Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Word of the Year



A long time ago I resolved never to make another resolution.  Decided in haste they are too easily broken and discarded.  I do however, love the idea of choosing a word for the year which I have seen all over the blogosphere.   Christine Kane gives a good explanation but essentially your chosen word is intended to guide you over the coming year.   I have been considering mine for a while.   So, here it is.  My word for 2012 is grow.

Regular visitors will know that I have suffered something of a creativity slump over the past few weeks and I'm not entirely convinced that I'm over it.  I have to keep reminding myself that I have achieved a lot in the last year - starting my creative journey, beginning this blog, developing my photography.   I did some amazing courses in 2011 both locally and online and I've made some amazing connections along the way. I am so grateful to be able to take them forward with me in 2012.

But I guess you can't always be experiencing the thrill of the steep upward slope.  At some point you have to plateau, take it a bit slower.  I think the trick is to use the plateaus as an opportunity to consolidate all you have and all that you've learnt.  So when I use the word grow, I guess some of that growth is growth from within.  To spend some time considering and reviewing all that I've learnt and to use those tools to build and move forward.

Planning is not something I'm all that great at (ahem...a bit of an understatement.....) but I think my tendency to drift has a lot to do with the fact that I never really have a plan and I find that really frustrating.   In an attempt to rectify this, at least in part, here are some of the things I am using to create a plan and some focus to my growth this year. 
  • I'm already a huge fan of Julia Cameron's morning pages and did them for several months last year. A bout of illness brought that to a temporary (but lengthier than anticipated) halt. I am determined make these into a morning ritual once again. Jamie Ridler has a set of creative practises, this is one of them and you can sign up your commitment to do them here. Come and join us - I can't stress enough how brilliant they are in unlocking and nurturing creativity.
  • Also from Julia Cameron's Artist's Way, I am reintroducing the artist date.  This is where you set time aside each week and take yourself on an artist date.  It can be anything that nurtures your soul from a galley trip, a photography walk to painting your nails in sparkly polish or watching a movie.  I have marked time out in my diary for this.
  • Susannah Conway has a great (and free!) little workbook to 'unravel' the year ahead. You can find it here. I also love her photography manifesto which I will be keeping on hand too.
  • I have signed up to Creative Every Day.  I hope this will be a fun and useful tool in encouraging my creative growth.
  • Kat Sloma is introducing a monthly blog feature called the Photo-Heart Connection.  The idea is to choose one of your photos from that month that gives you the strongest heart-soul connection, post it and write about that connection.  I loved Kat's Find Your Eye course last year and this sounds like a great way to continue that journey.  There is nothing more creatively inspiring than making a connection with like-minded people and this sounds like a brilliant way to do it. 

All of the above are intended to grow my creativity and my creative connections.  I also have a very specific goal for 2012  which is to grow in my photography - across the board but particularly technically.

So, here's to it......growth and creativity for 2012.

What's your word?

4 comments:

  1. Becs,
    For a woman without plans, it would appear that you have a solid one in place to guide you into 2012 and beyond. I will be joining Kat's Photo-Heart Connection as well! My word for 2012 - Explore. I want to try some different things with my photography this year - not sure what yet but I trust that the details will be revealed in time.

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  2. Greetings from Southern California

    I am Your Newest Follower

    Have a Nice Day :-)

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  3. Hello
    @Brenda..I am glad that I appear to have I have plans...very much hoping to be able to actually stick to them this year! Fantastic that you'll be joining Kat's photo-heart connection, I hoped you would be. Explore is a great word, very excited to see where it takes you.
    @Ron.. Happy new year and welcome to Catching Sundust.
    Have a great day. Becsx

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  4. I've been choosing a word of the year since reading about it on Christine Kane's blog four years ago. It's been interesting to see how the word plays itself out in my life each year - often in unexpected ways. This year my word is Renewal. I have plans...but it's the unplanned that I most look forward to discovering!

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