Every year Ali Edwards encourages people to select "One Little Word" to help guide them through the year. I chose "Home" as my one little word, and I resolved to focus on three different aspects of the word: my house (our physical home); my family relationships (which are the home for my heart); and my artistic home. It's been a while since I've checked-in on my OLW, but you can see my earlier posts by clicking on this link. All-in-all, my OLW has been a powerful touchstone for me this year.
I have been very productive at going through the house, room by room, cleaning and decluttering. I conquered the bathrooms, the laundry room, the front hallway closet, my walk-in closet, a lot of my crafting supplies, the dining room, the living room, the backyard storage sheds, the attic and about half the kitchen. I need to finish the kids' rooms, my craft stuff and the kitchen and then conquer the garage. But I feel like I can do it by the end of the year. I've been following along with Organized Housewife 20 Day Challenge, and it's been a good way to revisit those rooms I took care of earlier this year.
As for family, I've put in a lot of time trying to understand my teenage daughter and figure out how to help her find her way through adolescence and into adulthood. It's been a rocky road that has definitely required me to be mindful, but I feel like we have made progress. And she's doing really well so far in High School. Paul's illness, for all its awfulness, has definitely brought us closer together and forced us to focus on what is really important.
Finally, with respect to art, it has been a good year. I've worked hard on learning to draw faces and how to sketch all kinds of other things. I've really enjoyed painting with water colors, in addition to acrylics. Although I haven't taken any photography classes (and have not brushed up on photoshop), I have really enjoyed my new DSLR and have taken some shots of which I am proud. I have done fewer art journal pages and mixed media collages this year, but I am happy that the ones I have done incorporate more of things created by me (drawing, painting, photographs, etc.). I have done a little scrapbooking, and I have taken very few photos for scrapping. Not sure how I feel about this last point, but I think it's probably okay.
So, that's where I stand with my one little word. I like how it has helped to guide me through this year. How has your "word" been influencing you?