Monday, June 10, 2013

one little word: may

Even though I don't write about it much, I'm still on the One Little Word bandwagon, plugging away with my word of the year: story.

In May the challenge was to take words/quotes/overheard words etc... and apply them to a positive expression of our word in our lives right now. Here's what I came up with:

I made the cards by stamping a circle stamp in 3 alternating shades of yellow and then adding the embellishments. Nothing fancy. I opted to keep things simple and let the words do the work.

I'll be honest, I sort of started this month out with a bang, then petered off only to finish it last minute. And yet, it has been a very introspective month, full of re-evaluation in terms of priorities. I've spent a lot of time thinking about how to manifest my eco goals in my daily life, how sustainable my choices are, the life that I want to carve out for our son (as in what I want to model to him, not what I expect of him), and how I deal with others.

The month flew by and yet it was full. Full of trying to get out and do things that reflect the life I want (more art and culture), making sustainable choices (upcycling goods, buying second hand), and purging (cleaning out craft room and getting rid of some of the excess). I spent a lot of time thinking about ways to eat better (admittedly I failed when it came to freezies and frozen yogurt) but I have been working on cooking freezer meals, so that counts somewhat, doesn't it? I've opted to forgo things that nurture strife in my life, instead choosing a simpler path (this is not easy for me, I'm a fighter and naturally tend towards doing things the hard way), and while this means I'm grieving a little for some of the things I'm letting go in order to do so, I'm happier with the choice of minimal drama and surprised by the unexpected ways that people and the universe are providing happy alternatives instead.

Overall, May was a good month. It was a month of financial recovery after everything came due in our lives (taxes, car, winter heating bills, appliances, etc, etc), which was important because it forced me to take a hard look at my financial choices and hopefully implement some changes. But I'm even happier to embrace June because there will be a bit more wiggle room in it and the end of pregnancy is in sight. I'm also excited about what this month has in store because it's just so fascinating to watch Bean grow these days and be excited about all the fun adventures I have in store for the month, from watching my brother graduate to other, to be shared, activities!

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