Word of the year

Eye pencil drawing

“Focus” pencil drawing of an eye in my sketchbook

Hello my dears,

Happy new year!

Hope you had a good break! Mine was wonderful. I took a slightly longer break than I had planned to since our PC crashed the other day, but we’re up and running again now, refreshed and ready to go, so let’s get this new year started!

My word for 2014 is “focus”.

When “focus” first revealed itself to me, I shrugged it off as nothing more than a suggestion. It was too hard around the edges for me. After living with “action” for a year, I thought I needed a softer, prettier word this time around. But it was persistent and I soon came around to its way of thinking. And now I think it is, in fact, the perfect follow up. It fits into every area of my life; home, family, health, and work.

Artistically, I want to focus on doing more graphite drawings, watercolours and coloured pencil this year.

Here on the blog, I want to focus on you (yes, you!), by bringing you lots of tips and tricks on artful memory-keeping, projects for you to sink your teeth into, and put you in the focus through interviews and the like. Starting next month, on Thursday February 6 and every first Thursday of the month after that, you’ll also be able to link up your own monthly highlights with me each month. More on that this Thursday. Hopefully I’ll have found a better photo editing software by then too, since I lost my old one in the crash. Any suggestions on a good free one?


  1. I like focus. Focus requires intention, and really, just silencing the noise and giving attention to what matters. Like, living in yoga class! And check this out. This photo editor is within Squarespace (and there’s an app for phones, too) and I love it for editing photos within my blog. Mailchimp uses it, too. Might be a good temporary fix, until you can find something to edit right on your computer. http://wordpress.org/plugins/aviary-editor/
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  2. Focus is a great word and you’ve illustrated it so beautifully. The eye is fantastic!!

    I, too, lost my favorite photo editing program when my computer crashed. I’ve been using Pic Monkey. It’s very simple and easy for me to use but if you want lots of options it may not be for you.
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    • Thank you Janet! I used Pic Monkey for this photo since I’ve heard people rave about it, but it seems a bit limited after what I’m used to. Hopefully I can afford a new Photoshop or similar soon.
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