Thursday, March 1, 2012

One Little Word Blog Hop

Welcome to this months One Little Word Blog Hop! February has gone by in the flurry of unknown. I was busy, but I feel like I didn't get much done. So I'm so glad that I was able to work on the prompt for this months One Little Word.

I've been thinking about my word - Define - quite often. I'm really trying to figure out what defines me and the life I want to live. I have hit many road blocks, mainly because of my own thinking. I worry too much about what other people might think and I worry too much about following the rules and doing things the right way.  The problem with that is I don't know who made the rules, so why I'm I following them. I'm questioning many things and trying to work them out. During this journey I have to make sure the rules work for me, but also my family. I can not turn their world upside down, but I can slowly work on changing the way we spend time, money and energy.  It's definitely a long process. But I know it will be worth it in the end.

This months prompts to photograph your word was not easy. How to you take photos of define?? I looked at what areas of my life I need to define or change. From there I tried to find something that would represent that area.  I took all my photos with my iPhone, which I'm in love with.  Since the photos come out to be about a 2x2, it was perfect for the little canvases. I typed the main area of focus before printing and then I added some walnut stain and wrote something about the area of focus to help me work on that theme.

Here's a quick description of each card:

Organize: Create work flows to get more done.  I use work flows for different areas of work, but I never really applied them to things in my home life. I want to see if creating some work flows at home will help me achieve more in less time.

Spirit: Acknowledge and Feed. I'm not sure how I'm going to do this. I'm not a huge spiritual person, but I feel a lose in that area. I need to explore some different ways of being more spiritual, whether thru prayer, mediation or reflection, I'm not sure on that yet.

Family: Spend more time. I should put quality time. We are so busy and running around that we don't spend enough time just being together. I want to start having Sunday morning outings, like walks or bike rides to incorporate time together with exercise and nature.

Simplify: Want Less. Be More. I love the idea of having less. Less to clean and sort and organize. I want to do more, not have more.

Nutrition: Fuel my body with REAL food. This is something I've been doing for years, but lately I haven't been great about planning our meals. I'm going to start meal planning again and want to start teaching my boys more about cooking.

Routine: Create a flow for my day. This works with Organize. I created a morning routine for me and so far I love it but it's still not a habit. I picked 5 things that energize me and start my day off right. I do this things before anything else. Drink glass of water, exercise, shower, Cup of Coffee, Create To Do list for day.  I'm working on my evening routine next.

Design: Feed my desire to learn more.  I realized I'm spending my time doing things I don't really enjoy. I want to work on my love of photography, design and art.

Balance: Don't empty on tank...  This is a reminder to me to not deplete myself. If I don't take care of Mom then no one is happy.

Health: Take care of myself.  I want to get stronger and healthier this year.

So that is how I'm defining DEFINE in photos.  I almost forgot about the large photo for the opening page. So I did something I normally would not do. I took a photo of me right at this moment. No shower, No make-up, Just me.  I'm actually surprised because I don't mind the picture. I think all those self-portraits are making me kinder to myself.

The quote on the photo reads: It is never too late to be what you might have been. -George Eliot.

Thanks for stopping by.  Your next stop on the blog hop is over at Veronica's blog.  If you get lost here is a list of all the blog hop participants.

Melissa S
Melissa C
Monica B   <----YOU ARE HERE
Heidi D  
Jen R    
Missus W 
Dawn G   
Orange Gearle


  1. Monica, as a fellow 'thinker' I know how bogged down I get about everything. I loved your post. If you can use your thinking to help you enact your word you are rocking! I love your montage, it is really succinct (you have a lot going on, it is a huge word!). I also love your cover photo. Thank you.

  2. I enjoyed reading your post, thanks for sharing.

  3. Great collage and those 2x2 photos work so well, the swipe of walnut stain is a nice touch. As another thinker I do understand getting caught up in the search for perfection. Really nice post thanks.

  4. I very much like the approach you used to create a collage representing your OLW. I thought you self portrait and quote were fab. Great post. Thanks for sharing with us.

  5. Cool collage. :) I love the quote on your photo as well. Great work on getting it all done.

  6. I love how you created mini colages with photos and words! So cool!

  7. That word really packs a lot of punch. I hope this year can bring everything you want ... seems you are off to a great start!

  8. Define is such a rich word. I really like the way you have poured a lot of thought into each area. I look forward to seeing where this journey brings you.

  9. I love your photos and captions. And what a great quote. I find myself, as I'm aging, wanting to get to the point where I can look back and see maturity. So much to work on!!

  10. i LOVE your photo collage and embellishments. i can totally relate to the idea of playing by a ridiculous set of rules that don't fit. sounds like your word is really working in your life - even though it's not always easy or pleasant. :) good luck with your journey and i look forward to hearing more about it. love, kelly

  11. I adore your page Monica. I like the combination of photo, word & embellishment. Your words (and "about me") really made me think!

  12. love the style of your page. Define would be a super hard word to do but you did it perfectly!

  13. I so feel you--I thought the same about my word, and how exactly to take pictures of it that would make sense (my word is invest). But when you say : The problem with that is I don't know who made the rules, so why I'm I following them : I darn near yelled YES! EXACTLY!! but my kids were in the room so I said it under my breath instead :) Love your reflection and visiting you each month on the hop. Have a lovely March :)

  14. I love how you did this assignment and I LOVE the self portrait...I know I have a hard time taking a pic of me like that.....I love your take on the assignment and how you really dived into your word.