I was thinking that my word for 2016 would be something along the lines of discipline or follow-through or commitment. But all of those words had a punishing tone to me, a schooling if you will. But devotion, ahhhhh devotion! It still communicates commitment and discipline and follow through but it’s all about LOVE.
I’ve been noticing that I’m half-assing it when it comes to certain things I want to cultivate in my life. Devotion is my reminder that I want to be all in. I want to devote myself to whatever it is I am doing, whether that’s washing the dishes or making art or building friendships, with a sense of love and sincerity. I don’t want to half-ass it. I want to be all in. With love. With devotion.
The other thing that I love about this word is it’s reference to the sacred. I love the idea of devoting myself to all the things I’m tending to throughout my day to day life with a sense of divine, sacred love. Because all things are sacred and deserve to be witnessed and seen and nurtured as such.
I’m all about it in 2016. I’m curious what will unfold. I just know it will be beautiful. And hard. And just right.
Another thing that’s coming up in 2016 is my ten year anniversary since starting my creative business. I can’t believe what has unfolded since that day in 2006 when I decided to take the leap, buy a printer, open up an Etsy shop, and sell my prints and originals. An entire life awakened. I’m so grateful!
We have so many special things planned to help celebrate this huge milestone, including all the people who helped make it happen.
Part of what we’ve got planned is a brand new spankin’ website with all sorts of bells and whistles, a new blog (with the comments open – finally!), crazy massive giveaways, a look back at some of my earliest blog posts when things were still so so new (and scary), a big party here in Portland, and much more. Stay tuned as it all unfolds….I’m excited to share it all with you.
I need your help and input!
We will also be launching a new newsletter in the coming weeks. I’ve been thinking a lot about the way I currently send out updates and I’m considering changing things up quite significantly with my newsletter – the content, how often I send, what to include, and more.
I’m curious what YOU think. What would you like to see from me in your inbox in 2016? Do you read our current newsletters? Are they too long, too short, just right for you? Do you wish we included less XYZ? Or more XYZ? Would you prefer short and sweet announcements? Would you like to receive sweet love notes, encouragement? Or just updates and information?
Part of what I love about what I do is the community of kindreds. I’d love to hear your input, so please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and kindly tell me what you’d like to see more of in 2016. I truly want to know!