2015 :: Delight!

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Happy New Year to All!

The third and final thing I’m keeping in the forefront of my mind for this new year is perhaps the main bit underlying and undergirding the previous two.

**How will I determine what to major in, focus on, emphasize?

Delight!

**How will I follow through on the less than glamorous parts of what is needed to complete a task?

Delight!

**How can I bring my mental, emotional and creative faculties to less than desirable, but needful tasks?

Delight!

**How will I rest at the end of a day, month, year that doesn’t feel like I’ve accomplished all that I’d hoped?

Delight!

“Delight” is my word for 2015. I don’t typically write here about my word for the year. They are often very personal and I enjoy holding these words close and private, letting them unfold throughout a year. It is startling to see how the word I choose at the beginning of a year, becomes so powerful and rich as the year unfolds.

But I’m sharing it with you today, this first day of 2015…a year in which I do not have, at this point, surgery on the horizon! Woo! Hoo! A year in which my husband and I both turn 50 years old. A year in which my second child graduates from high school and goes off to college. A year in which my youngest joins the ranks of teenagers, turning 13 in just a few days.

This word is “delightful” as both a verb and a noun. It’s verb form is what I want each day to be marked by– delighting in the life I’ve been granted. Finding delight in the mundane activities as well as the exciting ones. Carving out space to delight in something each and every day, creative and otherwise.

I’ve been thinking about these words from Isaiah 55:2:

“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.”

I’ll be spending more time “delighting” over on my Knitterly Arts blog, starting today. Please come visit me there! Of course, I’ll be delighting in my life by drawing it and sharing it with you here. So much to delight in, so little time. 🙂

Won’t you join me in Delighting in 2015!?

Follow Through


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Close on the heels of Majoring In One Thing At A Time, is the need to follow through with what you’ve determined to major on for that day, or series of days. I am the queen of creative ADD, an expert “waffler”, starting one thing and then switching to another mid-stream. Once the excitement of a “new project” wears off, I’m dreaming of other projects to begin. “Start-itis” can be a real issue.

In 2015 I’m wanting to continue to explore ways to follow through on creative projects, especially the ones that require a long term commitment…such as writing a knitting pattern or illustrating a children’s book. One of the projects I’m going to major on is the next Genevieve book! I’m really excited about it now! But I know, from experience, that many sketches and drawings into the developing of illustrations will find me looking for other projects to begin. Here’s how I plan on tackling that issue. It has helped me enormously in the past and I plan on employing it in the New Year as well:

1. Break down the long term project into bite sized pieces.

2. Designate small amounts of time daily to the project, allowing for time to be spent on other projects as well.

Approaching a larger creative endeavor in this manner has been hugely helpful in getting me to the finish line. Working this way, I hardly even realize how much I am actually accomplishing. One baby step at a time adds up to a finished project, sometimes sooner than I had expected. When I think of following through on the project as a whole, I can be tired before I’ve even begun! But facing just 30 minutes a day to work on said project, seems so do-able and exciting. Many times I find myself going past the 30 minutes, happily working for longer. But I do cut myself off, so that the freshness and excitement remains for the next day.

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The crazy thing is that I have several long-term projects I’d like to tackle. So I do have to limit myself. Be reasonable, for goodness sakes Jennifer!!

**Tomorrow, New Year’s Day, I’ll share with you the third and final way I want to move through 2015. I hope you all have a fun time ringing in the New Year!

See you in 2015!

***Please feel free to share ways you’ve found to follow through on your creative endeavors in the comments! We can all benefit from each other!

FYI:

My first children’s book, Genevieve and the Kite,

is available on Amazon and my Etsy shop for a signed copy.;)

A set of 6 cards with two images from the book

is available in my Etsy Shop too!