to my words. While I realize this isn’t one word, I do think they are all great goals to have in mind, and all things that I need to work on.
So my goal for this year is to Find Faith, Find Hope, and Find Joy!
I’ve been in a rut for quite sometime. I would dare say a depressing rut. The last few years have been some rough ones for me and my family, and I would say that I have had a hard time noticing the positive. I kind of focus on the negative. I hate it. I don’t want to do that, but I do. That being said, I am tired of it. I want to find joy! I want to have little things that my kids do (that I might not like much), make me laugh and smile, not get mad and yell. I want to have a good attitude about my husbands job! He may not love it, and I may not either, and he may not make as much at it as we would like, but we are so grateful to have a job! I want to find faith and hope that we won’t be in these living arrangements forever. We live in my in-laws house (but they don’t live here). While it is hard for me that we don’t have our own place, I am SO grateful that we have a roof over our heads. Through all the hard times the last few years, I have been able to see the hand of the Lord in many ways and I am grateful for that, and that is what I want to focus on to help me find Faith, Hope and Joy!
So, I decided that I wanted to make something that I could see, to be a reminder for me that I want to find these things! I had been thinking about what I could do, and was planning on making a block with my words. Then I thought of adding it to a little candlestick. I love the way this turned out. And it was so fast as well. 🙂
I started with a 4 1/2″ square block. I painted the block and candlestick gray, and then I glued my paper to it. Isn’t that pink polka dot paper so fun?!
Next I used Cricut Craft Room and designed my vinyl, then cut it out with my Cricut and I put it on.
Once I got to that point, I thought it needed something else, so I used this cute ribbon, and tied it around the block. It was the perfect finishing touch!
So tell me, do you have a word, or simple goals for this year? I would love to hear them.
Lauras Crafty Life says
Amy – I have dealt on and off with depression my whole adult life. It is not fun. 🙁 I want to think of myself as a positive person, but really, I struggle with it. I love your words that you chose! My word for the year is ‘focus’. Focus on what I am doing (I have trouble staying on task), focus on the kids and my husband more, and even just focus more on what is important to me, what is a priority and not all the little stuff! 🙂
That’s such a fun idea! Where did you get the paper and ribbon? So, so cute.
Congrats on realizing that only YOU control whether you feel in a rut or not! Finding joy and inner peace is not about what life throws your way, it’s about how you handle it. I have suffered with depression my entire life and it came to a head when I attempted suicide a few years back. Nothing quite changes your entire perspective as much as trying to take your own life…and failing. Without sounding corny, after I was released from the second mental health facility the world seemed literally brighter, the colors more vivid and the air fresher. So weird, but very true. Hope shines brighter than the sun if you can see through the clouds. I wish you and your family the best of luck in 2013. <3
Amy at Ameroonie Designs says
Love this Amy! Love the words, the project and you! So grateful to know you!
Misty @Creative Itch says
I love this idea, Amy! I’m still trying to figure out what my ‘one word’ for 2013 is going to be. I love the idea of making something as a reminder that you can see every day! Great job!
Darling project (as are all the projects you share)!
Thanks for the inspiration.
Sami Carter says
Love it! I absolutley love that you made a craft so you can focus on it each day and remember the goal you made! Good luck my friend…dealing with depression is hard! I know that things are rough, but I love that you say you are grateful with the things that are the hardest! Keep smiling and know you have friends who will always listen! Love ya!
The Quiet Mom says
Cricut will someday complete my life. This is just so beautiful!
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How fun to get to make a girlie project. Well done and such a great, fun reminder. Good luck in your pursuit. I wish you the best!
Jess from Coxs Corner says
Featuring YOU today on Artsy Corner!
Jessica Kennedy says
Wish you gave a little more details 🙁