Ali Edwards popularized the idea of choosing "one little word" on which to focus each year. I've been playing along with the idea for several years now - starting with "open," continuing with "flow," and last year focusing on "health." For 2012, I've chosen the word "home." It means several things to me. I want to work on finding my creative home, tending the relationships that are the home for my heart; and fixing up my physical home. Last year (especially the second half) was busy. Too busy, really. I had a very full course load at work, traveled and did too much volunteer work.
This upcoming semester will be much better. I will only be teaching one morning a week! So, I'm planning to use my extra time to tend things here at home. It feels good, and it feels right.
Creatively, I see myself focusing more on my original art - drawing and photography, especially. I want to incorporate more of these things into my collage work. I also plan to continue working with plaster. I've signed up for a couple of classes that start in the next week. Faces 101 with Carla Sonheim runs from Jan. 2 - Jan. 6. It's all about drawing and painting the human face - I think the goal is to great 101 different faces! Creative Jump Start Summit 2012 with Nat Kalbach is a free class with a month's worth of creative inspiration. I'm not sure what to expect, but I'm looking forward to it. I also have two photography classes - a Photo Shop Elements class and a creative exposure class - that I bought and never started. So, those are on my agenda, as well. Do you have any creative classes on your agenda?
I'm looking forward to spending more quality time with my husband and children. There's so much going on in the kids' lives these days, and I realize how fleeting our time with them will be - they will be off to college before we know it. And, when they do leave, I want to make sure that my relationship with my husband is such that we are looking forward to many, many more years together.
Finally, there's a whole laundry list of things that need to be done around our house - from hardwood floors and fence repair to serious cleaning and purging of storage spaces and the back lot. I'm hoping for a lot of "before" and "after" pictures in that regard!
So, have you chose a "word" for 2012? And I'm curious if any of you took Ali Edwards' One Little Word class for 2011 and whether you would recommend it? Let me know!