I've been uming and ahing about whether to actually sign up for the class and do this 'properly' or just to do it unofficially. I've known what my word would be ever since I first read about it on Kim's blog, but today I finally caved and signed up and I think it's going to be really good. My #yearofmaking project is already encouraging me to be more creative this year and I think One Little Word will tie in really well with that.
Over the last few years we've had a few rough patches and especially over the last year I could really feel myself getting down about things, but instead of dealing with it I've been projecting it onto the world around me. On a daily basis I can hear myself constantly whingeing and griping about every single thing and getting unreasonably angry about little things. Some days it feels like all I do is complain, so it was easy to pick my word for this year: Gratitude.
Throughout all that's happened to us since we got married over three years ago, I've been able to hold onto how lucky we are to have all the things that we have in spite of what was happening; we have each other, our kids, a place to live, a wonderfully supportive and ever-expanding extended family and disposable income (although I need to do better with controlling it!). We are buying a house of our own and I am learning to drive through the incredible generosity and support of friends. We are so,so lucky. I have nothing to complain about,and so in 2015 I want to spend time with gratitude.
Because I'm not really a scrapbooker, although I do have an unreasonable love of collage and taking awful photos (must work on improving that this year), I'm going to do this through a mixture of a small notebook, Instagram and this blog. I said a while back that I wanted to post more non-book related things here and this and my #yearofmaking are the start of that. I think that my word will help me with the sense of overwhelm I've been feeling about the amount of things we have conflicted with my love of acquistion. Hopefully with a feeling of gratitude I'll be able to be happier with what I have and less always on the lookout for more. We shall see.
Gratitude (n) the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness