This year I wanted to do a monthly project. I first had an idea or each month to do calendar dolls with tearaway tabs, kind of like a Lenten Counter. But that then morphed into Paper Zodiac Astrology Dolls.
I’m pretty happy with the way the first one turned out. I’m going to have a new doll for you each month and by the end of the year there will be a full set of Paper Zodiac Astrology Dolls. So here is the first of a series.
These Mountain Goat ladies are quite ambitious and determined to make it to “the top of the mountain”. However, sometimes they get a little too one track minded that they can forget to enjoy in the little pleasures and just have fun. Check here to learn more about the Capricorn Zodiac Sign.
Last week I went to watch an assembly at Ava Blu’s School. It was an Oratorical in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There were 35 students plus two second grade classes that participated in the assembly to a full house. I was so impressed with how these students had the courage to take the stage and recite some truly amazing poems and literally pieces by the likes of Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Marianne Williamson. My goodness I don’t think I knew the works of any of these amazing folks till I was in college and some not until much much later!! Two students actually recited the same passage from Marianne Williamson‘s A Return to Love that I think rings true for so many, myself included that I’d like to share it with you here:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Over the holidays I hosted a private Ornament Making Party to help raise funds for my daughter’s school. It was such a fun evening of laughing and crafting and getting to know these lovely ladies much better. Since it was an intimate affair I wanted to have everyone make something that was personal to them and their families. I asked everyone to send me head shots of the family members that they wanted to make ornaments for and we transformed them into pint-size angelic ornaments.
I wish I had taken a few better pictures, but I think you can get the gist on how cute they all turned out!!
Wouldn’t these also make a fabulous Valentine’s day Gift for a loved one. I’m thinking about taking commissions, so if you are interested in having someone turned into a pint-size angelic ornaments for valentines day, a birthday, or just because you love them, send me an email and we’ll make it happen.
I’ve been starting to plan my professional development: self-care and continuing education classes for the year. I’ve been feeling like I needed to invest in myself a little bit more. I didn’t take any classes last year and I think that may have been a mistake. It always good to stay sharp and on point.
Here are a few of the things that I’m planning on for 2014. For a little kick in the ass. I signed up for Lila Rogers Assignment Bootcamp. I always seem to function better when I have a deadline. And if that weren’t enough I signed up for 2 classes at the Writing Salon. One of my 40×40 goals is to write a novel, so I thought I should invest in some tools.
And of course there are a few conferences I’m hoping to attend (in order of calendar dates)Craftcation. I thought it was a perfect way to get my craft on. Ya know, since I wrote a mother daughter craft book. Then there’s the World Domination Summit I’ve wanted to attend ever since I first read Chris Guillebeau first book. And finally there is Squam…an epic creative escape. Who wouldn’t want to attend this creative love fest?
So that’s my professional development plan for the year. Are there any classes or conferences you are planning on attending this year?
I am not a fan of new year’s resolution. The last few years rather than make a resolution, that I’d inevitably break as quickly as I’d made, I have decided to pick a word that has meaning for me to harness and embody for the year. In the past I’ve chosen words like grow, learn, and doing the unexpected.
This year my word is pinpoint. I’m feeling the need to focus and be more precise with the direction I want to take my life, work and business. Usually I try to be really open to what is around me. Feeling like yeah I can do that, and that or even that. But being pulled in too many directions ultimately just make me scattered and feel unclear on what my next steps should be.
I’m working on accurately aligning my goals and actions so that I can land on the mark.