Thursday, March 1, 2012

OLW Blog Hop: February in Review

Welcome to the March 1 One Little Word Blog Hop!
This hop highlights different projects completed by students in Ali Edwards' One Little Word class at Big Picture Scrapbooking. The entire hop will be live as of 8 a.m. PST on March 1.

For this month's assignment,  Ali challenged us to take nine photos that highlight our One Little Word. My word for 2012 is Rest.

I'll be honest. I'm not doing so great with my word right now - which has become painfully obvious in the last week or so.

I'm learning - the hard way - the importance of rest, and in my world, taking a sabbath to recharge and renew. Without this time away, I become ineffective not only in my personal life, but also in my ministry. (And if I am truly honest with myself, I become a wee bit grumpy to be around.)

But back to the assignment. I'll admit, trying to determine the nine photos that represented my word left me stuck. Frozen. Unable to take photos.

Last week, I finally posted on the OLW forum for advice.One of my fellow classmates challenged me to take a few pics of things that recharge my soul.

Because I was at a conference in Nashville, and a bit out of my "everyday" schedule, I decided to take her advice, "unplug" and try to rest.

Eventually this collage will be part of my nine pictures.

The pictures represent (from the top left corner):

The hotel bed - sometimes you just need sleep.

What I'm reading - I love spiritual memoirs and Lauren Winner's Still is my current read.I'm not "speeding through it, but rather savoring it.

Clock - to remind me that sometimes you just need to go to bed.

Tea - my drink of choice, especially since I'm weaning off of soda and have given up lattes for Lent.

A self portrait - because sometimes when you rest, it helps you remember to look at life half-full.

I'm still struggling with my word - and what it represents in my world. But I'm finding that this class makes me keep my word front and center in my thoughts. It seems I just need to stop, rest and be open to what God wants to teach me in 2012.

Thanks for coming by and checking out my progress in the OLW class. Have fun checking out the other posts on the tour.
 
-----> You Probably Came From Here:
Cindy http://seriousplay.typepad.com

-----> You Are Here:  
Kaylea http://www.myscrappylife.com

-----> Go Here Next: 
 Dawn G www.sunshineandcreativity.com

The Full Tour: 
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Margie http://xnomads.typepad.com

Melissa S http://blog.mshanhun.com

Sharyn http://LaVieEnChic.com

Kimberlee http://scrapsandsass.blogspot.com

Jill http://jillconyers.com/

Cheri http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com

Cindy www.cynthiacrysdale.com

Jenn www.studiojenn.blogspot.com

Monica http://scrapinspired.com/

Catherine  http://myview-catherine.blogspot.com/

Naomi http://poeticaperture.com/

Jamie jmpgirl.blogspot.com

Coley http://coleybelle.blogspot.com/

Melissa C www.smudgetime.com

Donna http://holimess.blogspot.com/

Monica B http://questtoperfectimperfection.blogspot.com/

Veronica www.veronicanorris.typepad.com

Heidi D http://mommy.heidimdavis.com/

Lisa http://backtoallen.com/category/one-little-word/

Nikki www.inkyart.com.au

Devon http://www.youhadmeatneurotic.com

Amanda http://scrappnbee.blogspot.com

Brooklyn www.everysnapshot.com

Kristina http://hrinspirationfromthe403.blogspot.com/

Jen R http://jenritchie.com

Kara http://iwannabemewhenigrowup.blogspot.com

Eydie www.whatwecreate.net

Ruth http://suburbansahm.blogspot.com

Missus W http://www.mrswookieswanderings.blogspot.com/

Marilee http://rose-brier.blogspot.com

-----> You Probably Came From Here: Cindy http://seriousplay.typepad.com

-----> You Are Here: Kaylea http://www.myscrappylife.com

-----> Go Here Next: Dawn G www.sunshineandcreativity.com

Rebekah http://istampscrapcraft.blogspot.com/

Becky www.becky-handforth.blogspot.com

Orange Gearle orangegearle.blogspot.com

Katrina www.katrinasimeck.com

Jo http://www.mrsbeee.blogspot.com

Nicky Www.seejanebake.blogspot.com

Beth www.thesingularlyordinary.blogspot.com

Kelly http://mindingmynest.com

Tere http://terecontodomicorazon.blogspot.com/

Note: As a freelance journalist, I am often provided stuff by publishers. However, I paid for my entrance into the One Little Word class. This post was not influenced by anything except my efforts to do the homework - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

24 comments:

  1. Love the idea of the FTC checking out someone paying you to rest (and if you can get that sort of job grab it!).

    Neat collage - looking forward to seeing the rest of your 9 photos.

