6 month check up on my word of the year: Innovate

Jun 12, 2012 | Life in Progress

Dear Innovate,
It’s been six months since I declared you relevant, when I launched the idea of you into my life, into my business, into my consciousness. At the time, I chose you because I wanted to push up against my boundaries and invent new ways of doing things in my life, and in my work. I wanted to break rules, create new ones, and redefine what was possible. I also wanted to celebrate what was already there, but reinvent what needed new life – by learning new things and inventing new ways of doing the old things.

Most importantly, I wanted to try on new ways of considering everything and turning every thought upside down, sideways, and so on until an aha hit, until an idea emerged, until inspiration fostered movement.


Innovation = movement forward. That’s what I wanted. That was the goal.


And so here we are, six months later. And in some (mostly slow, mostly small but getting bigger) ways, my life has been turned upside down and sideways because of you. Because of what you have inspired. Because of what you have taught me to unlearn.

I went to see an energy healer earlier this year. New for me. It inspired Movement in the forward direction. I began to see a naturopath and consider new ways of wellness, new ways to keep my mind and my body at it’s maximum potential. More Movement. More forward motion. In between all of that, we are currently in the midst of a 21day whole food cleanse (no dairy, no wheat). Totally new way of eating for us (kale chips! beet chips! protein smoothies! kale everything! spinach everything!). Movement. Recreating a whole new way of eating, a whole new way of living. Innovation.


And then there is business, creative life. In just the few months since declaring you a part of my life, you’ve really done a number on my biz life. Did you see the new line of cuff bracelets? We have you to thank for that one, Innovate. Inspired by new ways of doing old things, I also completely revamped the sponsorship program, and restructured some key things on my site, including a lovely new bio, a new way of sending thoughtful, meaningful, super cute newsletters, and so much more. You are teaching me that we really can craft the exact life, including a business life that we want. And this means making our own rules. Who said bios and newsletters and sponsorship programs, etc need to be stuffy and blah? Thanks for helping me see the light. And thanks for the inspiration that has fostered movement (forward).

And guess what else? Because of you, my creative thinking is on fire when it comes to creating content for this blog. The following new series will be making their debut soon here in this space. Thank you, innovation. More movement. More forward motion.

Plus several more projects in the works, including The Possibilitarian Project (it’s good, so good), Art On The Go, and Soulful Lessons From An Accidental Entrepreneur.

I could go on and on. It’s as if some switch has been turned on, a faucet left running, a windfall of inspiration. Turns out unlearning old ways, and inventing new ways is a way into motion, movement, and new beginnings. I love beginnings. And I am most definitely at the beginning of this innovation thing. I’ve got the bug.

The hearts are everywhere I look these days. Here's another for you. Xo!

Thanks for everything, but mostly for reminding me that we really do get to make the rules, that we get to choose, that we get to craft the exact life, the exact business, the exact way of seeing things that have been waiting for us all along.

You might be my favorite “word of the year” yet.
Kelly Rae

How are you guys doing with your words of the year? Are you checking in, remembering, forgotten your word? I’d love to know 🙂

Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (10 comments)
  1. Kristin

    I must admit to not having checked back on my word in a very long time. I honestly had to stop and think about it a minute to remember what it was. I guess it is a testimony to a full time career and two children 20 mos and 3 y/o. However I did choose possibilities and looking back have tried to find the more positive outlooks for my life and my work. Thanks for the reminder and open review.

  2. Bev

    you always inspire me kelly, and thank you…for reminding me that i can make the rules…

  3. Jenny Blair

    My word for the year is "liberation"..said while doing a star jump yipee!
    Its a daily practise.. to remind myself to let go of the "shoulds" but the small changes are a- fluttering inside 🙂
    Loving you word and all the sparks that have flown from it x

  4. angie fraley

    Oh man oh man, can I just tell you how much I LOVED your new bio and watching you paint from beginning to end. Very inspiring – love.

  5. Tejae: Heart Shaped Art

    sweet kelly, my word of the year is "success" all small letters because it wasn't about fame and fortune it was about getting my creative mojo back, experimenting, playing and having fun in the studio again (like artfest that first year).

    I haven't been "checked in" officially until right now and I've got to say I'm happy with the changes that have been made this year, art coach, new website, new direction…i'm having fun and I think it shows. 🙂

    i love the new features you have on your site. 🙂 great job.

    tejae ♥

  6. curlygirlpress

    Thank you for reminding me I can choose the life I want. I'm 34 weeks pregnant and looking forward to time with baby (off work) and time to play in my studio (while off work), but everyone still tells me that life will basically end when the baby is born and all I'll have time for is him. I intend to give him every second he needs while I still live my life, nurture my relationship with hubby, and explore creativity. I CAN have it all. Thank you for the reminders!!!

  7. Sherry Williamson

    I'm looking forward to the new series- looks like 'Innovate' has earned it's keep in your life!

  8. Rose D. Frenchtown, NJ

    Keep it going, Kelly! Thank you for the inspiration!

  9. Katie

    You inspire me. Thanks for being so brave, so honest, and so transparent.


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