my word // serve

I hope everyone is having a great 2013 so far! I’m lying in bed sick today but can’t complain cause I’ve got an amazing husband who is taking care of the kiddo (she has been such a Daddy’s girl the last few days) and I’ve also been watching mixed media/art journal videos on YouTube. If I can’t create at least I can get inspiration, right?

So anyway, since today is the first day of the new year (which I am SOOO excited about!) I thought I would share my one little word for the year with you.

For the past two years I haven’t been able to pick “one little word”, it has always been two. In 2011 my words were move and pray, and 2012 was create and celebrate (create was a huge success, celebrate not so much).

For 2013 I have had just one word stick out to me: serve (though I do find it slightly ironic that I chose that word and then ended up sick and having to be served . . .).

In 2013 I want to serve:

* my husband and strive each day to be a better wife
* my daughter – she really is a blessing to have and I think this word will be a great one on days/times when I am feeling frustrated with her
* my friends and family
* my community
* people across the world

I have a feeling this word will be showing up in various forms through my art through the next 12 months.

Did you choose a word or two for 2013? I would love to hear what they are!

And randomly, here’s a canvas I made yesterday:

I hope your 2013 is starting out well!

with love,


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  • Leah

    Fun canvas! My word for 2013 is progression. I like this whole idea of picking a one word theme, should be good for focusing. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Marie

    I agree with Hannah…serve is a powerful word and comes with great opportunity.
    I don’t have a specific word for this year, rather it continues to be the same as the past couple of months…defend and courage…;)…still not sure what they exactly mean…

  • Fiona

    Ooh, I love your canvas. Such bright, happy colours! Serve is a great word, too. I’ve always had trouble picking and sticking to one word. This year my word is Habit. Boring, I know, but I think it’s time for me to develop some good habits in my life, so I have time for all the things that are important to me. I am completely swayed by my emotions, so I’ll be working on making habits so I just get it done, no matter how I feel. I’m looking forward to seeing how your word influences your choices over the next year! Hugs xoxo

    • Chantel

      I think habit is a great word Fiona. It is definitely something I could use some more of in my life, especially when it comes to laundry and doing the dishes!

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