Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year 2013...

This is for me, a very exciting time... I always love the feeling of a brand new year. A new calendar, and a chance to start anew. I've chosen my word of the year, and feel confident it will stand the test of time... 365 days, by my side. I've chosen to introduce my "Word of the Year" with a handful of creative people in what we call a Blog Hop or Blog Circle. You can follow the link at the end of my post which will share other creative bloggers and their word of the year!

 My word this year is FOCUS; which means to concentrate an effort into a particular area. Well,
my life has many areas. My first will be to focus on my daughters. Continue to lead them by example, and to show them that being focused and having goals takes not only determination, but dedication. My oldest will graduate from high school this year, and step into a whole new world, called real life. The second thing I'd like to put some FOCUS on is, my art business. It has grown steadily in the past year, and it's time to get focused on the things that will benefit most. It's so easy to say yes to everything, and lose focus on what's best for my business, professionally and personally. And last but definitely not least, is to look outside my world and FOCUS on others. I have been given the opportunity to work with a handful of teenage boys who are currently live in a group home. They have shown interest in the world of art, and I've been asked to teach. I've taught  kindergarteners, as well as adults, but never teens. I plan to explore the many mediums that art has to offer, and let them focus on whatever they find most interesting to them. I have a feeling I will learn more from them, than they could ever learn from me. I am blessed with this wonderful opportunity to share my love for the arts.

Edited late January to add this photo: My bracelet arrived. Created by My Chickadee Designs

To continue on to the next blog, my friend Chandra is next! You can find her blog by clicking HERE


  1. Monica - what a great post! I know what you mean about it being easy to say yes to everything (thinking you're helping), but then you slowly lose yourself. Focus is a fantastic word!

    How exciting that you get to work with teens! Looking forward to hearing about it. Happy new year!

  2. Hi Monica, love your post. You are such a generous soul! Thank you for reaching out to those teens. They are our future and it is important to all of us what you are doing for them. Looks like a lot of you will be learning to Focus this year. Awesome life lesson! huggs

  3. Hi Monica,
    I loved reading your post. I can only imagine the honor it was that you were asked to teach art to the boys in a group home. I am sure they will learn a lot from you.:-)

    I enjoyed reading how you will be focusing on yourself, your daughters, and your business. :) I am sure there will be many adventures for you this year!

  4. What a great word you've chosen for yourself!! With all you have going on in your life, I have a feeling that this word is going to become very meaningful to you during the coming year! May your life be filled with many blessings this year! I'm very grateful to be able to "FLY" with you this year as we grow with each other, and especially grow into our words!

  5. Ommigosh ! love it! I love your word but mainly I love where you are going with it! Have a wonderful 2013 focusing on what matters and in leaving your imprint on so many young souls. So awesome what you are doing for the boys in the group home <3

  6. Such a strong word you have chosen and I love it! Sometimes it's so easy to lose our focus, but like you, I love the new year and the chance to plan a new focus with new meaning. I'm happy to be Flying with you on this journey and wish you all the best for 2013!

  7. This was my word last year and it helped me so much once I realized the meaning for me. It's good to focus on the things that matter most in your life. What a great opportunity you are offering to inspire others with your art and share you knowledge with them. What a blessing! May you find your focus this year by following your heart.

  8. Very smart word. For your life and business. That is something I need to remind myself of as I want to do it all, haha.

  9. Hi Monica, "FOCUS" is a such a powerful word with so much to get out of it. I am sure you will grow in many aspects of your life with the power of FOCUS in 2013.


  10. Yay! I like your word! It's great to be able to focus on the things that really matter. It sounds like fun teaching teens art. My son had a wonderful time in his high school art class. Have a wonderful year! I finally made it around the circle! It's so inspiring to see everyone's words and how they have so much meaning to them.