Tuesday, March 1, 2011

OLW Blog Hop

YEAH!  My first blog hop!!  I am SO EXCITED!

I joined One Little Word on a whim. I missed the Picture Winter workshop community so much that I needed more.  Little did I know what I was missing!  I came across Big Picture Classes a few years ago.  I would check out their site and check out their classes, but would never sign up.  I don't even know what brought me back again, but I am so glad I did.

For the month of February we were tasked with cultivating our word and bringing it into our life.  I will say that I struggled a little.  Not because I couldn't bring joy into my life, but because I know what brings me joy.  I know what makes me happy.  I do.  I really do.  I just don't celebrate it.  I don't feel it in the deepest part of my heart.  I know it.  I just don't feel it. 

I am looking forward to continuing this journey.  I look forward to changing the way I experience things.  I want to feel the joy and share it.  When I became a mother, my wish was for my children to smile easy and to be enthusiastic about life.  How will they do that if I don't model it for them?  Don't get me wrong, we have fun.  We do things as a family.  We enjoy each other.  I just don't get overly enthusiastic and I wish I did.  Not overly - just enthusiastic.

So, this year I will work on it.  I will try to smile easy so that my kids will.  I will try to be enthusiastic, because there are so many things to be enthusiastic about.  I can't wait for this life changing year.  I can't.

Now you should "hop" on over to Beth's blog at http://justbebeth.wordpress.com/ and check out her post for the blog hop.  Have fun!  If you get lost you can come back here and go right down the list below.

I hope you check back here again sometime and leave a comment, if you have a minute!

1.    Margie                          http://xnomads.typepad.com/
2.    Monica B                              http://scraplifters.blogspot.com/
3.    Jill                        http://jillconyers.typepad.com/
4.    Miranda                 http://mirandasscrapsite.blogspot.com/
5.    Donna                        http://www.donnabryantdurand.blogspot.com
6.    Lynn                                          www.crafty-creativity.blogspot.com           
7.    Stacey                        http://www.TheAcornGarden.com/blog
8.    Lisa                                    http://backtoallen.com/writers_blog
9.    Cassie                        http://craftycassiescorner.blogspot.com/
10. Abbey                                    http://athomewiththerichardsfamily.blogspot.com/
11. Nicky                                    http://seejanebake.blogspot.com
12. Holly                                    http://lovingrobots.blogspot.com/
13. Karen                                    http://breathenowsmile.blogspot.com/
14. Claudia                        http://creative-moms.com/
15. Rebekah                        http://istampscrapcraft.blogspot.com/
16. Kimberly                        http://foreverdaisies.blogspot.com/
17. Kat                                    http://www.katswonderings.blogspot.com/
18. Kristina                        http://ciqis.blogspot.com/
19. Jan                                    http://mysimplelittlelife.typepad.com/
20. Nikki                                    http://www.inkyart.com.au/
21. Amanda                        http://www.scrappnbee.blogspot.com/
22. Lisa                                    http://luluoz.typepad.com/
23. Sam                                    http://learncreatedo.wordpress.com/
24. Maureen                        http://cookingmylife.blogspot.com/
25. Kristi                                      http://theprojectofme.wordpress.com/
26. Tere                                    http://terecontodomicorazon.blogspot.com/
27. Karen                                    http://womenontractors.blogspot.com/
28. Katrina                          http://k84mansramblings.blogspot.com
29. Monica Bergler            http://questtoperfectimperfection.blogspot.com/
30. Mandy                        http://captureandcreate.wordpress.com/
31. Lisa                                    http://makeyourownescape.blogspot.com/
32. Chrissy                        http://getcraftywithchrissy.blogspot.com/
33. Lee                                     http://linarstudio.typepad.com/embracelife
34. Jen                                    http://www.byjen.com/
35. Sylvia                                    http://baxtersmom1.blogspot.com/
36. Christianne                        http://christiannemarra.blogspot.com/
37. Cheri                                    http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com/
38.  Joy                                    http://www.undiscoveredjoy.blogspot.com/
39.  Beth                                    http://justbebeth.wordpress.com/
40.  Jennifer L                        http://www.studiojenn.blogspot.com/
41.  Kathryn                        http://www.katlodesigns.com/
42.  Heather                        http://www.scrappyhare.blogspot.com/
43.  Cindy                                    http://seriousplay.typepad.com/    
44. Cynthiau                        http://paperpapereverywhere.blogspot.com/


  1. I love that you're celebrating Joy. My word is clear and with my mental clarity I have been led to the concept of happiness. And apparently I'm not alone. I can relate to your wishes for your children and your level of enthusiasm. I am striving for similar things because I've just realized that I can choose to be happy. I'm so glad I stopped by. Have a wonderful blog hop!! (I'm stop #34)

  2. I love the photo of the sleeping dog...so cute! Best wishes bring your word Joy into your life this year!

  3. So glad you could join our blog hop! Welcome!

  4. Sometime whims can really make a difference! Great photos! EnJOY March :)

  5. Beautiful journalling. Perhaps everyone feels joy in different ways, some in a more calm way, others in a more open excited way. Good luck!

  6. Funny how much I learned about you from viewing your nine photos :)

  7. Thank you so much for the comments and your kind words. I am so excited to be joining you every month! Thanks :-)

  8. so glad you've joined us. great photos. enjoy march

  9. Great photos, especially all the painted nails. :) Kids (my kids, anyway) seem to have no trouble at all getting overly excited about anything... perhaps you can find some inspiration in them. :) Good luck on your journey!

  10. These are beautiful photos. I think they capture your word. enJOY :)

  11. oh that dog is the cutest!!! and mmm love that RED kitchen mixer!!! very cool!!!

  12. teaching your kids to embrace their own joy is a great goal. And your photos do capture your word!

  13. great photos and enjoy your JOY journey

  14. Love your OLW:Joy! Hope that you fing it! It is an amzing journey that we are on this year! Love your photos! Is that a cup of coffee I spy? Thanks for sharing!!!-Amanda (#21)

  15. Yes Amanda - cup of pipping hot coffee, because what brings more joy on a morning after your husband and 6 yr old son snored in the "big bed" all night. Little guy has a cold and keeps crawling in! Mandy our dog's birthday was today and he is the cutest little thing. He is a Shorkie (Yorkie and Shih Tzu mix). Sweetest temperment and he is smiling in the picture! Thank you everyone for the comments. I can't wait to see where this journey brings me.

  16. welcome to the blog hop! and here's to a great year!

  17. Hi - I found my way here via the Picture Inspiration class. Your thoughts on "joy" mirror mine. It's something that I don't celebrate enough and it's not for lack of joy in my home, either. Funny enough, my recent blog post is exactly about this topic. Glad I stopped in.

  18. So sorry I am late your part of the hop! I have been having some big internet issues so the last part of the list I wasn't able to get to until now. There is a conference in Beijing and the government cracks down on the internet and this makes blogs very hard to access and the internet in general SLOW! Anyway, I was so touched by your determination to bring joy into your life more. What a wonderful goal. I loved your photos especially the RED kitchenaid mixer - a woman after my own heart. Thanks so much for participating.