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    1. Thank you! (for the giggle and for the comment. Appreciate your visit!)

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  2. I love your photos Kaylea and I don't think you should put pressure on yourself to finish the 9 photos right now; maybe they will come as you work through the course. I think you have an awareness and that is such a great step. Some words are just a little bit harder to pin down in more concrete words/images. Have a great March!

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    1. Cynthia
      Thanks for your comment. Rest is such a hard word to photograph. Thanks for your encouragement!

      Appreciate ya!

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  3. The joys of balancing the fun, the necessary, and rest. Look forward to following your journey the rest of this year. Rest is huge for my state of well being, but it's still not an easy choice!!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Rebekah. I appreciate your comments.

      I took time to rest today and my well being seems much better.... but it took lots of conscious effort today! Here's to the journey for both of us!

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  4. hang in there Kaylea. it's just like ALI said - it's a marathon, not a race. even if you didn't do the assignment, it sounds like your word is active in your life. and that's all that matters anyway. love, kelly

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    1. Thanks Kelly. appreciate the reminder of the marathon not sprint......

      Sometimes I wish the lessons weren't so painful.....lol

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  5. Kaylea, what is REST? If you can bottle some, I am buying! LOL! I love your montage of pictures! It is awesome! Maybe with lent, your soul can rest and come out of Easter recharged and awake? Now that is some cool symbolism :D ! Good luck with your OLW in March! -Amanda

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    1. Amanda -
      Thanks for coming by and thanks for the image related to lent and Easter.... awesome word picture.

      Appreciate your encouragement!

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  6. You kept your word in the forefront of your mind and that's a great start. And sometimes all we need to do is to look at the world and the things in it differently ~ you did exactly that.

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    1. Ruth
      Thank you for your encouragement. I need to remember that things don't have to be perfect... I just have to let myself learn and grow.

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  7. If you can find someone willing to pay you to rest let me know! I'm in. Great job on the prompt. Rest on your laurels for a job well done.

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    1. Donna...thanks for the laugh.
      I appreciate your encouragement and that you took time to visit my blog.

      If I find someone to pay us to rest... I'll make sure you are the first to know!

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  8. Kaylea, I like the collage of images you put together on your trip. Sometimes struggling with a concept or word makes it even more powerful in our lives.

    And your disclaimer at the bottom really made me laugh! thanx
    ~Marilee

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and encouraging me. (and thanks for the laugh about the disclaimer... I have to put it on all of the reviews and I though, well, this is kind of a review....)

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  9. Yep, Kaylea, I agree with all the ladies above that you need to stop pressuring yourself. I am at a hotel this very minute because I needed some breathing space for 24 hours... and my daughter has been waking up every night lately. Sleep changes our perspective in a huge way and I knew my sadness lately has been due to that. I feel better already! You have a great attitude.

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    1. I hope you got some needed rest! Prayers for your breathing space and your own OLW journey.

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  10. I like how you captured images that reflect something positive and uplifting for you. I know it's harder said than done, but be kind to yourself :)

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement! Sometimes I just need to quit over thinking things.... I appreciate your encouragement and support.

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  11. Great job on the project. I like your photos.

    I am also happy that you were trying to get rested and take care of yourself. It is so important and I think that it is great that you brought that up.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. I'm slowly making my way through all the OLW blog post. I like your photo college. Sometimes are word doesn't speak loudly to us but it just shimmers in the background. You are thinking about it and when you are ready it will speak to you. Don't give up.

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    1. Thanks for the image of the word shimmering in the background. What a great way to think about it. I appreciate your encouragement....

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