Tuesday, December 27, 2011

OLW & Inspiration

One Little Word is in full swing over at Ali's blog and it's got me thinking about the word I will be choosing for this upcoming year.  My word last year was mindful.  I made a late choice after trying the word balance for a month.  I will be continuing to keep this word close to my heart - however it's time to move to something new.  Here are the current words in the running with their definitions...

This is my favorite by far...

RE·NEW [ri-noo, -nyoo]  Show IPA
verb (used with object)
to begin or take up again, as an acquaintance, conversation, etc.; resume.
to make effective for an additional period: to renew a lease.
to restore or replenish: to renew a stock of goods.
to make, say, or do again.
to revive; reestablish.
to recover (youth, strength, etc.).
to restore to a former state; make new or as if new again.

These are some other words I've been throwing around...


[kuhl-tuh-veyt]  Show IPA
verb (used with object), -vat·ed, -vat·ing.
to prepare and work on (land) in order to raise crops; till.
to use a cultivator  on.
to promote or improve the growth of (a plant, crop, etc.) bylabor and attention.
to produce by cultureto cultivate a strain of bacteria.
to develop or improve by education or training; train;refine: to cultivate a singing voice.
to promote the growth or development of (an artscience,etc.); foster.
to devote oneself to (an art, science, etc.).
to seek to promote or foster (friendship, loveetc.).
to seek the acquaintance or friendship of (a person).


[nur-cher]  Show IPA verb, -tured, -tur·ing,noun
verb (used with object)
to feed and protect: to nurture one's offspring.
to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development; fosterto nurture promising musicians.
to bring up; train; educate.

It's a funny thing but just seeing those definitions (from helps me immensely.  So drumroll please (from the beastly kitty known as Rooba) word for the year will be....


It fits so well and it's been the front runner for some time.  I'm incredibly excited.  Moving on...I signed up for three classes at Big Picture Classes in the last 48 hours.  I know I must be stopped.



I think Ali looks gorgeous in her picture.  I like the bangs and longer hair.  I'm so excited about these three clases and have just added one more to my wish list.  It comes from the creators of Brave Girls Club and fits well with the first class from Cathy Zielske...

Body Restoration Class Link

I also have every intention of signing up for this class at the end of January...


I'm so excited about the class offerings floating around the net right now.  I also love the price point on classes sponsored by Big Picture Classes.  Depending on the teacher...they're a lot of bang for your buck. So I want to leave you with one more thing...check out Radvent on Princess Lazertron's blog for some great ideas for journaling, scrapping, art making, etc.  So inspiring.  And with that...I'm out.  Here's hoping you had or are having a happy holiday.  Blessings all around.  Until then...

BTW: All BPC class pictures can be found on their website at

Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...Changes

Surprised you!  I was going to say Christmas but there are two small things I want to share today.  First - my new hair cut...

To say I was terrified to go from long hair (past my shoulders) to a short cut is/was maybe the biggest understatement I've ever uttered - however - I knew it was time.  It was just impossible.  This is about a week after the cut and all the curly cues have had a time to start to form.  I love it more each day.  Some days it feels like I have phantom hair - I'm looking for my bun and my headband.  But this is me now.  It's so easy to take care of and is just so simple.  Simple is good.

And on to the Holidays!!!!  Since I've made the decision to remain in my neck of the woods this year - my mom really wanted me to have a tree this year.  So - I went out today and went a little wild.  My first Christmas tree at 34.  Teal and green - my favorite color combination.  Love it to so much.

It seems a little empty in places - but I was completely inspired by the floor model.  I'm not a huge fan of decorating and it is a little off balance - but it's done!  That's what matters most for me right now.  Hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday.  Until then...

BTW: Thanks for the tree Mom and Dad!
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