This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine! Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!
My favorite song from Sunday School still makes me smile, still makes we want to be a better person than I am. A warmer person, a brighter person, a more generous person.
So, humming this song while I fixed my morning coffee, I decided that SHINE would be my one little word for 2013, the one word that I will reflect on throughout the year and that I will let guide my actions as I strive to live a better life.
I've participated in Ali Edward's One Little Word project for the past four years, opting to choose one word that represents my goals for the year instead of making resolutions that I soon break. It has amazed me how powerful the action of choosing and implementing just one little word into my daily routine can be.
And, because this word has become my focus, it's showing up in a lot of my art pages, sometimes intentionally and sometimes sub-consciously. I've noticed that my work is becoming brighter and sunnier, too.
Here's a letter I did as an assignment for Tangie Baxter's wonderful Art Journal Caravan, a year-long workshop filled with prompts, tutorials, and community. I have been a part of the caravan since it started back in 2010 and can honestly say that of all the workshops and tutorials I've purchased, this is absolutely the best use of my crafting dollars. You can check out a worskhop sampler here.
Credits: Tangie Baxter's Collage Fodder Edges and Being Me (flower), Tumble Fish Studio Unpredictable (lightbulb), Crazy Legs (legs and boots), Your Zetti Self (arms); Holliewood Art Journaling 3 (paint), Deviant Scraps Midnight Reverie (background and floor) and Rucola Designs Morning Bird (alpha).
I did another shine page for the January Art Journaling challenge at Deviant Scrap. The prompt was to make a resolution to try something new in 2013.
One of the fun things about this challenge is that you get a free gift, just for participating. Don't you just love that Zetti dress?