Blethers and blahs

Random ramblings from a chaotic life

One Little Word

on January 4, 2012

First of all I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has been kind enough to leave me a comment on my storytelling Sunday post.  For the lady who asked, yes I am from Scotland, from Glasgow.  My maternal grandparents were both Glasgow born though their parents were both from Ireland, my grandmother’s family was from the north and my grandfather’s family was from the south and they met in a Glasgow dance hall.  Writing that post was a complete spur of the moment thing and I am grateful to Sian for providing the vehicle for my memory sharing.

Now for the only thing I do in the way of intentions/resolutions each year and that is to choose my One Little Word.  I have done thins for several years now after reading about it on Ali’s blog.  Last year I didn’t keep it as focused as I would have liked and by the second half of the year I found myself feeling as though I had lost my way with a few things, not least my scrapbooking and photography.  In fact during my final sort and purge of 2011’s photos I discovered that I didn’t take a single, personal photo during November.  That is the first time a whole month has gone by without me using my camera in many years and was quite a shock.  The feeling of having lost my way is quite ironic as my word for 2010 was ‘Journey’.  I did think about having ‘Focus’ as my word for this year but somehow it just wasn’t enough so having thought and googled for a word that would capture my intent for the year ahead I have decided on ‘Persevere’.  I almost went with perseverance but I felt that persevere was that bit more, that little bit stronger and that subtle difference was what I needed.  I always try to find a quote that goes with my word and though this year it is more of a definition I am going to print it out and frame it and hang it where I can see it often.

Persevere – steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

I am determined that I will be using my stash of everything this year, not caving in and buying more or giving it away so it doesn’t count.  I am going to try to complete a project life album, a paper version as digi is much easier to forget about and get sidelined from as opposed to a binder that is there and needs moved to get to the desk.  I figured that this would get me back into using my camera more often and make a dent in my paper stash.  I have bought some of the digi bits but will be using a lot of what I already have to hand.

I have completely missed the last 3 weeks of WOWW so I want to get back into the habit of that also, with a view to making at least a page a week and I want to have captured a whole host of stories, maybe even some with scrapbook pages to go with them, on Storytelling Sundays so you can see why I would need to persevere.  Added to all this I have a new job teaching 2 afternoons a week at my grandchildren’s school, which will be a challenge, along with my own job and we have 5 weeks to pack up our school, in our own time, and then a whole day to unpack it ready to teach again next month.  I think that fitting in the other things I enjoy doing like knitting, crochet, sewing, reading, eating and sleeping, may be more tricky at times but I aim to give it my best shot.  The old saying of ‘if you want something done ask a busy person’ may just turn out to be true.  I will simply need to prioritise and persevere when things get hectic.  For now I am away to begin a rather large photo order as that was another thing I sort of ‘lost’ last year.  Take care x


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