Goodness, I can't believe I have been away from the computer for a week! It has been a really nice break... although I have to admit I did check my email and Reader through my phone a few times. I needed a little bit of time to recharge for the new year, reflect on 2008 and really think about my hopes and dreams for 2009. It was quite therapeutic, especially when mixed with a great visit from my niece Nicole who was in town before starting her last semester at VCU.
I decided a new year needs a new notebook, so I sprung for a nice graph paper moleskin to write my "resolutions" in. I also plan to carry the notebook with me so I can jot down ideas and inspiration along the way.
The first entry was a page devoted to my one little word for 2009: Grace. I came across this word when working through the book Style Statement last fall and fell in love with the books definition (more on my style statement soon - I promise). When I read about the one little word project, I knew Grace would be my word for the year. I think it really embodies much of what I am looking for, striving for and much of who I am at my best. So as my reminder to be true to it, it grabbed the first page in my new notebook.
The books definition of Grace is:
Greek mythology tells of sister Goddesses Joy, Charm and Beauty called the three graces. Graceful is poised and dignified and, at her best, is a giving, generous spirit who seeks to impart kindness and dignity. Love is her fuel; goodwill is her motivation and guide. Graceful prefers meaning and substance but will practice courtesy and compassion rather than forcing her views about a situation. Graceful has a sense of fit and propriety, a craving for balance and good form and proportion. She adores harmony and material and immaterial luxury—from finery to leisure. Rooted in feminine power, Graceful has a quiet and steady confidence. She endeavors to make everything special in the most considerate and ultimately charming ways, and she tends to make it all look effortless.
The second page of my new notebook holds my crafty to do list for 2009. I simplified my list to help me focus and not be overwhelmed by the sheer number of things I want to make.
My 2009 list includes:
- sew more clothes, specifically a jacket
- expand my machine embroidery knowledge
- refresh my photography skills and set up a mini at home studio with good lighting
- explore paper crafts
- learn to free motion quilt
- take a class
- use my moleskin to track ideas, inspiration, write to do lists etc.
My notebook also holds some brainstorming on how to bring my Frugal Yet Fabulous Everyday! mission to life, but it is still a work in progress. I am happy to have so much support on this journey - thanks to everyone for the comments, they really help keep me motivated.