Monday, January 4, 2016

Jan. OMG: My FABULOUS Word Quilt

I find affirmation in using a word to "define" my year of growth and self exploration ahead. Last year I found myself  content to just BE....to let things evolve around me and just kinda watch to see what my role would become as our family found ourselves maneuvering though a huge change in our dynamics. It's been that kind of change that seems to come along every now and then, shakes things up, tests your resilience, your Faith. I can tell ya, it's not always easy watching our young adult children work to find their way in the world. My husband and I certainly hold tight to one another as we learn to balance love with boundaries. Support vs. enable.  I'm especially grateful for his patience as I processed  the many emotions these changing dynamics brought forth over the past 18 months. I'm so rejuvinated to have finally reached a level of acceptance that has truly lead me to my 2016 word/motto:  

With all that life and learning shared, quilting/blogging certainly help keep me sane. I have been contemplating a few different words to define my year...searching for a word that would empower me through situations I can not control. A word that will remind me not to loose myself in emotions and circumstances that are not mine.  I received this mug for Christmas as a gift and just smiled. I started to let the word FABULOUS set in... 

 Then, only a few days later as I turned the page on the calendar,  
I knew immediately I had found my motto for the year:

Not the kind of Fabulous that exclaims, yet the kind of fabulous that finds you just working to be the best you can be. To be happy, creative and content in your own shoes. To notice all the things in  your daily life that make it good. But, first, let's not put the cart before the horse. My One Monthly Goal for January will be to create my FABULOUS word quilt: 
I'm going to miss ALYofF and will be joining
 everyone at OMG to set/share goals this year.
grab button for RedLetterQuilts and Elm Street Quilts One Word 2016
Well, my days of lounging in my pajamas while the weather sits between -3 and 18 degrees have ended and I have to do that thing called: Go To Work today. 
I end this post kinda curious if you use a word to create a focus in the New Year too?

Val's Quilting Studio

23 comments:

  1. I love your choice of word! I don't usually choose a word but this year I did. My word is resilience. After an incredibly difficult 2015 I'm just pleased to be on the other side of the challenge and ready to create, imagine, explore and enjoy 2016. But i know that every year has it's challenges even the great ones so I'm celebrating my resilience and recognizing it's effect on my daily life.

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  2. You're Fabulous!! Looks the like the word was meant to be yours this year.

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  3. Absolutely Fabulous! (an old favorite show, are you familiar?)
    Thank you for linking up with One Monthly Goal Val, I love your FAB patchwork!

    Hope those kids make for a happy day back to work today, I imagine they will be pretty excited to be back!

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  4. Fabulous post! And you are Fabulous!

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  5. You are Fabulous Val and I hope your year is a continuous journey forward with that! So glad you had the support to make it through this year and come out the other side healthy!

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  6. Your FABULOUS word quilt is already looking fabulous.

    Enjoy your first day back a school, I'm sure the kids will have a lot to tell you about their holiday adventures. Will you have a new class of students?

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  7. Yes, Val, you are fabulous! Hang in there, it will be worth it later, YKWIM!!

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  8. Love your choice of words for the year!! I have never done that, but I'm thinking that this year will be support, for many reasons. Good luck on making your goal for OMG!!

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  9. Love the progress on your fabulous quilt. It's very fun and colourful.

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  10. fabulous sounds a good word and your explanation of it sounds so worthwhile. I had chosen a word as there has been quite a bit about it on blogs but due to memory problems have forgotten it already though I have a sneaky feeling it could have been peace that is something I long for

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  11. Love the word Fabulous! Can't wait to see it all finished up. Thanks for be a part of Elm Street Quilts Word 16!

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  12. That is a great word, and clearly meant to be seeing that great mug! I have to get in on the OMG linky (love that) quick!

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  13. Fabulous is a good word for this year. It makes me think of "the Fab Four", but that's not what/who you meant! Anyway Val, here's to a fab year!

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  14. Good choice for a word to lead you through 2016. No, I don't pick a word each year. I can appreciate reading about others... not so interested in figuring out a word for myself. Have a great and fabulous year in all areas of your life.

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  15. I love this word! Such a happy word!! Perfect!!

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  16. An uplifting, crazy wonderful word for 2016. I don't pick a word for the year, I'm not sure I could.

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  17. I went right out and got that calendar. Love M.E..
    I have not chosen a word yet, it's an important endeavor. So much learning to do! I'll be watching to see how Fabulous manifests in your life. LeeAnna

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  18. If one can be content and comfortable in one's shoes and just be, regardless at what life throws at one, then that truly would be fabulous. Love your word, Val. Me thinks fabulous you will shed oodles of 'fabulous-ness' wherever you go, just because fabulous is certainly you!! Xx

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  19. I've decided to not use a word this year as last year turned out to be very unexpected in many ways but I do have a mindset on what I hope to achieve (post to be written soon). I love your word and know that it will truly be a Fabulous year for you.

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  20. Awesome word, great goal! Just 'fabulous'!

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  21. What a wonderful (Fabulous!? :) word and such a great way to keep it front and centre all year.

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  22. You are fab and thank you for leading me to omg I needed a replacement!

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I have to admit, your comments make me smile! Thanks for sharing and for letting me know you stopped by. I Hope your day is awesome!

Val:)

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