It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Helen Walton

Friday, December 27, 2013

Word of the year

Never quite finished this one

Part of my way of welcoming the New Year is to pick a 
Word of the Year
That word replaces any resolutions but is in fact a sort of a resolution in itself.
For 2013 I selected "stretch."
I wanted to expand my mind, try new things, go different places,
just s-t-r-e-t-c-h.
I found that even on the wrong side of 70, I could welcome new experiences
and try new things with my word of the year in mind. 
So this year?
Well 2014 isn't here yet but my front runner is 
Being of that certain age, it is important to keep your mind open to new ideas.
I want to open new doors in my life.
I want my eyes open to art inspiration
and my heart open to all.
As I write this, it is sounding like a resolution isn't it?
So be it.  
My word of the year is also my inspiration when the 
dreaded white sheet threatens me
So bring on 2014!
I think I'm ready.


  1. Heading to 57 - I needed to read this! thank you! May 2014 Open windows, doors, eyes, and mind! Here is to an artful healthy 2014!
    cheers, dana

  2. Your word art is gorgeous! Love the first one especially. Such pretty designs :)

  3. Stretching is good. In body and in art. Love your work.

  4. I like both words. I like how you can build on each word as the years go by. Staying open is always a good way to find out more about yourself and the world around you. I think you are on the right side of 70 :)

  5. I'm thinking there is no 'wrong side of seventy'--

    I love the idea of choosing a word for the year!

  6. These pages are all gorgeous! I love your choice of words and what they mean to you. And with a mindset like yours I have no doubt that you'll succeed. No matter what age you are .....

  7. Your 2013 resolution is fabulous and I see so much hope in your front runner resolution for this year. Your post brings a lot of wonderful things to ponder for the new year and a feast for the eyes. Love it!

  8. Hi Susan, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  9. wonderful words and artwork!
    Happy New Year!

  10. That is a fantastic word for 2014 - mine is 'worthy' - happy New Years

  11. I confess that I had to stop and think what the 'wrong side' of 70 meant because your words and your work is so full of YOUTH! Very inspiring! Axxx

  12. How exciting to have already pick your word and embrace it!

  13. I love your tile! As for age, this year I turned "9 years from 50". That is what I say when asked - - I just don't say what side, :-)

  14. Great word and great work! I do love your blog picture too. So happy!

  15. I love them all!!! And, yes, I do believe that they shout out YOUTHFUL!! :0) Share Humanity

  16. I love your word choice from 2013 and your art. So pretty and colorful. I'm brand new to Zentangle, since just before Thanksgiving, so I enjoy looking at everyone else's work. It's helping me find my way. I also love your word choice for this year and the fun openness you used to represent it.

    My word choice is CREATE. This is the third year I'm using the one word idea. I've loved it in the past and look forward to whatever this year brings. Best wishes to you for a wonderful new year!

  17. I love the word and what you did with it! We should all stretch in all ways this year! Thanks

  18. Your zia is beautiful and your words fill of wisdom. Thanks for sharing.

  19. These are great, sumptuous colors and inspirational thoughts.

  20. Love your post! I reached the milestone of 70 this year, which is hard to believe, so I think I can understand how you feel, as I have those same thoughts. I say, "onward and upward - come what may." So happy to have Zentangle in my life to distract me when those worrisome thoughts emerge. Loved all the posted pieces and your choice of word for 2014. Happy New Year to you.

  21. Great words, post, and artwork! Here's to 2014!


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