One Little Word 2012
One little word for 2012. That’s what I’ve been reflecting on for the past few weeks…what will be my one little word for this brand new year? Last year marked the first time I ever chose a word as a theme for myself for the year, and I have to say my word (creativity) did provide me focus and intention. So as December was drawing to a close, I started to meditate on what my word would be for 2012. I journaled the possibilities and let the list of words reverberate in my heart and mind for a week or so. And one word kept calling to me. At first I didn’t really want to listen to this word…it isn’t a juicy or sexy or dreamy word in any way. But, it’s the word that echoed the loudest and the longest. It’s the word that rung the most true for me, right now.
Practice is so very layered with meaning (for me). Practice = habit. Practice means “repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency.” Practice refers to the process of doing something. Practice also encompasses focusing less on being perfect. With these meanings in mind, I want 2012 to be a year of practice. A year of cultivating daily habits of photography and creativity. A year of engaging in regular self-care for my body, mind, and spirit. A year of focusing on the process rather than the product. A year of not comparing myself to others’ work and accomplishments, but of growing and developing and becoming.
So today, I put practice out to the Universe. In the words of Ali Edwards, I invite practice into my life. I make space to let practice speak to me. And I’m incredibly excited to follow where practice leads me.
Do you have one little word for 2012? Speaking of practice, join me in a fun photography project for 2012 that is all about shooting with film (a definite practice in my book!).
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